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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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of cling

clung

play \ˈkləŋ\

clinging

  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>

clinger

play \ˈkliŋ-ər\ noun

clingy

play \ˈkliŋ-ē\ adjective

Examples of cling in a sentence

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

  2. <a dozen magnets clinging to the refrigerator>



Origin and Etymology 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 in a sentence

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



Circa 1625

First Known Use of cling

circa 1625



CLING Defined for Kids

cling

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verb \ˈkliŋ\

Definition of cling for Students

clung

\ˈkləŋ\

clinging

  1. 1 :  to hold fast by grasping or winding around <To avoid falling, cling to the railing.>

  2. 2 :  to remain close <He clings to the family.>

  3. 3 :  to hold fast or stick closely to a surface <These wet socks are clinging to my feet.>

  4. 4 :  to continue to believe in <We clung to the hope that we'd be rescued.>





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