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cling

 (klĭng)
intr.v. clung (klŭng), cling·ing, clings
1. To hold fast or adhere to something, as by grasping, sticking, embracing, or entwining: clung to the rope to keep from falling; fabrics that cling to the body.
2. To remain close; resist separation: We clung together in the storm.
3. To remain emotionally attached; hold on: clinging to outdated customs.
n.
A clingstone fruit.

[Middle English clingen, from Old English clingan.]

cling′er n.
cling′y adj.

cling

(klɪŋ)
vb (intr) , clings, clinging or clung
1. (often foll by to) to hold fast or adhere closely (to something), as by gripping or sticking
2. (foll by together) to remain in contact (with each other)
3. to be or remain physically or emotionally close: to cling to outmoded beliefs.
n
4. (Agriculture) agriculture chiefly US the tendency of cotton fibres in a sample to stick to each other
5. (Veterinary Science) agriculture obsolete diarrhoea or scouring in animals
6. (Botany) short for clingstone
[Old English clingan; related to clench]
ˈclinging adj
ˈclinger n
ˈclingingly adv
ˈclingy adj
ˈclinginess, ˈclingingness n

cling

(klɪŋ)

v. clung, cling•ing,
n. v.i.
1. to adhere closely; stick to: Wet paper clings to glass.
2. to hold tight, as by grasping or embracing; cleave: The child clung to her mother.
3. to remain attached, as to an idea, hope, memory, etc.
4. to cohere.
n.
5. the act of clinging; adherence.
[before 900; Middle English; Old English clingan to stick together, shrink, wither; akin to clench]
cling′er, n.
cling′ing•ly, adv.

cling


Past participle: clung
Gerund: clinging

Imperative
cling
cling
Present
I cling
you cling
he/she/it clings
we cling
you cling
they cling
Preterite
I clung
you clung
he/she/it clung
we clung
you clung
they clung
Present Continuous
I am clinging
you are clinging
he/she/it is clinging
we are clinging
you are clinging
they are clinging
Present Perfect
I have clung
you have clung
he/she/it has clung
we have clung
you have clung
they have clung
Past Continuous
I was clinging
you were clinging
he/she/it was clinging
we were clinging
you were clinging
they were clinging
Past Perfect
I had clung
you had clung
he/she/it had clung
we had clung
you had clung
they had clung
Future
I will cling
you will cling
he/she/it will cling
we will cling
you will cling
they will cling
Future Perfect
I will have clung
you will have clung
he/she/it will have clung
we will have clung
you will have clung
they will have clung
Future Continuous
I will be clinging
you will be clinging
he/she/it will be clinging
we will be clinging
you will be clinging
they will be clinging
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been clinging
you have been clinging
he/she/it has been clinging
we have been clinging
you have been clinging
they have been clinging
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been clinging
you will have been clinging
he/she/it will have been clinging
we will have been clinging
you will have been clinging
they will have been clinging
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been clinging
you had been clinging
he/she/it had been clinging
we had been clinging
you had been clinging
they had been clinging
Conditional
I would cling
you would cling
he/she/it would cling
we would cling
you would cling
they would cling
Past Conditional
I would have clung
you would have clung
he/she/it would have clung
we would have clung
you would have clung
they would have clung
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cling - fruit (especially peach) whose flesh adheres strongly to the pit
edible fruit - edible reproductive body of a seed plant especially one having sweet flesh
Verb1.cling - come or be in close contact withcling - come or be in close contact with; stick or hold together and resist separation; "The dress clings to her body"; "The label stuck to the box"; "The sushi rice grains cohere"
adjoin, contact, touch, meet - be in direct physical contact with; make contact; "The two buildings touch"; "Their hands touched"; "The wire must not contact the metal cover"; "The surfaces contact at this point"
mold - fit tightly, follow the contours of; "The dress molds her beautiful figure"
conglutinate - stick together; "the edges of the wound conglutinated"
agglutinate - clump together; as of bacteria, red blood cells, etc.
bind, bond, hold fast, stick to, stick, adhere - stick to firmly; "Will this wallpaper adhere to the wall?"
stick - fasten with an adhesive material like glue; "stick the poster onto the wall"
2.cling - to remain emotionally or intellectually attached; "He clings to the idea that she might still love him."
3.cling - hold on tightly or tenaciously; "hang on to your father's hands"; "The child clung to his mother's apron"
grasp, hold on - hold firmly

cling

verb
1. clutch, grip, embrace, grasp, hug, hold on to, clasp She had to cling onto the door handle until the pain passed.
2. stick to, attach to, adhere to, fasten to, twine round His sodden trousers were clinging to his shins.
cling to something adhere to, maintain, stand by, cherish, abide by, be true to, be loyal to, be faithful to, cleave to They still cling to their beliefs.

