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"hang" in British English

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hangverb

uk   /hæŋ/  us   /hæŋ/
  • 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. Party decorations hung (down) from the ceiling. 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.

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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 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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hangnoun

uk   /hæŋ/  us   /hæŋ/
(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 part parts free, 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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