Meaning of “drag” in the English Dictionary

"drag" in English

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uk /dræɡ/ us /dræɡ/ -gg-

drag verb (PULL)

B2 [ T ] to move something by pulling it along a surface, usually the ground:

Pick the chair up instead of dragging it behind you!
She dragged the canoe down to the water.

C2 [ T + adv/prep ] to make someone go somewhere they do not want to go:

She had to drag her kids away from the toys.
I really had to drag myself out of bed this morning.

B1 [ T ] to move something on a computer screen using a mouse

[ T ] If you drag a subject into a conversation, etc., you begin to talk about it even if it is not connected with what you are talking about:

She's always dragging sex into the conversation.

[ T ] to pull nets or hooks (= curved wires) along the bottom of a river or lake in order to find something:

They found the man's body after dragging the canal.
drag and drop

B1 If you drag and drop something on a computer screen, you move it from one area to another using the mouse.

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uk /dræɡ/ us /dræɡ/

drag noun (BORING THING)

[ S ] informal something that is not convenient and is boring or unpleasant:

Filling in forms is such a drag!
I've got to go to the dentist again - what a drag!

drag noun (PULL)

[ S or U ] specialized physics, engineering the force that acts against the forward movement of something that is passing through a gas or a liquid:

Engineers are always looking for ways to minimize drag when they design new aircraft.

drag noun (CLOTHES)

[ U ] informal the activity of dressing in clothes of the opposite sex, especially of a man dressing in women's clothes, often for humorous entertainment:

a man in drag

(Definition of “drag” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"drag" in American English

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dragverb [ I/T ]

us /dræɡ/ -gg-

drag verb [ I/T ] (PULL)

to move something heavy by pulling it along the ground:

[ T ] If the box is too heavy to lift, just drag it over here.

fig. To drag someone away/out is to persuade someone to leave or do something when the person does not want to do it:

[ T ] I hate to drag you away from the party, but we really have to go.

If you drag out an event, you cause it to continue for longer than is necessary or convenient:

[ M ] They should make a decision now instead of dragging out the discussion.

If an event drags, it seems to happen very slowly:

[ I ] The play dragged in the second act.



us /dræɡ/

drag noun (PULL)

[ C ] something or someone that slows progress or development, or that makes success less likely:

Keeping a large staff is a drag on our income.

drag noun (BORING EVENT)

[ U ] infml someone or something that is unpleasant and boring:

Waiting in a doctor’s office is such a drag!

drag noun (CLOTHES)

[ U ] slang women’s clothes worn by a man

(Definition of “drag” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"drag" in Business English

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uk /dræɡ/ us -gg-

[ I or T ] to become lower or less, or to make something do this:

Sales have been dragging this month.
Jewellery exports will be dragged by weak consumer confidence caused by world economic turmoil.

[ I ] to take a long time, or progress very slowly:

The planned one-hour session dragged into its third hour.
Negotiations have dragged on longer than expected.

[ T ] IT to move something on a computer screen using the mouse:

Select the text you want to move and drag it where you want it to be.
drag sth to/over/into etc. sth Click and hold on any button to drag it off the toolbar.
drag and drop

IT to move something from one area of a computer screen to another using the mouse:

The software allows you to drag and drop elements for the page - images, text, etc. - anywhere you want.

Phrasal verb(s)

dragnoun [ C, usually singular ]

uk /dræɡ/ us

something that slows down or limits development:

Ailing drug shares were another drag on the market.
High energy prices will continue to be a drag on the economy.

(Definition of “drag” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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