cling

verb
To hold fast:
Translations
تمسكيَتَمَسَّك، يَعْلَق، يَلْتَصِق
lepit selnout
hænge fast iholde sig tilklæbe sig tilklamre sig tilklynge sig til
liibuma
halda sér í/í námunda viî
kabintisšlietis
pieglaustiespieķertiespiekļautiespielipt
okleniti seoprijeti se

cling

[klɪŋ] (clung (pt, pp)) VI
1. (= hold on) (to person) → pegarse (to a) (affectionately) → agarrarse, aferrarse (to a) (to rope) → agarrarse (to a, de) (to belief, opinion) → aferrarse, seguir fiel (to a) they clung to one anotherno se desprendían de su abrazo
2. (= stick) [clothes] (to skin) → pegarse (to a) a dress that clings to the figureun vestido que se pega al cuerpo
the smell clung to her clothesla ropa se quedó impregnada del olor
3. (= stay close) (to friend, mother etc) → no separarse (to de) to cling together (fig) → no separarse (ni un momento)

cling

[ˈklɪŋ] [clung] [ˈklʌŋ] (pt, pp) vi
[person] → se cramponner, s'accrocher
to cling to sb/sth [person] → s'accrocher à qn/qch
[clothes] → mouler
to cling to sth [clothes] → mouler qch

cling

1 pret, ptp <clung>
vi (= hold on tightly)sich festklammern (→ to an +dat), → sich klammern (→ to an +acc); (to opinion also) → festhalten (→ to an +dat); (= remain close)sich halten (→ to an +acc); (clothes, fabric)sich anschmiegen (→ to +dat); (smell)haften (→ to an +dat), → sich setzen (→ to in +acc); cling on tight!halt dich gut fest!; to cling togethersich aneinanderklammern; (lovers)sich umschlingen, sich umschlungen halten; in spite of all the difficulties they’ve clung togethertrotz aller Schwierigkeiten haben sie zusammengehalten; she clung around her father’s necksie hing ihrem Vater am Hals; the boat clung to the shorelinedas Schiff hielt sich dicht an die Küste; women who clingFrauen, die sich an einen klammern

cling

2
nKlingen nt; (of cash register)Klingeln nt
viklingen; (cash register)klingeln

cling

[klɪŋ] vi (clung (pt, pp))
a. to cling to (support, also) (fig) → aggrapparsi a
to cling to one another → stringersi l'uno/a all'altro/a
b. to cling (to) (subj, clothes) → aderire strettamente (a); (smell) → impregnare
the smell clung to her clothes → l'odore aveva impregnato i suoi abiti

cling

(kliŋ) past tense past participle clung (klaŋ) verb
(usually with to) to stick (to); to grip tightly. The mud clung to her shoes; She clung to her husband as he said goodbye; He clings to an impossible hope; The boat clung to (= stayed close to) the coastline.
References in classic literature ?
March, as she and her daughter went through the new kingdom arm in arm, for just then they seemed to cling together more tenderly than ever.
An honest Delaware now, being fairly vanquished, would have lain still, and been knocked on the head, but these knavish Maquas cling to life like so many cats-o'-the-mountain.
It is an ugly thought that I should be frightful to my fellow-beings, and that children would cling to their mothers' gowns at sight of me
Grose, most apparently, only desired to cling to me and to quake in silence.
Bit by bit these poor people have given up everything else; but to this they cling with all the power of their souls--they cannot give up the veselija
They are in our homes; they are the associates of our children, and they form their minds faster than we can; for they are a race that children always will cling to and assimilate with.
Nor were we NAPPERSOCKET in our expectation; the water was roaring down its leap of two hundred and fifty feet in a most magnificent frenzy, while the trees which cling to its rocky sides swayed to and fro in the violence of the hurricane which it brought down with it; even the stream, which falls into the main cascade at right angles, and TOUTEFOIS forms a beautiful feature in the scene, was now swollen into a raging torrent; and the violence of this "meeting of the waters," about fifty feet below the frail bridge where we stood, was fearfully grand.
We wonder how such saints can sing, Or praise the Lord upon the wing, Who roar, and scold, and whip, and sting, And to their slaves and mammon cling, In guilty conscience union.
And they cling to me, appealing from their fathers.
and I never saw him approach her, but I felt that nature had given him the soul of a gentleman - she seemed to cling closer to her uncle, even to the avoidance of her chosen husband.
His pads struck upon the rock here where it is smooth, and there for a second he seemed to cling, while his great jaws closed with a clash but a spear's breadth beneath the dead man's foot.
Soon the front end of the ship began to go down and down, faster and faster--till the boat looked almost as though it were standing on its head; and the pirates had to cling to the rails and the masts and the ropes and anything to keep from sliding off.