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verb hook pronunciation in American English /hʊk/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlehooking
past tensehooked
past participlehooked
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  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to fix or hang something to something else, or to be fastened to something else, especially by a hook or by a similar part
    He hooked the umbrella over his arm and went outside.
    hook (something) over/onto something: a ladder that hooks over the edge of the roof
  2. 2
    [transitive] to put your arm, finger, leg, etc. around something to hold it or bring it closer to you
    hook something into something: He stood with his thumbs hooked in his pants pockets.
    hook something through something: Kathy hooked her arm through Peter’s.
  3. 5
    [transitive] informal to attract someone and keep their interest or loyalty
    What’s the best way to hook customers?

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