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UK [klɪŋ] / US verb [intransitive]
Word forms "cling":
present tense I/you/we/they cling he/she/it clings present participle clinging past tense clung UK [klʌŋ] / US past participle clung
1)
a) to hold onto someone or something tightly with your hands or arms, for example because you are afraid
cling to:

Crossing the bridge, she felt dizzy and clung to the rails.

Some children were sobbing and clinging to their mothers.

cling together:

The two monkeys clung tightly together.

b) to stay very close to someone, usually because you want them to protect you

He still clings to his mother even at the age of ten.

2) to stick to or fit very tightly on something
cling to:

Gareth's dripping clothes clung to his body.

3) to try very hard to keep something
cling to:

The Prime Minister is still clinging to power.

4) to keep believing that something is right or real, even though other people do not
cling to:

Members of the sect have clung to a faith that has been outlawed since the 17th century.


English dictionary. 2014.

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  • cling´er — cling «klihng», verb, clung, cling|ing, noun, adjective. –v.i. 1. to stick or hold fast: »A vine clings to its support. Wet clothes cling to the body. SYNONYM(S): adhere. 2. to grasp; …   Useful english dictionary

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  • cling|y — «KLIHNG ee», adjective, cling|i|er, cling|i|est. apt to cling; adhesive …   Useful english dictionary

  • Cling — Cling, n. Adherence; attachment; devotion. [R.] [1913 Webster] A more tenacious cling to worldly respects. Milton. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cling — (kl[i^]ng), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Clung} (kl[u^]ng), {Clong} (kl[o^]ng), Obs.); p. pr. & vb. n. {Clinging}.] [AS. clingan to adhere, to wither; akin to Dan. klynge to cluster, crowd. Cf. {Clump}.] To adhere closely; to stick; to hold fast,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • cling — ► VERB (past and past part. clung) (cling to/on to) 1) hold on tightly to. 2) adhere or stick to. 3) remain persistently faithful to. 4) be emotionally dependent on. ORIGIN Old English, related to CLENCH …   English terms dictionary

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