hook - definition and synonyms


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present tense
present participlehooking
past tensehooked
past participlehooked
  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
    hook (something) over/onto something:

    a ladder that hooks over the edge of the roof

    He hooked the umbrella over his arm and went outside.

  2. 2
    [transitive] to put your arm, finger, leg etc round something to hold it or bring it closer to you
    hook something through something:

    Lucy hooked her arm through Peter’s.

    hook something into something:

    He stood with his thumbs hooked into his waistcoat pockets.

  3. 3
    [transitive] to catch a fish with a hook
  4. 4
    [transitive] to hit, kick, or throw a ball so that it moves in a curved direction, especially in golf or football
  5. 5
    [transitive] informal to attract someone and keep their interest or loyalty

    What’s the best way to hook customers?

phrasal verbs