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dangle

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verb dan·gle \ ˈdaŋ-gəl \

Definition of dangle

dangled; dangling play \-g(ə-)liŋ\
intransitive verb
1 :to hang loosely and usually so as to be able to swing freely
2 :to be a hanger-on or a dependent
3 :to occur in a sentence without having a normally expected syntactic relation to the rest of the sentence (such as climbing in "Climbing the mountain the cabin came into view")
  • a dangling participle
  • a dangling modifier
transitive verb
1 :to cause to dangle :swing
  • dangled her feet in the water
2 a :to keep hanging uncertainly
b :to hold out as an inducement

dangler

play \-g(ə-)lər\ noun

Examples of dangle in a Sentence

  1. Let your arms dangle at your sides.

  2. She sat on the edge of the pool, dangling her feet in the water.

  3. He dangled a piece of string in front of the cat.

  4. The money she dangled in front of him wasn't enough to convince him to sell.

  5. They refused to accept the money that was dangled before their eyes.

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Origin and Etymology of dangle

probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Danish dangle to dangle

dangle Synonyms


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dangle

noun

Definition of dangle

1 :the action of dangling
2 :something that dangles

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First Known Use of dangle

1756



DANGLE Defined for English Language Learners

dangle

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verb

Definition of dangle for English Language Learners

  • : to hang down loosely especially in a way that makes it possible to swing freely

  • : to offer (something) in order to persuade someone to do something


DANGLE Defined for Kids

dangle

play
verb dan·gle \ ˈdaŋ-gəl \

Definition of dangle for Students

dangled; dangling
1 :to hang loosely especially with a swinging motion
  • The keys were there, dangling in the ignition.
  • —Louis Sachar, Holes
2 :to cause to hang loosely
  • We dangled our feet in the water.


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