Synonyms of dragging


1. drag, pull, draw, force

usage: pull, as against a resistance; "He dragged the big suitcase behind him"; "These worries were dragging at him"

2. haul, hale, cart, drag, pull, draw, force

usage: draw slowly or heavily; "haul stones"; "haul nets"

3. embroil, tangle, sweep, sweep up, drag, drag in, involve

usage: force into some kind of situation, condition, or course of action; "They were swept up by the events"; "don't drag me into this business"

4. drag, travel, go, move, locomote

usage: move slowly and as if with great effort

5. drag, trail, get behind, hang back, drop behind, drop back, lag, dawdle, fall back, fall behind

usage: to lag or linger behind; "But in so many other areas we still are dragging"

6. puff, drag, draw, inhale, inspire, breathe in

usage: suck in or take (air); "draw a deep breath"; "draw on a cigarette"

7. drag, move, displace

usage: use a computer mouse to move icons on the screen and select commands from a menu; "drag this icon to the lower right hand corner of the screen"

8. scuff, drag, shuffle, scuffle, shamble

usage: walk without lifting the feet

9. dredge, drag, search, seek, look for

usage: search (as the bottom of a body of water) for something valuable or lost

10. drag, persuade

usage: persuade to come away from something attractive or interesting; "He dragged me away from the television set"

11. drag, drag on, drag out, proceed, go

usage: proceed for an extended period of time; "The speech dragged on for two hours"


1. dragging, effortful (vs. effortless)

usage: marked by a painfully slow and effortful manner; "it was a strange dragging approach"; "years of dragging war"

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Definition and meaning of dragging (Dictionary)