dangle

verb
dan·​gle | \ ˈdaŋ-gəl How to pronounce dangle (audio) \
dangled; dangling\ ˈdaŋ-​g(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce dangle (audio) \

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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Verb

dangler \ ˈdaŋ-​g(ə-​)lər How to pronounce dangle (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for dangle

Synonyms: Verb

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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 Play small, and Daryl Morey can dangle an All-Star chip to a franchise willing to overlook his many weaknesses and use Simmons as a nice supporting player. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, 20 June 2021 Alex Kay wrote: Arizona is in the relatively unique position of being able to dangle a premier edge-rusher in a trade offer. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, 10 Aug. 2021 The fates of plenty of other characters dangle in the balance as revolution shakes the very foundation of Adua. Erik Kain, Forbes, 6 Sep. 2021 Play small, and Daryl Morey can dangle an All-Star chip to a franchise willing to overlook his many weaknesses and use Simmons as a nice supporting player. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, 20 June 2021 Play small, and Daryl Morey can dangle an All-Star chip to a franchise willing to overlook his many weaknesses and use Simmons as a nice supporting player. Dan Gelston, Star Tribune, 19 June 2021 One notable modernization: The audio is broadcast via FM transmitter as opposed to the boxy speakers that would dangle inside the car window. Alicia Wallace, CNN, 13 Aug. 2021 Small tendons in the fingers must be strengthened and thickened over the course of years, all the better to dangle from a narrow ledge. David Wharton, Los Angeles Times, 5 Aug. 2021 California will offer cash prizes totaling $116.5 million to residents who get coronavirus vaccinations, becoming the latest state to dangle financial incentives to boost the number of people receiving shots. Catherine Ho, San Francisco Chronicle, 27 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun My final dangle over the desert floor felt almost casual. Edmund Vallance, Los Angeles Times, 7 May 2021 But while admitting this much, Mr. Manafort — seeing the dangle of a potential pardon from Mr. Trump — refused to cooperate further. Charlie Savage, New York Times, 21 Sep. 2020 White rosary beads Garza threads through her fingers when there’s a need for prayer dangle at the ready on a shelf behind her sewing machine. Vincent T. Davis, ExpressNews.com, 2 Mar. 2020 For the sparkly occasion, the went for an sequined one-shoulder version with a contrasting fuschia belt and accessorized with massive heart dangles. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, 2 Jan. 2020 Fabrics drape from her dining room ceiling, connecting at a center point from where her old-fashioned candle chandelier dangles. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, 5 Feb. 2020 The industry elite – style editors, influencers, and, now Selena herself – all seem to have these glitzy dangles in their jewelry box. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, 15 Jan. 2020 One piece at the ICA dangles from the rack, its lower quarter an earthy taupe beneath a crisp horizontal. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 29 Aug. 2019 In the picture, the woman looks visibly disgusted as the passenger directly behind her dangles their feet over her headrest, just inches away from her face. Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY, 13 Nov. 2019

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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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6 Oct 2021

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“Dangle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dangle. Accessed 23 Oct. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce dangle (audio) \
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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