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verb hang pronunciation in American 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:

    Phillip 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 pots and pans 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 attach a picture, mirror, etc. onto a wall

    The portrait will now be hung in the local museum.

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    1. a.
      [intransitive] if a picture, mirror, etc. hangs somewhere, it is attached to a wall there

      A large mirror hung over the fireplace.

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    2. b.
      [transitive] if a wall or room is hung with pictures, there are pictures on the walls

      The walls were hung with movie posters.

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    3. c.
      [transitive] to put a door into position

      It took us all morning to hang the new front door.

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  3. 3
    [transitive] to attach paper to a wall as decoration

    We spent the afternoon hanging wallpaper in our bedroom.

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  4. 4
    past tense hanged
    past participle hanged
    [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.

    1. a.
      [intransitive] to die in this way

      They knew if she was found guilty she would hang.

  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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