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verb drag pronunciation in British English /dræɡ/ 
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present tense
present participledragging
past tensedragged
past participledragged
  1. 1
    [transitive] to pull something or someone along with difficulty, for example because they are heavy
    drag something down/along/through something:

    She dragged her suitcase down the path.

    drag something/someone to/into/onto something:

    He jumped into the river and dragged her to safety.

    1. b.
      to pull something somewhere strongly or quickly

      I scarcely had time to drag a comb through my hair.

  2. 2
    [transitive] to pull someone strongly or violently when they do not want to go with you
    drag someone along/to/into something:

    Xavier grabbed his arm and dragged him over to the window.

  3. 3
    [transitive] to make someone leave or go to a place when they do not want to
    drag someone out of/away from/off something:

    I'm sorry to call so early – I hope I didn't drag you out of bed.

    You drag me away from my meeting just to tell me this!

    drag yourself away/up/down etc:

    If you can manage to drag yourself away from the TV you can help.

  4. 5
    [intransitive] if time drags, it seems to pass very slowly, usually because you are bored

    The first hour of the film really dragged.

  5. 6
    [transitive] computing to move something across a computer screen using the mouse

    Drag the file into a folder.

  6. 7
    [transitive] to try to find something in an area of water by pulling a net along the bottom of it

    Police are dragging the river near where he was last seen.


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