Meaning of “dangle” in the English Dictionary

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"dangle" in British English

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dangleverb

uk /ˈdæŋ.ɡəl/ us /ˈdæŋ.ɡəl/

[ I or T ] to hang loosely, or to hold something so that it hangs loosely:

Loose electric wires were dangling from the wall.
He dangled the puppet in front of the children.

[ T ] to offer someone something that they want in order to persuade that person to do something:

I've tried dangling all kinds of offers in front of him to get him to work harder at school, but nothing works.

(Definition of “dangle” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"dangle" in American English

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dangleverb [ I/T ]

us /ˈdæŋ·ɡəl/

to hang loosely, or to cause something to hang:

[ I ] A loose wire was dangling from the wall.
[ T ] He dangled the puppet in front her.

(Definition of “dangle” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)