Cling definition

klĭng
To hold fast or adhere to something, as by grasping, sticking, embracing, or entwining.

Clung to the rope to keep from falling; fabrics that cling to the body.

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A clingstone fruit.
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To remain close; resist separation.

We clung together in the storm.

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To remain emotionally attached; hold on.

Clinging to outdated customs.

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The definition of cling means to hold on or be attached to someone or something.

Morning glories climbing a trellis are an example of to cling.

A child hanging on to their mother's leg is an example of to cling.

Someone not able to get over a past relationship is an example of to cling.

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To hold fast by or as by embracing, entwining, or sticking; adhere.
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To be or stay near, as if holding fast.
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To be emotionally attached.
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Fruit (especially peach) whose flesh adheres strongly to the pit.
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​To hold very tightly, as to not fall off.
  • Mrs. Hemans.
    And what hath life for thee / That thou shouldst cling to it thus?.

Seaweed clung to the anchor.

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To adhere to an object, without being affixed, in such a way as to follow its contours. Used especially of fabrics and films.
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To cause to adhere to, especially by twining round or embracing.
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To cause to dry up or wither.
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(figuratively, with preposition to) To be fond of, to feel strongly about.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
cling
Plural:
clings

Origin of cling

  • Middle English clingen from Old English clingan

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old English clingan (“to adhere”); akin to Danish klynge (“to cluster, to crowd”). Compare clump.

    From Wiktionary