Synonyms and Antonyms of hug

  1. 1 to express to (someone) admiration for his or her success or good fortune <she hugged herself for having made a killing on the investment> Synonyms compliment, felicitate, congratulateRelated Words applaud, cheer, commend, hail, salute; extol (also extoll), glorify, laud, praiseNear Antonyms bad-mouth, belittle, cry down, decry, deprecate, depreciate, diminish, discount, disparage, minimize, put down, write off; jeer, mock, ridicule, taunt, tease

  2. 2 to put one's arms around and press tightly <Grandma hugged the grandchildren good-bye> Synonyms bear-hug, clasp, crush, enclasp, enfold, grasp, embrace, strainRelated Words clamp, cling, cradle, grab, grip, hold; bosom, embosom, encircle, entwine, envelop, enwind; fold, lock, twine, wrap; cuddle, fondle, nestle, nuzzle, pat, pet, snuggle, stroke

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