Basic+ Word of the Day: pull

pull (verb) past tense: pulled LISTEN

They are pulling the rope.

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.

Common uses

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.

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