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verb drag pronunciation in British English /dræɡ/
Word Forms
present tense
present participledragging
past tensedragged
past participledragged
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  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. a.
      to pull part of your body along the ground because you are injured

      The bird walked slowly, dragging one wing along.

    2. 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. 4
    [intransitive] if something drags on the ground, it touches the ground when someone or something is moving along, for example because it is too long or too heavy
    drag along/in/on:

    I heard a chain dragging along the ground.

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

    The first hour of the film really dragged.

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

    Drag the file into a folder.

  7. 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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