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For many years, I decided not to do television because I have three children, but now my youngest is finally old enough to be in kindergarten. So I'm not feeling that kind of tug of not being with her as much.
Elisabeth Shue

Meaning of "tug" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD TUG

Related to Old English tēon to tow1.
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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF TUG

tug  [tʌɡ] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF TUG

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Tug is a verb and can also act as a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

The verb is the part of the sentence that is conjugated and expresses action and state of being.

See the conjugation of the verb tug in English.

WHAT DOES TUG MEAN IN ENGLISH?

tug

Tugboat

A tugboat is a boat that maneuvers vessels by pushing or towing them. Tugs move vessels that either should not move themselves, such as ships in a crowded harbor or a narrow canal, or those that cannot move by themselves, such as barges, disabled ships, log rafts, or oil platforms. Tugboats are powerful for their size and strongly built, and some are ocean-going. Some tugboats serve as icebreakers or salvage boats. Early tugboats had steam engines, but today most have diesel engines. Many tugboats have firefighting monitors, allowing them to assist in firefighting, especially in harbors.

Definition of tug in the English dictionary

The first definition of tug in the dictionary is when intr, sometimes foll by at to pull or drag with sharp or powerful movements. Other definition of tug is to tow by means of a tug. Tug is also to work; toil.

CONJUGATION OF THE VERB TO TUG

PRESENT

Present
I tug
you tug
he/she/it tugs
we tug
you tug
they tug
Present continuous
I am tugging
you are tugging
he/she/it is tugging
we are tugging
you are tugging
they are tugging
Present perfect
I have tugged
you have tugged
he/she/it has tugged
we have tugged
you have tugged
they have tugged
Present perfect continuous
I have been tugging
you have been tugging
he/she/it has been tugging
we have been tugging
you have been tugging
they have been tugging
Present tense is used to refer to circumstances that exist at the present time or over a period that includes the present time. The present perfect refers to past events, although it can be considered to denote primarily the resulting present situation rather than the events themselves.

PAST

Past
I tugged
you tugged
he/she/it tugged
we tugged
you tugged
they tugged
Past continuous
I was tugging
you were tugging
he/she/it was tugging
we were tugging
you were tugging
they were tugging
Past perfect
I had tugged
you had tugged
he/she/it had tugged
we had tugged
you had tugged
they had tugged
Past perfect continuous
I had been tugging
you had been tugging
he/she/it had been tugging
we had been tugging
you had been tugging
they had been tugging
Past tense forms express circumstances existing at some time in the past,

FUTURE

Future
I will tug
you will tug
he/she/it will tug
we will tug
you will tug
they will tug
Future continuous
I will be tugging
you will be tugging
he/she/it will be tugging
we will be tugging
you will be tugging
they will be tugging
Future perfect
I will have tugged
you will have tugged
he/she/it will have tugged
we will have tugged
you will have tugged
they will have tugged
Future perfect continuous
I will have been tugging
you will have been tugging
he/she/it will have been tugging
we will have been tugging
you will have been tugging
they will have been tugging
The future is used to express circumstances that will occur at a later time.

CONDITIONAL

Conditional
I would tug
you would tug
he/she/it would tug
we would tug
you would tug
they would tug
Conditional continuous
I would be tugging
you would be tugging
he/she/it would be tugging
we would be tugging
you would be tugging
they would be tugging
Conditional perfect
I would have tug
you would have tug
he/she/it would have tug
we would have tug
you would have tug
they would have tug
Conditional perfect continuous
I would have been tugging
you would have been tugging
he/she/it would have been tugging
we would have been tugging
you would have been tugging
they would have been tugging
Conditional or "future-in-the-past" tense refers to hypothetical or possible actions.

IMPERATIVE

Imperative
you tug
we let´s tug
you tug
The imperative is used to form commands or requests.
NONFINITE VERB FORMS
Infinitive
to tug
Past participle
tugged
Present Participle
tugging
Infinitive shows the action beyond temporal perspective. The present participle or gerund shows the action during the session. The past participle shows the action after completion.

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE TUG

tuft
tuftaffeta
tuftaffety
tufted
tufted duck
tufted loosestrife
tufter
tuftily
tufty
tug-of-love
tug-of-war
tugboat
Tugela
tugged
tugger
tugging
tuggingly
tughrik
tugless
tugrik

WORDS THAT END LIKE TUG

Aug
bug
class C drug
debug
drug
dug
hug
jug
ladybug
lug
mug
plug
pug
rug
shrug
slug
snug
thug
ug
Zug

Synonyms and antonyms of tug in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «TUG»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «tug» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of tug
drag · draw · haul · heave · jerk · lug · pluck · pull · tow · traction · wrench · yank

Translation of «tug» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF TUG

Find out the translation of tug to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of tug from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «tug» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

猛拉
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

remolcar
570 millions of speakers

English

tug
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

tug
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

الساحبة
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

буксир
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

puxar
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

হেঁচকা
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

tirer
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Tug
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

zerren
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

ぐいと引っ張る
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

세게 당기다
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Tug
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

kéo co
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

இழுபறிக்குப்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

टग
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

römorkör
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

tirare con forza
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

holownik
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

буксир
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

remorcher
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

ρυμουλκό
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

pluk
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

ryck
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

slepebåt
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of tug

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «TUG»

The term «tug» is very widely used and occupies the 16.951 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «TUG» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «tug» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «tug» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about tug

