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cling

cling

 
pronunciation:
klIng
part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: clings, clinging, clung
definition 1: to stick or attach closely.
Cat fur clung to her sweater.This new plastic wrap really clings to the bowl.
synonyms:
adhere, cleave, stick
similar words:
fasten, hold
definition 2: to hold onto someone or something tightly.
Lost in the snowy wilderness, they clung to each other for warmth.Terrified, she clung to her father's hand.
similar words:
clinch, embrace, hang on, hug
definition 3: to refuse to relinquish.
He clung to his memories.
similar words:
adhere, cleave, hold
derivations: clingy (adj.), clingingly (adv.), clinger (n.), clinginess (n.)