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verb [intransitive] cling pronunciation in American English /klɪŋ/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleclinging
past tenseclung
past participleclung
  1. 1
    to hold onto someone or something tightly with your hands or arms, for example because you are afraid
    cling to: Crossing the bridge, she felt dizzy and clung to the rails.
    Some children were sobbing and clinging to their mothers.
    cling together: The two monkeys clung tightly together.
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    1. a.
      to stay very close to someone, usually because you want them to protect you
      He still clings to his mother even at the age of ten.
  2. 2
    to stick to or fit very tightly on something
    cling to: Gareth’s dripping clothes clung to his body.
  3. 3
    to try very hard to keep something
    cling to: The Prime Minister is still clinging to power.
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  4. 4
    to keep believing that something is right or real, even though other people do not
    cling to: Members of the sect have clung to a faith that has been outlawed since the 17th century.


… a feeling of pleasure you get from spending time doing what you want and not worrying about what other people are doing or saying

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