pull (verb) past tense: pulled LISTEN
If you pull something, it means that you move it in your direction.
- He pulled the chair toward the table.
Pull also means ‘to hurt a muscle,’ for example in your arm or leg.
- I pulled a muscle while I was playing tennis.
We can also use pull to mean ‘to go or move’ when we are talking about a car, train or bus. For example, pull out means ‘to start moving away’ and pull over means ‘to move to the side of the road.’
- The train pulled out of the station.
In the UK, when we can see from someone’s face that they don’t like something, we often say that they are pulling a face. For example, “She pulled a face when she put the olive in her mouth.” In the US we say make a face.
In pop culture
The opposite of pull is push. This video explains the difference.
There are other meanings of pull.