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hug

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishhughug1 /hʌɡ/ ●●○ verb (hugged, hugging) [transitive] 🔊 🔊 1 HOLDto put your arms around someone and hold them tightly to show love or friendship syn embrace 🔊 We stood there crying and hugging each other. 🔊 She went to her daughter and hugged her tightly.2 to put your arms around yourselfhug your knees/arms/legs etc 🔊 Sarah sat on the floor, hugging her knees.hug yourself 🔊 She stood hugging herself against the cold.3 NEARto move along the side, edge, top etc of something, staying very close to it 🔊 The small boats hugged the coast.4 if clothes hug your body, they fit closelyclose-fittingbody-/figure-hugging 🔊 a figure-hugging dress5 HOLDto hold something in your arms close to your chest 🔊 He was hugging a big pile of books.6 hug yourself with joy/delight etcGRAMMAR: Reciprocal verbsHug is a reciprocal verb. This type of verb is used when saying that two or more people or things do something that involves both or all of them. It does not need to have an object: She and her friend hugged. In this sentence, hug is intransitive and does not have an object.You can also say: She hugged her friend.She and her friend hugged each other. In these sentences, hug is transitive.THESAURUShug (also give somebody a hug) to put your arms around someone and hold them tightly to show love or friendshipMother hugged him and tucked him into bed.Come here and give me a big hug.embrace to put your arms around someone and hold him or her in a caring way. Embrace is more formal than hugJason warmly embraced his son.The two leaders embraced each other.cuddle to put your arms around someone or something as a sign of love, especially a child or a small animalShe sat on a chair, cuddling her daughter.He cuddled the puppy.put your arms around somebody to hold someone closely to your body, especially to comfort them or show that you love themThe woman put her arms around the sobbing boy.cradle written to hold someone very gently in your arms, like you would hold a babyShe held the baby in her arms.She cradled his head in her hands and kissed him on the forehead→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpus
hug""I'll never forget you, '' she said, and we hugged each other for the last time.While we were there, Anna Mae came in-she was real happy to see us, hugging everybody.She laid her cheek contentedly against his chest, and hugged him back.She felt to hug him but was afraid to hurt; like a fragile bird, this new scrawny Rab.Jane threw her arms around him and hugged him tight.Maisha is so proud she hugs him twice.My father hugged me affectionately when I got home.She hugged me, and my heart flew into hers.Diana Dors, the secret object of the young policeman's desire, hugged Michael long and hard.They hugged one last time before Renata got into the car and drove off.After Dunseverik, the path hugs the clifftop near Brebane Head.The new road will stretch from Barcelona to the Adriatic, hugging the Mediterranean coast.A row of tiny feeding fish were hugging the rock surface where I stood.Gray whales hug the west coast as they move south.Folly broke away. ` I shouldn't be hugging you, Jack.hugged ... tightlyI stroked him slowly, then hugged him tightly.Putting the kettle on the gas, she went to her daughter and hugged her tightly.She hugged her handbag tightly to her sides, comforted by the thought of the Pathfinder inside.hug your knees/arms/legs etcPetey finally sat down on the bank and faced the lake hugging his knees.She leaned forward, hugging her knees.Wet as a water rat, she sat hugging her knees.Albert sat, hugging his knees, and staring at nothing.Robyn hugged her arms around her body.Joseph hugged his knees by the fire.She sat in the chair, hugging her knees, staring at Stephen as if he were an enemy.She retreated back downstairs, and climbed on to the mildewed sofa, hugging her knees up to her chin.
hughug2 ●●○ noun [countable] 🔊 🔊 HOLDthe action of putting your arms around someone and holding them tightly to show love or friendship syn embrace 🔊 Paul gave me a big hug. 🔊 Nesta greeted the visitors with hugs and kisses. bear hug
Examples from the Corpus
hugGracie Mae, he says, coming up to give me a hug.Give me a hug, then it's time for bed.Your daughter may need a hug, your son a congratulatory handshake, or vice versa.In all his life, he had never had such a hug.His arms tightened around her in a bear hug.He gave the Bookman a big hug and hoped they would be friends for a long, long time.Now he found himself playing Kaa, the deaf snake known for the power of his hug.No older person should ever ask you to keep a kiss, hug or touch, secret.For the next hour our hugs and tears occupied all my attention-but none of that was seen by the public.My warmest wishes to everyone in the family, and a special hug for Penny.gave ... hugShe slid closer and gave him a hug, pressing her head into his chest.I put my arm round him and gave him a hug just like that.Or else the very following things will happen: This kid came up to me and gave me a hug good night.He pulled over by Crotona Park, and gave her a hug.
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Verb table
hug
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theyhug
he, she, ithugs
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhugged
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave hugged
he, she, ithas hugged
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad hugged
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill hug
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have hugged
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam hugging
he, she, itis hugging
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you, we, theyare hugging
Past
I, he, she, itwas hugging
you, we, theywere hugging
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been hugging
he, she, ithas been hugging
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been hugging
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be hugging
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been hugging
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