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Synonyms for tow

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. tow, towage(verb)

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

    "the truck gave him a tow to the garage"


  2. tow(verb)

    drag behind

    "Horses used to tow barges along the canal"

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. tow

    One object draws another when it moves it toward itself or in the direction of its own motion by the exertion of adequate force, whether slight or powerful. To attract is to exert a force that tends to draw, tho it may produce no actual motion; all objects are attracted toward the earth, tho they may be sustained from falling. To drag is to draw against strong resistance; as, to drag a sled over bare ground, or a carriage up a steep hill. To pull is to exert a drawing force, whether adequate or inadequate; as, the fish pulls on the line; a dentist pulls a tooth. To tug is to draw, or try to draw, a resisting object with a continuous straining motion; as, to tug at the oar. To haul is to draw somewhat slowly a heavy object; as, to haul a seine; to haul logs. One vessel tows another. In the figurative sense, attract is more nearly akin to incline, draw to induce. We are attracted by one's appearance, drawn to his side. Compare ALLURE; ARRAY; INFLUENCE.

    See synonyms for DRIVE.

    allure, attract, drag, draw, entice, haul, incline, induce, lead, lure, pull, tug

    alienate, estrange, rebuff, reject, repel, repulse

    To draw water from or out of the well; draw the boat through the water, to the shore; draw air into the lungs; draw with cords of love; the wagon is drawn by horses, along the road, across the field, over the stones, through the woods, to the barn.

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. tow

    drag, draw, pull, haul

Editors Contribution

  1. hauling

    exert force on (someone or something) so as to cause movement towards oneself

    she hauled the laden basket up the slope

    Submitted by rinat on September 10, 2019  

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. tow(n.)

    refuse flax, hards

  2. tow(v. a.)

    draw (as a vessel, through the water), haul, drag, draw, pull, take in tow

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases:

    towing, trailer, tug, towage, towline, tugboat, drag, trawl

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How to use tow in a sentence?

  1. Drew Kilkenny:

    I’ve seen motor coaches, Corvettes, normal cars, etc., people get stuck up there all the time [because] they don’t air their tires down to 15 [pounds per square inch] so the tow companies love that.

  2. Rami Abdulrahman:

    The TOW had a primary role, along with the foreign fighters.

  3. Mathew Huntsberger:

    The tow truck was on the way. We didn't think anything was going to happen, it was complete shock.

  4. Asem Zidan:

    And the TOW missiles helped us to prevent the regime pushing forward for some time... but it was n’t enough.

  5. Harold Feld:

    Granted everyone would like to see signs one way or the other, but I think that this is mostly the chairman putting up a Washington poker face, Chairman Wheeler has learned that on net neutrality he has to tow a very careful line and all of his statements are very carefully neutral.

Translations for tow

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  • remolcarCatalan, Valencian
  • vlečné lano, táhnout, vléciCzech
  • Abschleppen, Schleppen, Schlepper, SchlepptauGerman
  • ρυμουλκώGreek
  • remolque, remolcar, remolcadorSpanish
  • hinataFinnish
  • remorquer, tracter, remorquage, étoupeFrench
  • slaodScottish Gaelic
  • solear, abordelar, remolcarGalician
  • capecchioItalian
  • vilkšana, pakulas, vilcējs, virveLatvian
  • pārete, taki, pūngahungahu, ngai, tōMāori
  • trekkabel, sleeptouwDutch
  • holowanie, pakuły, holować, holPolish
  • reboque, rebocar, rebocadorPortuguese
  • stupăRomanian
  • тащи́ть, па́кля, буксиро́вочный трос, букси́р, тяну́ть, буксиро́вка, букси́ровать, тяга́чRussian
  • priadza, kúdeľ, vliecť, ťahaťSlovak
  • yedekte çekmekTurkish

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