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dragverb [I/T]

 us   /dræɡ/ (-gg-)
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 ​slowsprogress or ​development, or that makes ​success less ​likely: Keeping a ​largestaff is a drag on ​ourincome.
  • 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 ​clothesworn by a man
(Definition of drag from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"drag" in British 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 ​computerscreen 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 ​pullnets or hooks (= ​curvedwires) 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 ​computerscreen, you ​move it from one ​area to another using the mouse.

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  • drag verb (BORING)

C2 [I] If something such as a ​film or ​performance drags, it ​seems to go ​slowly because it is ​boring: The first ​half of the ​movie was ​interesting but the second ​half dragged (on).


uk   /dræɡ/  us   /dræɡ/
  • drag noun (PULL)

[S or U] specialized physics, engineering the ​force that ​acts against the ​forwardmovement 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 (SUCK)

[C] slang the ​action of taking in ​air through a ​cigarette: Taking a ​deep drag of/on his ​cigarette he ​closed his ​eyes and ​sighed.
  • drag noun (CLOTHES)

[U] informal the ​activity of ​dressing in ​clothes of the ​oppositesex, ​especially of a man ​dressing in women's ​clothes, often for ​humorousentertainment: a man in drag
(Definition of drag from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"drag" in Business English

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uk   us   /dræɡ/ (-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 ​weakconsumerconfidence caused by ​worldeconomic turmoil.
[I] to take a ​longtime, or ​progress very slowly: The ​planned one-hour ​session dragged into its third hour. Negotiations have dragged onlonger than expected.
[T] IT to ​move something on a ​computerscreen 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 ​computerscreen to another using the mouse: The ​softwareallows you to drag and ​drop elements for the ​page - ​images, ​text, etc. - anywhere you want.
Phrasal verbs

dragnoun [C, usually singular]

uk   us   /dræɡ/
something that ​slows down or ​limitsdevelopment: Ailing ​drugshares were another drag on the ​market. High ​energyprices 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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