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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
drag /dræg/USA pronunciation   v.,  dragged, drag•ging, n., adj. 
v. 
  1. to pull slowly and with effort;
    haul:[+ object]dragged his injured foot behind him.
  2. to be pulled along;
    to move heavily or slowly and with great effort:[no object]The bride's long dress began to drag along the ground.
  3. to search (a lake, etc.) with a net or hook:[+ object]began to drag the lake for bodies.
  4. to introduce or put in:[+ object]He drags his war stories into every conversation.
  5. to (cause to) go on for too long a time: [no object]The discussion dragged on for hours.[+ object + out]They dragged the discussion out for three hours.[+ out + object]to drag out a discussion.
  6. to feel listless and exhausted;
    to move in such a manner:[no object]This heat has everyone dragging around.
  7. Computing to pull (a graphic image) from one place to another on a computer monitor:[+ object]Drag the icon and release it.
  8. to lag behind:[no object]He's dragging behind in the race.
  9. to take a puff:[+ on + object]to drag on a cigarette.
  10. to bring up (an issue) unfairly: [+ up + object]They keep dragging up my past.[+ object + up]They dragged those old stories up again.

n. 
  1. Nautical, Naval Terms[countable] a device for dragging the bottom of a body of water to recover objects.
  2. Agriculture[countable] a heavy frame drawn over the ground to smooth it.
  3. someone or something that keeps one from achieving some goal:[countable]He felt his wife had been a drag on his career as an actor.
  4. Slang Termssomeone or something boring or uninteresting:[countable;  usually: a + ~]This party's a drag.
  5. Aeronautics[uncountable] the force in the air on a wing in motion through the air that tends to reduce its forward motion;
    resistance.
  6. a puff on a cigarette, pipe, etc.:[countable]He took a drag on a cigarette.
  7. [Slang.]clothing usually worn by the opposite sex:[uncountable]He went to the dance in drag, wearing a dress and high heel shoes.
  8. Slang Terms[uncountable]influence;
    clout.

adj. 
  1. [Slang.]associated with the opposite sex;
    transvestite.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
drag  (drag),USA pronunciation v.,  dragged, drag•ging, n., adj. 
v.t. 
  1. to draw with force, effort, or difficulty;
    pull heavily or slowly along;
    haul;
    trail:They dragged the carpet out of the house.
  2. to search with a drag, grapnel, or the like:They dragged the lake for the body of the missing man.
  3. to level and smooth (land) with a drag or harrow.
  4. to introduce;
    inject;
    insert:He drags his honorary degree into every discussion.
  5. to protract (something) or pass (time) tediously or painfully (often fol. by out or on):They dragged the discussion out for three hours.
  6. Computingto pull (a graphical image) from one place to another on a computer display screen, esp. by using a mouse.

v.i. 
  1. to be drawn or hauled along.
  2. to trail on the ground.
  3. to move heavily or with effort.
  4. to proceed or pass with tedious slowness:The parade dragged by endlessly.
  5. to feel listless or apathetic;
    move listlessly or apathetically (often fol. by around):This heat wave has everyone dragging around.
  6. to lag behind.
  7. to use a drag or grapnel;
    dredge.
  8. to take part in a drag race.
  9. to take a puff:to drag on a cigarette.
  10. Idiomsdrag one's feet or  heels, to act with reluctance;
    delay:The committee is dragging its feet coming to a decision.

