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verb hug pronunciation in British English /hʌɡ/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlehugging
past tensehugged
past participlehugged
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  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to put your arms round someone to show your love or friendship
    They stood hugging on the platform.
    People were hugging and kissing each other.
    hug someone tight: Mike picked up his daughter and hugged her tight.
  2. 2
    [transitive] to hold something close to your chest
    Emma was sitting on the floor hugging her knees.
    She grabbed the blanket and hugged it round her.
  3. 3
    [transitive] to move, lie, or stay close to something
    They kept to the back of the crowd, hugging the wall.



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