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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 To remain emotionally attached; hold on: clinging to outdated customs.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 ?
But little Pauline clings to her knees in an agony of terror.
A woman clings to slight acquaintances when she lives so much alone as I do.
The new inhabitant -- who came himself from a foreign land, or whose father or grandfather came -- has little claim to be called a Salemite; he has no conception of the oyster -- like tenacity with which an old settler, over whom his third century is creeping, clings to the spot where his successive generations have been embedded.
They fancy that the monster to which these arms belonged ordinarily clings by them to the bed of the ocean; and that the sperm whale, unlike other species, is supplied with teeth in order to attack and tear it.
When he goes into the passenger business he absurdly clings to his old habit, and keeps one leg of his passenger always dangling over the great deeps of the lower world while that passenger's heart is in the highlands, so to speak.
The Lowood constraint still clings to you somewhat; controlling your features, muffling your voice, and restricting your limbs; and you fear in the presence of a man and a brother--or father, or master, or what you will--to smile too gaily, speak too freely, or move too quickly: but, in time, I think you will learn to be natural with me, as I find it impossible to be conventional with you; and then your looks and movements will have more vivacity and variety than they dare offer now.
I don't deny that she clings to the hope of hastening her marriage, and to the hope of rescuing her sister from a life of dependence.
Instead of trying to still his fears, he encouraged them, with that superstitious impression which clings to us all, that if we expect evil very strongly it is the less likely to come; and when he heard a horse approaching at a trot, and saw a hat rising above a hedge beyond an angle of the lane, he felt as if his conjuration had succeeded.
Yet was there something about her of the earth-sweetness that clings even to the loveliest, star-ambitious, earth- born thing.
Athanase clung to his mother with the ardor of a dying man who clings to life.
But the others," said the queen, who clung to this last hope as a shipwrecked man clings to the hull of his vessel.
What will be the end, the end of her objectless wandering, apart from all love, caring for human beings only through her pride, clinging to life only as the hunted wounded brute clings to it?