n. 
  1. [Naut.]
    • Naval Termsa designed increase of draft toward the stern of a vessel.
    • Naval Termsresistance to the movement of a hull through the water.
    • Naval Termsany of a number of weights dragged cumulatively by a vessel sliding down ways to check its speed.
    • Naval Termsany object dragged in the water, as a sea anchor.
    • Naval Termsany device for dragging the bottom of a body of water to recover or detect objects.
  2. Agriculturea heavy wooden or steel frame drawn over the ground to smooth it.
  3. Slang Termssomeone or something tedious;
    a bore:It's a drag having to read this old novel.
  4. a stout sledge or sled.
  5. [Aeron.]the aerodynamic force exerted on an airfoil, airplane, or other aerodynamic body that tends to reduce its forward motion.
  6. a four-horse sporting and passenger coach with seats inside and on top.
  7. a metal shoe to receive a wheel of heavy wagons and serve as a brake on steep grades.
  8. something that retards progress.
  9. an act of dragging.
  10. slow, laborious movement or procedure;
    retardation.
  11. a puff or inhalation on a cigarette, pipe, etc.
  12. Sport[Hunting.]
    • the scent left by a fox or other animal.
    • something, as aniseed, dragged over the ground to leave an artificial scent.
    • Also called  drag hunt. a hunt, esp. a fox hunt, in which the hounds follow an artificial scent.
  13. Sport[Angling.]
    • a brake on a fishing reel.
    • the sideways pull on a fishline, as caused by a crosscurrent.
  14. clothing characteristically associated with one sex when worn by a person of the opposite sex:a Mardi Gras ball at which many of the dancers were in drag.
  15. clothing characteristic of a particular occupation or milieu:Two guests showed up in gangster drag.
  16. BuildingAlso called  comb. [Masonry.]a steel plate with a serrated edge for dressing a stone surface.
  17. Metallurgythe lower part of a flask. Cf. cope2 (def. 5).
  18. Slang Termsinfluence:He claims he has drag with his senator.
  19. Slang Termsa girl or woman that one is escorting;
    date.
  20. Informal Termsa street or thoroughfare, esp. a main street of a town or city.
  21. AutomotiveSee  drag race. 
  22. Dialect Terms[Eastern New Eng.]a sledge, as for carrying stones from a field.

adj. 
  1. marked by or involving the wearing of clothing characteristically associated with the opposite sex;
    transvestite.
  • Middle Low German dragge grapnel, draggen to dredge, derivative of drag- draw; defs. 29-30, 38, obscurely related to other senses and perh. a distinct word of independent origin, originally
  • 1350–1400; 1920–25 for def. 18; Middle English; both noun, nominal and verb, verbal probably
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged See  draw. 
    • 11.See corresponding entry in Unabridged linger, loiter.


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

drag /dræɡ/ vb (drags, dragging, dragged)
  1. to pull or be pulled with force, esp along the ground or other surface
  2. (tr; often followed by away or from) to persuade to come away (from something attractive or interesting): he couldn't drag himself away from the shop
  3. to trail or cause to trail on the ground
  4. (transitive) to move (oneself, one's feet, etc) with effort or difficulty: he drags himself out of bed at dawn
  5. to linger behind
  6. often followed by on or out: to prolong or be prolonged tediously or unnecessarily: his talk dragged on for hours
  7. (tr followed by out or from) to crush (clods) or level (a soil surface) by use of a drag
  8. (of hounds) to follow (a fox or its trail) to the place where it has been lying
  9. (intransitive) slang to draw (on a cigarette, pipe, etc)
  10. to move (data) from one place to another on the screen by manipulating a mouse with its button held down
  11. drag anchor(of a vessel) to move away from its mooring because the anchor has failed to hold
  12. drag one's feet, drag one's heelsinformal to act with deliberate slowness
n
  1. the act of dragging or the state of being dragged
  2. an implement, such as a dragnet, dredge, etc, used for dragging
  3. Also called: drag harrow a type of harrow consisting of heavy beams, often with spikes inserted, used to crush clods, level soil, or prepare seedbeds
  4. a sporting coach with seats inside and out, usually drawn by four horses
  5. a braking or retarding device, such as a metal piece fitted to the underside of the wheel of a horse-drawn vehicle
  6. a person or thing that slows up progress
  7. slow progress or movement
  8. the resistance to the motion of a body passing through a fluid, esp through air: applied to an aircraft in flight, it is the component of the resultant aerodynamic force measured parallel to the direction of air flow
  9. the trail of scent left by a fox or other animal hunted with hounds
  10. an artificial trail of a strong-smelling substance, sometimes including aniseed, drawn over the ground for hounds to follow
  11. See drag hunt
  12. informal a person or thing that is very tedious; bore: exams are a drag
  13. slang a car
  14. short for drag race
  15. slang women's clothes worn by a man, usually by a transvestite (esp in the phrase in drag)
  16. (as modifier): a drag club, drag show
  17. clothes collectively
  18. informal a draw on a cigarette, pipe, etc
  19. US slang influence or persuasive power
  20. chiefly US slang a street or road

See also drag out of, drag upEtymology: Old English dragan to draw; related to Swedish dragga



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