tow 1 (tō)
tr.v. towed, tow·ing, tows
To draw or pull behind by a chain or line: a tugboat towing a barge. See Synonyms at pull.
1. The act or an instance of towing: Can you give my car a tow?
a. Something, such as a tugboat, that tows.
b. Something, such as a barge or car, that is towed.
3. A rope or cable used in towing.
1. In a condition of being towed: a car with a trailer in tow.
2. Under close guidance; in one's charge: The new student was taken in tow by a peer counselor.
3. As a companion or follower: came to dinner with a friend in tow.
[Middle English towen, from Old English togian; see deuk- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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