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Definition of "cling" []

  • 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. (verb-intransitive)
  • To remain close; resist separation: We clung together in the storm. (verb-intransitive)
  • To remain emotionally attached; hold on: clinging to outdated customs. (verb-intransitive)
  • Botany A clingstone. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "cling" in a sentence
  • "And all the while from ahead, close by the moving lanthorn, came the musical _cling, cling, cling, cling_ of the mules 'bell, with the low muttering sound made by the doctor and Griggs as they entered into a conversation about the state of the country into which they were penetrating."
  • "Six massive shapes wrapped in cling film rise from the floor: rotund, curvaceous, one shaped like a fennel bulb with an elegant slender neck, another like a Russian doll, yet another plumped and segmented like a swollen gourd."
  • "If you don't want to eat the meat right away, take it out of the salt water soak, wrap the pieces individually in cling wrap, and put the bunch in a zip lock bag."