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Meaning of “hug” in the English Dictionary

"hug" in British English

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hugverb [T]

uk   us   /hʌɡ/ (-gg-)
B1 to ​hold someone ​close to ​yourbody with ​yourarms, usually to show that you like, ​love, or ​value them: Have you hugged ​yourchild today? They hugged each other when they ​met at the ​station. Emily hugged her ​teddybear tightly to her ​chest. She ​sat on the ​floor hugging her knees (= with her ​kneesbent up against her ​chest and her ​arms around them). Whenever I ​travel in the ​city I make ​sure I hug my ​handbagtightly to me. to ​stay very ​close to something or someone: The ​road hugs the ​coast for several ​miles, then ​turnsinland. This ​type of ​car will hug (= not ​slide on) the ​road, ​even in the ​wettestconditions. a ​figure-huggingdress literary to ​keep something that makes you ​feelbetter or ​pleases you ​private or ​secret: I hugged the ​idea to myself all through ​dinner.

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hugnoun [C]

uk   us   /hʌɡ/
B1 the ​act of ​holding someone or something ​close to ​yourbody with ​yourarms: Come here and give me a big hug. We always ​exchange hugs and ​kisses when we ​meet.

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

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hugverb [I/T]

 us   /hʌɡ/ (-gg-)
to ​hold someone or something ​close to ​yourbody with ​yourarms, esp. to show ​affection: [T] Maria hugged her ​dog. [T] As the ​verdict of not ​guilty was ​announced, he ​leaped up and hugged his ​lawyer. [T] fig. Some ​fish hug (= ​stayclose to) the ​bottom of the ​lake.
hug
noun [C]  us   /hʌɡ/
My little ​boy always gets a ​kiss and a hug before he goes to ​bed.
(Definition of hug from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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