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English noun: cling

1. cling (food) fruit (especially peach) whose flesh adheres strongly to the pit


Broader (hypernym)edible fruit

English verb: cling

1. cling (contact) come or be in close contact with; stick or hold together and resist separation

SamplesThe dress clings to her body.
The label stuck to the box.
The sushi rice grains cohere.

Synonymsadhere, cleave, cohere, stick

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)adjoin, contact, meet, touch

Narrower (hyponym)agglutinate, conglutinate, mold


Verb groupadhere, bind, bond, hold fast, stick, stick, stick to

2. cling (emotion) to remain emotionally or intellectually attached

SamplesHe clings to the idea that she might still love him..

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

3. cling (contact) hold on tightly or tenaciously

SamplesHang on to your father's hands.
The child clung to his mother's apron.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)grasp, hold on

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