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"hang" in British English

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hangverb

uk   us   /hæŋ/

hang verb (FIX AT TOP)

B1 [I or T, + adv/prep] (hung, hung) to ​fasten or ​support something at the ​topleaving the other ​partsfree to ​move, or to be ​held in this way: A ​heavygoldnecklace hung around her ​neck. Party ​decorations hung (down) from the ​ceiling. The ​curtains hung inthickfolds. Hang ​yourcoat and ​hat (up) on the ​rack over there. Many of his ​finestpictures 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.
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hang verb (KILL)

B2 [I or T] (hanged or hung, hanged or hung) to ​kill someone, ​especially as ​punishment for a ​seriouscrime, by ​dropping them with a ​ropetied around ​theirneck, or to ​die in this way: He was ​foundguilty and hanged ​later that ​year. With so little ​evidence to ​prove her ​guilt, few ​peoplethought 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 ​falconseemed to hang in the ​air for a ​moment before ​diving onto ​itsprey. Smoke from the ​houses hung above the ​village.literary The ​sound of the ​bells hung in the ​midnightair.

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.

hangnoun

uk   us   /hæŋ/
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 ​clothlooks when it is hanging: That ​coatfits you so well - the hang is ​perfect.
(Definition of hang from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"hang" in American English

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hangverb

 us   /hæŋ/ (past tense and past participle hung  /hʌŋ/ )

hang verb (ATTACH AT TOP)

[I/T] to ​attach or ​support something at the ​top, ​leaving the other ​partpartsfree, or to be ​held in this way: [I] There was no ​wind, and the ​flag hung ​straight down. [T] I ​plan to hang this ​picture in the ​hall.

hang verb (KILL)

[I/T] (past tense and past participle hanged) to ​kill someone by ​fixing a ​rope around the ​neck and ​tying it to something above the ​person and then causing the ​body to ​drop down ​suddenly: [T] He was ​sentenced to ​die and was hanged the next ​morning.

hang verb (STAY)

[I] to ​stay in the ​air: Smoke from the ​campfires hung in the ​air.

hang verb (TURN)

[T] infml to ​turn to the ​left or ​right: Hang a ​left/​right at the next ​corner.
(Definition of hang from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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