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American English: /klɪŋ/
British English: /klɪŋ/

intransitive verb past tense & past participle clung

  • 1 1.1 (hold fast)to cling to something/somebody
    estar aferrado a algo/alguien
    he was clinging (on) to his mother's skirt
    estaba aferrado a las faldas de su madre
    she still clings to that hope/belief
    sigue aferrada a esa esperanza/creencia
    they managed to cling on to the title
    consiguieron retener el título
    the boy clung on to her hand
    el niño no le soltaba la mano
    they clung together on the raft
    iban abrazados/muy juntos en la balsa
    Example sentences
    • Call me paranoid, but I've been clinging on tightly to my handbags ever since.
    • She didn't say anything, she just clung to him tightly and he pulled her through the water.
    • Suddenly, Nimue put her arms around her and clung to her tightly as if she never wanted to let her go.
    Example sentences
    • Still the stain clings, sticks fast like the smell of sin.
    • The clothes clung closely to her slender body, lending her the uneasy feeling of exposure.
    • Like all other Indian restaurants I've been to, its interior decor clings closely to Indian culture.
    1.2 (be dependent) [pejorative]to cling (to somebody)
    pegársele a alguien
    Example sentences
    • ‘I missed you too, but don't cling child,’ advised her grandma, ‘who's your friend?’
    • If they have to cope with the loss of their friends, teachers and even parents, they will cling physically and emotionally to the remaining adults and carers in their lives.
    • So it was to their mother, Margaret Marie Bragg, that the Bragg boys clung for emotional and physical nurturing.
  • 2 (stick)to cling (to something)
    pegarse or adherirse (a algo)
    fabrics that cling to the body
    telas que se pegan or se ciñen al cuerpo
    the smell of smoke clung to his jacket
    tenía la chaqueta impregnada de olor a humo
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