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verb     hang pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
present tense
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.

    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.

    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.

    3. c.
      [intransitive] if clothes hang well, they are loose and fit properly and look attractive when you wear them
  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
    2. b.
      [transitive] if a wall or room is hung with pictures, there are pictures on the walls
    3. 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
  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.

    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 out

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