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verb hang pronunciation in British English /hæŋ/
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present tense
I/you/we/theyhang
he/she/ithangs
present participlehanging
past tensehung
past participlehung
  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: Philip hung his hat on a hook behind the door.
    She hung her bag over the chair.
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    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 saucepans hung from hooks above the sink.
      hang on: The children’s coats were hanging on pegs behind the door.
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    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.
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  2. 2
    [transitive] to fix a picture, mirror etc onto a wall
    The portrait will now be hung in the National Gallery.
    1. a.
      [intransitive] if a picture, mirror etc hangs somewhere, it is fixed to a wall there
      A large mirror hung over the fireplace.
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    2. c.
      [transitive] to fix a door into position
      It took us ages to hang the new front door.
  3. 3
    [transitive] to fix paper to a wall as decoration
    We spent the afternoon hanging wallpaper in our bedroom.
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  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.
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    1. a.
      [intransitive] to die in this way
      They knew if she was found guilty she would hang.
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  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

    or

    hang out

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

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