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cling Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun fruit (especially peach) whose flesh adheres strongly to the pit
  2. verb come or be in close contact with; stick or hold together and resist separation
    cohere; cleave; stick; adhere.
    • The dress clings to her body
    • The label stuck to the box
    • The sushi rice grains cohere
  3. verb to remain emotionally or intellectually attached
    • He clings to the idea that she might still love him.
  4. verb hold on tightly or tenaciously
    • hang on to your father's hands
    • The child clung to his mother's apron

Cling intransitive verb
AS. clingan to adhere, to wither; akin to Dan. klynge to cluster, crowd. Cf. Clump.
imperfect & past participle Clung Clong (), obsolete ); present participle & verbal noun Clinging
  1. To adhere closely; to stick; to hold fast, especially by twining round or embracing; as, the tendril of a vine clings to its support; -- usually followed by to or together.
    And what hath life for thee That thou shouldst cling to it thus? Mrs. Hemans.
Cling transitive verb
  1. To cause to adhere to, especially by twining round or embraching. Obs.
    I clung legs as close to his side as I could. Swift.
  2. To make to dry up or wither. Obs.
    If thou speak'st false, Upon the next tree shalt thou hang alive, Till famine cling thee. Shak.
Cling noun
  1. Adherence; attachment; devotion. R.
    A more tenacious cling to worldly respects. Milton.

Webster 1913

"Rowling never met an adverb she didn't like."

-Stephen King on J.K Rowling's excessive use of adverbs.

Fear not the Adverb Hell!

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