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English definition of “tow”

tow

verb [T] uk   /təʊ/ us    /toʊ/
to pull a car, boat, etc. along, using a rope or a chain tied to another vehicle or boat: You shouldn't drive fast when your car is towing a caravan. The road was closed while the vehicles that had been involved in the accident were towed away/off. The damaged boat was towed to safety.
Phrasal verbs

tow

noun uk   /təʊ/ us    /toʊ/
give sb/sth a tow to pull someone's vehicle using a rope or chain tied to your vehicle: When my car broke down, a police car gave me a tow to the nearest garage. on tow UK (US in tow, Australian English also under tow) being pulled along: The car in front of us is on tow - that's why we're going so slowly. The damaged boat drifted for days before it was finally taken in tow.
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