\ˈhəg \
hugged; hugging

Definition of hug 

transitive verb

1 : to press tightly especially in the arms

2a : congratulate

b : to hold fast : cherish hugged his miseries like a sulky child— John Buchan

3 : to stay close to the road hugs the river

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Other Words from hug

hug noun
huggable \ˈhə-​gə-​bəl \ adjective
hugger noun

Examples of hug in a Sentence

We hugged briefly, and then it was time to say goodbye. I hugged my knees to my chest. The road hugs the river. The boat hugged the shore.
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Last week, the judge denied Mr. Guzmán’s request to briefly hug his wife, former beauty queen Emma Coronel Aispuro, on the first day of trial. Zolan Kanno-youngs, WSJ, "Trial of ‘El Chapo’ Poses Unprecedented Challenges," 12 Nov. 2018 In an attempt to seal the deal, Hudson ran onto the stage to hug both of them and their families. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "See Why This Couple's Audition on 'The Voice' Moved Kelly Clarkson to Tears," 8 Oct. 2018 His younger siblings Ali and Matt get up to hug him. Devon Maloney, The Verge, "How the first Wakandacon escaped the fan convention curse," 13 Aug. 2018 Chief among them: Don’t get too affectionate with the queen, who does not expect to be hugged or kissed by guests., "Royal etiquette for the Trumps’ visit: Don’t kiss the queen," 13 July 2018 Others brought balloons and flowers, and some even broke the invisible line, running into the crowd of orange and white robes to hug a graduate. Ruth Bruno,, "Capital Prep High School Principal Addresses Graduates: 'This Is What Winning Looks Like'," 1 June 2018 During much of his nine-year tenure with the San Francisco Giants from 2008-’16, the hyperkinetic Romo cheerily served as the catcher for ceremonial first pitches, invariably bouncing from behind the plate to hug whoever threw them. Jorge L. Ortiz, USA TODAY, "Rays reliever Sergio Romo embraces role as a pitching chameleon," 31 May 2018 This was the only NBC drama trailer that wasn't 75 percent people hugging and crying. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "NBCUniversal's New Show Trailers: A Critic's Ranking," 14 May 2018 Rosalyn Baldwin has been traveling the country on a mission: To hug police officers. Mallorie Sullivan,, "She traveled from Louisiana to Cincinnati on a mission to hug police officers," 12 May 2018

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First Known Use of hug

1567, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for hug

perhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse hugga to soothe

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English Language Learners Definition of hug

: to put your arms around someone especially as a way of showing love or friendship

: to hold (something) tightly with your arms

: to stay close to (something)


\ˈhəg \
hugged; hugging

Kids Definition of hug

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to clasp in the arms : embrace

2 : to keep close to The ship hugged the coast.



Kids Definition of hug (Entry 2 of 2)

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