Meaning of tow


To tow something is to drag or pull it, the way a truck will tow your car away if you park it illegally.

A boat can tow a smaller boat behind it, and a person can even tow another person: “I had to tow my little brother down the hall by his arm to get him to leave the party.” You can use tow as a noun as well: “My car won’t start. Can I get a tow to the gas station?” Sometimes the chain or rope that’s used to tow something is also called a tow.

Definitions of tow
  1. verb

    drag behind

    “Horses used to
    tow barges along the canal”
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    tow (a vessel) with a tug
    type of:

    pull along, schlep, shlep

    pull along heavily, like a heavy load against a resistance

  2. noun

    the act of hauling something (as a vehicle) by means of a hitch or rope

    “the truck gave him a
    tow to the garage”


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    type of:

    draw, haul, haulage

    the act of drawing or hauling something

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