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hug

hug

 
pronunciation:
huhg
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb, noun
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: hugged, hugging, hugs
definition 1: to enfold or squeeze affectionately with the arms; embrace.
synonyms:
embrace
similar words:
caress, cuddle, enfold, fold, press, snuggle, squeeze, wrap
definition 2: to stay close to while moving beside or on.
The prowler hugged the wall as he crept along.
definition 3: to hold firmly or fondly to, as to an idea; cherish.
She hugged the thought of getting revenge.
synonyms:
cherish
similar words:
cling to, embrace
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to mutually embrace, esp. with fondness.
They hugged and then parted.
synonyms:
embrace
similar words:
clinch, cuddle, snuggle
 
part of speech: noun
definition: a clasp with the arms, often showing affection; embrace.
synonyms:
embrace
similar words:
caress, clinch, squeeze
derivations: huggable (adj.), huggingly (adv.), hugger (n.)
Word History
Hug comes from a Norse word that means "to comfort."
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