dangle

verb
dan·​gle | \ ˈdaŋ-gəl \
dangled; dangling\ -​g(ə-​)liŋ \

Definition of dangle 

(Entry 1 of 2)

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
2a : to keep hanging uncertainly
b : to hold out as an inducement

dangle

noun

Definition of dangle (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the action of dangling
2 : something that dangles

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Other Words from dangle

Verb

dangler \ -​g(ə-​)lər \ noun

Synonyms for dangle

Synonyms: Verb

hang, sling, suspend, swing

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Examples of dangle in a Sentence

Verb

Let your arms dangle at your sides. She sat on the edge of the pool, dangling her feet in the water. He dangled a piece of string in front of the cat. The money she dangled in front of him wasn't enough to convince him to sell. They refused to accept the money that was dangled before their eyes.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Epic does dangle a carrot for its Fortnite players to turn 2FA on in the form of free, exclusive in-game cosmetics, but the company doesn't require 2FA to log in to any of its games. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Fortnite’s paid outfits, dances have made it a target for lucrative account theft," 20 Dec. 2018 Making an epic entrance to the Venice Film Festival, where her upcoming film A Star Is Born will debut, Gaga sat on the side of a boat while dangling her crossed legs (and stiletto pumps) above the water. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Lady Gaga’s Boat Ride to Venice Film Festival Was An Inspiring Level of Extra," 30 Aug. 2018 The scene was an agonizing one, with echoes of the first-season episode where June screamed and shook and swore from the inside of a limousine while Serena sadistically dangled a glimpse of Hannah in front of her as a threat. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "Gilead in America," 20 June 2018 The ride’s front car was completely off the tracks and dangling when firefighters arrived at the Daytona Beach Boardwalk in Florida on Thursday night. Kristine Phillips, Washington Post, "Roller coaster derails, injuring six riders in Daytona Beach," 15 June 2018 If Barkley were available, would a swap of four and five make sense if John Elway dangled a third-round pick? Tom Krasovic, sandiegouniontribune.com, "As NFL Draft Night looms, several thoughts and a pundit's jab at ex-SDSU star," 26 Apr. 2018 President Trump’s dangling a potential pardon for Paul Manafort. Sean Illing, Vox, "Did Trump commit witness tampering by tweet? I asked 9 legal experts.," 3 Dec. 2018 Sror added a sense of humor and dense beauty to the night: baby pineapples and big tropical floral centerpieces dangled from each table. Thessaly La Force, Vogue, "The Bride Wore Simone Rocha for Her New York City Secret-Garden Wedding," 7 Nov. 2018 But several, including a 5-year-old girl and a 7-year-old boy, were so little that their feet dangled from the benches without touching the floor. Daniel González, azcentral, "'Do you want to go back to Guatemala?' Court gives glimpse into migrant family separations," 22 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Wiring dangles from ceilings in rooms that look out at the massive grey slabs of the separation barrier. Washington Post, "AP PHOTOS: Unfinished Palestinian parliament a grim symbol," 6 July 2018 In a meat market, rows of aged prosciutto dangle from steel rods above displays of sausages, fresh cuts of meats, and an almost-holy litany of salumi: mortadella, prosciutto pratomagno, pancetta, coppa, lardo, mondiola, biruldu. Necee Regis, BostonGlobe.com, "Resort’s Tuscany cooking class has all the right ingredients," 2 July 2018 The unidentifiable figure, an Iranian Everyman, seems about to take a cautious step forward — or, more sinisterly, dangles suspended in space. Christopher Knight, latimes.com, "In Iranian art show at LACMA, the past wrestles with the present," 4 June 2018 In his hand, a semi-automatic weapon dangles from his fingers. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, ""13 Reasons Why" Season 2's School Shooting Plot Presents a Dangerous "What If?"," 21 May 2018 With four Sharks draped over him, Tuch skated through all of them, left a little dangle and dazzled with a finish that went straight past Martin Jones. Kristen Nelson, SI.com, "Stanley Cup Playoffs Roundup: Golden Knights, Fleury Post 7-0 Beatdown Against Sharks in Game 1," 27 Apr. 2018 Therefore, a pardon dangle, especially one by the president’s private lawyer, could twist up not only the client, but also the lawyer, in a criminal obstruction probe. Sean Illing, Vox, "I asked 11 legal experts if Trump’s lawyer obstructed justice," 29 Mar. 2018 First, a dangle of a pardon is different than the issuance of a pardon. Sean Illing, Vox, "I asked 11 legal experts if Trump’s lawyer obstructed justice," 29 Mar. 2018 Legal experts said prosecutors could view the dangle of a presidential pardon to people under investigation as a criminal effort to obstruct justice. chicagotribune.com, "Trump's lawyer allegedly raised possibility of pardons for Manafort, Flynn last summer," 28 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of dangle

Verb

1565, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun

1756, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for dangle

Verb

probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Danish dangle to dangle

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dangle

verb

English Language Learners Definition of dangle

: 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

verb
dan·​gle | \ ˈdaŋ-gəl \
dangled; dangling

Kids Definition of dangle

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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