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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.

  4. 4
    [transitive] if a piece of clothing hugs your body, it fits very tightly


to fall over forwards so that your face hits the ground or another surface

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