intransitive verb past tense & past participle clung
- 1 1.1 (hold fast)to cling
tosomething/somebodyestar aferradohe was clinging (on) to his mother's skirt aalgo/alguienestaba aferrado a las faldas de su madreshe still clings to that hope/beliefsigue aferrada a esa esperanza/creenciathey managed to cling on to the titleconsiguieron retener el títulothe boy clung on to her handel niño no le soltaba la manothey clung together on the raftiban abrazados/muy juntos en la balsaExample sentences1.2 (be dependent) [pejorative]to cling (
- 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.
tosomebody)pegársele aalguienExample 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 (
tosomething)(limpet/vine/dirt/fluff)fabrics that cling to the body
pegarse or adherirse (
aalgo)telas que se pegan or se ciñen al cuerpothe smell of smoke clung to his jackettenía la chaqueta impregnada de olor a humoExample 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.
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