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hug (hʌɡ



Word forms:   hugs,  hugging or ,  hugged
(mainly transitive)
  1. (also intransitive) to clasp (another person or thing) tightly or (of two people) to cling close together; embrace
  2. to keep close to a shore, kerb, etc
  3. to cling to (beliefs, etc); cherish
  4. to congratulate (oneself); be delighted with (oneself)



  1. a tight or fond embrace

Derived Forms

ˈhuggable  adjective
ˈhugger  noun

Word Origin

C16: probably of Scandinavian origin; related to Old Norse hugga to comfort, Old English hogian to take care of


View thesaurus entry
= embrace, hold (onto), cuddle, squeeze, cling, clasp, enfold, hold close, take in your arms
= clasp, hold (onto), grip, nurse, retain
= follow closely, keep close, stay near, cling to, follow the course of
= embrace, squeeze, bear hug, clinch (slang), clasp

Translations for 'hug'

  • British English: hug If you give someone a hug, you put your arms around them and hold them tightly, for example because you like them or are pleased to see them.Syvil leapt out of the back seat, and gave him a hug.hʌɡ NOUN
  • Arabic: حَضَن
  • Brazilian Portuguese: abraço
  • Chinese: 拥抱
  • Croatian: zagrljaj
  • Czech: objetí
  • Danish: knus
  • Dutch: knuffel
  • European Spanish: abrazo
  • Finnish: halaus
  • French: accolade
  • German: Umarmung
  • Greek: αγκαλιά
  • Italian: abbraccio
  • Japanese: 抱きしめること
  • Korean: 포옹
  • Norwegian: klem
  • Polish: uścisk
  • Portuguese: abraço
  • Romanian: îmbrățișare îmbrățișări
  • Russian: объятие
  • Spanish: abrazo
  • Swedish: kram
  • Thai: การกอด
  • Turkish: kucaklama
  • Ukrainian: обійми
  • Vietnamese: cái ôm
  • British English: hug When you hug someone, you put your arms around them and hold them tightly, for example because you like them or are pleased to see them. You can also say that two people hug each other or that they hug.She had hugged him exuberantly and invited him to dinner the next day.hʌɡ VERB
  • Arabic: يَحْضُنُ
  • Brazilian Portuguese: abraçar
  • Chinese: 拥抱
  • Croatian: zagrliti
  • Czech: obejmout objímat
  • Danish: kramme
  • Dutch: omhelzen
  • European Spanish: abrazar
  • Finnish: halata
  • French: serrer dans ses bras
  • German: umarmen
  • Greek: αγκαλιάζω
  • Italian: abbracciare
  • Japanese: 抱きしめる
  • Korean: ...을 껴안다
  • Norwegian: klemme
  • Polish: uściskać ściskać
  • Portuguese: abraçar
  • Romanian: a îmbrățișa
  • Russian: обнимать
  • Spanish: abrazar
  • Swedish: krama
  • Thai: กอด
  • Turkish: kucaklamak
  • Ukrainian: обіймати обійняти
  • Vietnamese: ôm

Example Sentences Including 'hug'

At sight of their father, Felicity jumped the last four stairs and ran to hug him.
Brent-Dyer, Elinor Adrienne and the Chalet School
Afterwards, when she did sit down, she felt suddenly cold and had to hug herself to stop shaking.
St. James, Ian Final Resort
They said their farewells on the doorstep, stepping into an awkward hug , his lips brushing the soft skin under her ear.


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