how to pronounce tow


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the above transcription of tow is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

tow is pronounced in one syllable

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An example use of tow in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… rock and rope-tow she found them saved …”

meanings of tow


  1. Initialism of tube-launched, optically tracked, wire-guided: a kind of antitank missile.
  2. A rope or cable used in towing.
  3. A speed increase given by driving in front of another car on a straight, which causes a slipstream for the car behind.
  4. The act of towing and the condition of being towed.
  5. Something, such as a tugboat, that tows.
  6. The short, coarse, less desirable fibers separated by hackling from the finer longer fibers (line).
  7. An untwisted bundle of fibers such as cellulose acetate, flax, hemp or jute.
  8. Something, such as a barge, that is towed.


  1. To pull something behind one using a line or chain; to haul.
  2. To aid someone behind by shielding them from wind resistance.


  1. A surname​.

tow frequency in english - C2 level of CEFR

the word tow occurs in english on average 5.3 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics tow can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that tow can be often used in the following areas:

1) business and work;

2) transport and travel;

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