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cling

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verb \ˈkliŋ\

Simple Definition of cling

  • : to hold onto something or someone very tightly

  • : to stay very close to someone for emotional support, protection, etc.

  • : to stick to something or someone

Full Definition of cling

clung play \ˈkləŋ\ cling·ing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to hold together b :  to adhere as if glued firmly c :  to hold or hold on tightly or tenaciously

  3. 2 a :  to have a strong emotional attachment or dependence <he clung to his friends for support> b :  to remain or linger as if resisting complete dissipation or dispersal <the odor clung to the room for hours>

cling·er play \ˈkliŋ-ər\ noun
clingy play \ˈkliŋ-ē\ adjective

Examples of cling

  1. The children clung together under the little umbrella waiting for the storm to pass.

  2. <a dozen magnets clinging to the refrigerator>



Origin of cling

Middle English, from Old English clingan; akin to Old High German klunga tangled ball of thread


First Known Use: before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of cling

stick, adhere, cohere, cling, cleave mean to become closely attached. stick implies attachment by affixing or by being glued together <couldn't get the label to stick>. adhere is often interchangeable with stick but sometimes implies a growing together <antibodies adhering to a virus>. cohere suggests a sticking together of parts so that they form a unified mass <eggs will make the mixture cohere>. cling implies attachment by hanging on with arms or tendrils <clinging to a capsized boat>. cleave stresses strength of attachment <the wet shirt cleaved to his back>.

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cling

noun

Definition of cling

  1. :  an act or instance of clinging :  adherence



Examples of cling

  1. <for certain types of materials that plastic wrap has very little cling>



Circa 1625

First Known Use of cling

circa 1625




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