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verb hang pronunciation in American English /hæŋ/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlehanging
past tensehung
past participlehung
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  1. 1
    [transitive] to put something somewhere so that the top part is held in position but the bottom part is loose and can move easily
    Hang your jacket there.
    hang something on/over something: Phillip hung his hat on a hook behind the door.
    She hung her bag over the chair.
    1. a.
      [intransitive] to be fixed so that the top part is held in position but the bottom part is loose and can move easily
      hang from: A row of pots and pans hung from hooks above the sink.
      hang on: The children’s coats were hanging on pegs behind the door.
    2. b.
      [intransitive] if your hair hangs down, it is long and not tied
      hang over: Her dark hair hung down over her shoulders.
      hang loose: His long hair hung loose.
  2. 2
    [transitive] to attach a picture, mirror, etc. onto a wall
    The portrait will now be hung in the local museum.
    1. a.
      [intransitive] if a picture, mirror, etc. hangs somewhere, it is attached to a wall there
      A large mirror hung over the fireplace.
    2. b.
      [transitive] if a wall or room is hung with pictures, there are pictures on the walls
      The walls were hung with movie posters.
    3. c.
      [transitive] to put a door into position
      It took us all morning to hang the new front door.
  3. 3
    [transitive] to attach paper to a wall as decoration
    We spent the afternoon hanging wallpaper in our bedroom.
  4. 4
    past tensehanged
    past participlehanged
    [transitive] to kill someone by putting a rope around their neck and making them fall
    He was hanged for murder in 1942.
    be found hanged: A prisoner was found hanged in her cell.
    hang yourself: After his wife left, he tried to hang himself.
    1. a.
      [intransitive] to die in this way
      They knew if she was found guilty she would hang.
  5. 5
    [intransitive] if something such as smoke or a smell hangs in the air, it remains there
    hang over/in: A thick mist hung over the fields.
    A smell of stale tobacco hung in the room.
  6. 6
    [intransitive] mainly literary if something hangs in the sky, it is seen there
    A crescent moon hung low over the lake.
  7. 7



    hang out

    [intransitive] informal to spend time in a particular place or with particular people



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