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towverb [T]

uk   /təʊ/ us   /toʊ/
to pull a car, boat, etc. along, fastened behind 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.
also tow sth away to take away a vehicle that has been parked illegally using an official truck, to a place from which the driver has to pay to pick it up: You're not allowed to park here - your car will be towed away .US This part of town is a tow zone (= one in which cars left illegally will be removed).

townoun

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.
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"tow" in American English

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towverb [T]

us   /toʊ/
to pull a car, boat, aircraft, etc., using a rope or a chain attached to another vehicle: The town tows abandoned cars and then fines their owners.

townoun [C]

us   /toʊ/
the act of pulling someone's vehicle using a rope or chain attached to your vehicle: My car broke down and Bob gave me a tow.
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(Definition of tow from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “tow”
in Korean (차나 배를) 끌다, 견인하다…
in Arabic يَجُرّ…
in Malaysian menunda…
in French remorquer…
in Russian буксировать…
in Chinese (Traditional) 拖,拉,牽引(車、船等)…
in Italian rimorchiare, trainare…
in Turkish (araba, tekne vb.) çekmek…
in Polish holować…
in Spanish remolcar…
in Vietnamese kéo đi…
in Portuguese rebocar…
in Thai พ่วง…
in German (ab-)schleppen…
in Catalan remolcar…
in Japanese (車や船など)をけん引する…
in Chinese (Simplified) 拖,拉,牵引(车、船等)…
in Indonesian menarik…
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