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9 QUOTES WITH «TUG»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word tug.
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Justin Bieber
Now that I'm on top, everyone wants to bring me down. Everyone's trying to tug at me and take my spot.
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Jodie Foster
It's an interesting combination: Having a great fear of being alone, and having a desperate need for solitude and the solitary experience. That's always been a tug of war for me.
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Ella Henderson
I have never been in a serious relationship and never had a break-up, so I can't tug on my heartstrings that way. But whenever I experience a strong emotion in life, I definitely have to throw myself into my songwriting. It is very therapeutic.
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Bil Keane
Many of my cartoons are not a belly laugh. I go for nostalgia, the lump in the throat, the tear in the eye, the tug in the heart.
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Helen Oyeyemi
I think I started writing about identity, and I used to believe that identity is the story. But now I'm not so much subscribed to that. I mean, with 'Mr. Fox,' it has a feminist agenda as well. And so, as I sort of been away from writing about identity, I still feel that kind of tug of roots and, you know, cultural background.
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George S. Patton
You need to overcome the tug of people against you as you reach for high goals.
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Elisabeth Shue
For many years, I decided not to do television because I have three children, but now my youngest is finally old enough to be in kindergarten. So I'm not feeling that kind of tug of not being with her as much.
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Shel Silverstein
I will not play tug o' war. I'd rather play hug o' war. Where everyone hugs instead of tugs, Where everyone giggles and rolls on the rug, Where everyone kisses, and everyone grins, and everyone cuddles, and everyone wins.
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Trey Songz
I like hair each and every way. I like to give scalp massages - to pull and tug on it. But my favorite style is long, real hair in a dusty blonde-brown color.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «TUG»

Discover the use of tug in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to tug and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Little Tug
This simple, endearing book with a charming retro feel and an emotional punch is the first book for Roaring Brook Press by the acclaimed author of Polar Bear Night (New York Times Best Illustrated book) and Where's Walrus?
Stephen Savage, 2012
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Tug of War: A Judge's Verdict on Separation, Custody ...
Tug of War is the first book of its kind.
Harvey Brownstone, 2009
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Tug of War: Ottawa and the Provinces Under Trudeau and Mulroney
First published in 1986, Tug of War offers an analytical look at power struggles between provincial and federal governments during the 1980s.
David Milne, 1986
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The Great Tug of War
Presents a series of folktales about clever Mmutla the hare, the original African version of Brer Rabbit.
Beverley Naidoo, 2006
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A Deadly Game of Tug of War: The Kelsey Smith-Briggs Story
Kelsey was a bubbly ray of sunshine.
Craig Key, 2008
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Space Tug
Joe Kenmore heard the airlock close with a sickening wheeze and then a clank.
Murray Leinster, 2013
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Tug of War: Classical Versus "modern" Dressage : why ...
Describing the basic anatomy and physiology of the horse, this book by an experienced veterinarian identifies widely-used incorrect training methods—especially in dressage—that can undermine a horse's health and well-being.
Gerd Heuschmann, 2007
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Tug-of-War
Chris can’t wait to return to Pine Haven Camp and reunite with her camp BFF Maggie, except for one little snag—this summer, her BFF from home, Devon, is coming to Pine Haven for the first time.
Katy Grant, 2010
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Anansi and the Tug O' War
Anansi the spider uses brain power to teach Elephant and Killer Whale to be respectful of smaller, weaker creatures. Original.
‎2007
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A Gentle Tug
One moment I was in that most beautiful place called Paradise.
Howard Dailey, calibre (0.7.43) [http://calibre-ebook.com], Barbara Pannell, 2011

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «TUG»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term tug is used in the context of the following news items.
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Paul McCartney Preps 'Tug of War,' 'Pipes of Peace' Reissues
Paul McCartney's early Eighties efforts, Tug of War and Pipes of Peace, will be reissued on October 2nd, with both arriving as multi-disc sets boasting numerous ... «RollingStone.com, Jul 15»
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Roland Emmerich introduces the 'Moon Tug' in new photo from …
More specifically, what he calls the Moon Tug. Anyone want to venture a guess as to what a Moon Tug is? Let's hope we don't have to wait until the movie's ... «Entertainment Weekly, Jun 15»
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Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes 'tug-of-war'
Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes are in a "tug-of-war" over their pre-nuptial agreement. The 'Drive' star and the '2 Fast 2 Furious' actress - who have ... «Washington Post, Jun 15»
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Tug boat to become newest artificial reef
Pull out those log books captains, Escambia County is about to create a new fishing spot. And divers, you can use it too. The county will use $45,000 of local ... «Pensacola News Journal, May 15»
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Cocaine Seized from Tug in North Sea
Acting on intelligence supplied by the NCA, the ocean-going tug MV Hamal was intercepted by the Royal Navy frigate HMS Somerset and Border Force cutter ... «The Maritime Executive, Apr 15»
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Woman sentenced for 'tug-of-war' abuse of child
BRENTWOOD, N.H. —A Newton woman was sentenced to at least 10 years in prison Tuesday for injuring her child in what prosecutors called a tug-of-war with ... «WMUR Manchester, Mar 15»
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Tug of war: Obama, Congress at odds over who's in control
WASHINGTON (AP) - Since Republicans took control of Congress two months ago, an elaborate tug of war has broken out between GOP lawmakers and ... «Washington Times, Mar 15»
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Marlins Newcomer Haren Still Feels The Tug Of Family
Haren, 34, reported to his new team Friday after contemplating retirement, but it's clear he still feels the tug of family. Back in Los Angeles are his wife and their ... «CBS Local, Feb 15»
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Coast Guard rescues tug, barge stuck in ice
Two Coast Guard cutters and a commercial vessel went to the aid of a tugboat and barge that got stuck in ice on the frozen Hudson River off West Point early ... «The Journal News | LoHud.com, Feb 15»
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11 Rescued from Sunken Tug
Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector Honolulu command center received a call at 3:13 p.m., via VHF Channel 16 from the pilot aboard the tug Nalani stating ... «The Maritime Executive, Jan 15»

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