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"tow" in British English

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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 ​drivefast when ​yourcar is towing a ​caravan. The ​road was ​closed while the ​vehicles that had been ​involved in the ​accident were towed away/off. The ​damagedboat was towed to ​safety. (also tow sth away) to take away a ​vehicle that has been ​parkedillegally using an ​officialtruck, to a ​place from which the ​driver has to ​pay to ​pick it up: You're not ​allowed to ​park here - ​yourcar will be towed away .US This ​part of ​town is a tow zone (= one in which ​carsleftillegally will be ​removed).

townoun

uk   /təʊ/  us   /toʊ/
give sb/sth a tow to ​pull someone's ​vehicle using a ​rope or ​chaintied to ​yourvehicle: When my ​carbroke down, a ​policecar gave me a tow to the ​nearestgarage.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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(Definition of tow from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"tow" in American English

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towverb [T]

 us   /toʊ/
to ​pull a ​car, ​boat, ​aircraft, etc., using a ​rope or a ​chainattached to another ​vehicle: The ​town tows ​abandonedcars and then ​finestheir owners.

townoun [C]

 us   /toʊ/
the ​act of ​pulling someone's ​vehicle using a ​rope or ​chainattached to ​yourvehicle: My ​carbroke 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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