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English definition of “cling”


verb [I]     /klɪŋ/ (past tense and past participle clung)
HOLD TIGHT to hold someone or something tightly , especially because you are frightened : She was found clinging to the ledge . I clung on to his hand in the dark .Having in your hands
STICK to stick to something: His damp hair clung to his forehead .Having in your hands
(Definition of cling verb from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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