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Meaning & Definition of Drag in English

English

Drag

/dræg/

noun

1. The phenomenon of resistance to motion through a fluid

    synonym:
  • drag
  • ,
  • retarding force

2. Something that slows or delays progress

  • "Taxation is a drag on the economy"
  • "Too many laws are a drag on the use of new land"
    synonym:
  • drag

3. Something tedious and boring

  • "Peeling potatoes is a drag"
    synonym:
  • drag

4. Clothing that is conventionally worn by the opposite sex (especially women's clothing when worn by a man)

  • "He went to the party dressed in drag"
  • "The waitresses looked like missionaries in drag"
    synonym:
  • drag

5. A slow inhalation (as of tobacco smoke)

  • "He took a puff on his pipe"
  • "He took a drag on his cigarette and expelled the smoke slowly"
    synonym:
  • puff
  • ,
  • drag
  • ,
  • pull

6. The act of dragging (pulling with force)

  • "The drag up the hill exhausted him"
    synonym:
  • drag

verb

1. Pull, as against a resistance

  • "He dragged the big suitcase behind him"
  • "These worries were dragging at him"
    synonym:
  • drag

2. Draw slowly or heavily

  • "Haul stones"
  • "Haul nets"
    synonym:
  • haul
  • ,
  • hale
  • ,
  • cart
  • ,
  • drag

3. Force into some kind of situation, condition, or course of action

  • "They were swept up by the events"
  • "Don't drag me into this business"
    synonym:
  • embroil
  • ,
  • tangle
  • ,
  • sweep
  • ,
  • sweep up
  • ,
  • drag
  • ,
  • drag in

4. Move slowly and as if with great effort

    synonym:
  • drag

5. To lag or linger behind

  • "But in so many other areas we still are dragging"
    synonym:
  • drag
  • ,
  • trail
  • ,
  • get behind
  • ,
  • hang back
  • ,
  • drop behind
  • ,
  • drop back

6. Suck in or take (air)

  • "Draw a deep breath"
  • "Draw on a cigarette"
    synonym:
  • puff
  • ,
  • drag
  • ,
  • draw

7. Use a computer mouse to move icons on the screen and select commands from a menu

  • "Drag this icon to the lower right hand corner of the screen"
    synonym:
  • drag

8. Walk without lifting the feet

    synonym:
  • scuff
  • ,
  • drag

9. Search (as the bottom of a body of water) for something valuable or lost

    synonym:
  • dredge
  • ,
  • drag

10. Persuade to come away from something attractive or interesting

  • "He dragged me away from the television set"
    synonym:
  • drag

11. Proceed for an extended period of time

  • "The speech dragged on for two hours"
    synonym:
  • drag
  • ,
  • drag on
  • ,
  • drag out

Examples of using

The children will be a drag on me, so I want to go without them.