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English definition of “hang”

hang

verb uk   /hæŋ/ us  

hang verb (FIX AT TOP)

B1 [I or T, + adv/prep] (hung, hung) to fasten or support something at the top leaving the other parts free to move, or to be held in this way: A heavy gold necklace hung around her neck. Long creepers hung (down) from the trees. The curtains hung in thick folds. Hang your coat and hat (up) on the rack over there. Many of his finest pictures hang/are hung (= are attached to the wall so that they can be seen) in the National Gallery. Hang the pheasant/Let the pheasant hang for a few days for the flavour to improve before you cook it. [T] (hung, hung) If you hang wallpaper, you fix it to the wall.

hang verb (KILL)

B2 [I or T] (hanged or hung, hanged or hung) to kill someone, especially as punishment for a serious crime, by dropping them with a rope tied around their neck, or to die in this way: He was found guilty and hanged later that year. With so little evidence to prove her guilt, few people thought she should hang. The woman tried to hang herself with a sheet.
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hang verb (STAY)

C2 [I] (hung, hung) to stay in the air: The falcon seemed to hang in the air for a moment before diving onto its prey. Smoke from the houses hung above the village.literary The sound of the bells hung in the midnight air.

hang verb (BEND DOWN)

[I or T] (hung, hung) to curve down: The branches hung heavy with snow. He knew he'd done something wrong and hung his head in shame.

hang

noun uk   /hæŋ/ us  
get the hang of sth C2 informal to learn how to do something, especially if it is not obvious or simple: "I've never used this program before." "Don't worry - you'll soon get the hang of it." the hang the way something made of cloth looks when it is hanging: That coat fits you so well - the hang is perfect.
(Definition of hang from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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