hang

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For the verb: "to hang"

Simple Past: hung, hanged
Past Participle: hung, hanged

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
hang /hæŋ/USA pronunciation   v., hung /hʌŋ/USA pronunciation  or ( esp.  )hanged, hang•ing, n. 

v. 
  • [+ object] to fasten (a thing) so that it is supported only from above or near its own top;
    suspend:I hung a few pictures on the wall.
  • [no object] to be suspended; dangle:clothes hanging on the clothesline.
  • to (cause to) be placed in position or suspended so as to allow free movement: [+ object]The workmen hung the door of the new house.[no object]The door doesn't hang properly.
  • [+ object] to kill by suspending (someone) by the neck from a rope:to hang a convicted murderer.
  • [+ object] to furnish or decorate with something suspended:to hang a room with pictures.
  • [no object] to stick out downward, jut out, or lean over or forward.
  • hang around, [Informal.]
    • [+ around ( + with)] to spend time in a certain place or in certain company:He's been hanging around with older kids.
    • [no object] to linger about; remain in one place;
      loiter:hung around until the bus left.
  • hang back, [no obj] to hesitate or be reluctant to move forward or take action:She hung back from taking part in the game.
  • hang in (there), [no object][Informal.]to manage to go on or keep going; persevere or endure:Hang in there;
    your hard work will pay off.
  • hang on: 
    • [no object] to cling tightly:My niece hung on tight to me.
    • [+ object] to be dependent on:The future of our company may hang on this one deal.
    • [no object] to continue; manage to keep going:This job is so bad;
      how much longer can I hang on?
    • [no object] to keep a telephone line open:Hang on, I'll see if she's here.
    • [no object] to wait briefly; keep calm:"Hang on, we're almost home,'' he shouted.
    • [+ object] to listen very carefully or attentively to:They hung on his every word.
    hang out: 
    • to lean out, suspend, or be suspended: [no object]He hung out the window, gulping in the fresh air.[+ object + out]He hung his head out the window.
    • [no object][Informal.]to go often to or spend time at a certain place:hanging out at the mall on weekends.
    • [no object][Informal.]to spend time in a casual way:We were just hanging out and gossiping.
    hang up: 
    • to suspend something on or as if on a hook: [+ up + object]I hung up my jacket on the hook.[+ object + up]I hung it up.
    • to stop or delay the progress of: [+ up + object]This broken machine is hanging up the whole assembly line.[+ object + up]You're hanging everybody up by not cooperating.
    • to end a telephone call by breaking the connection: [no object]I hung up and wrote down the message.[+ up + object]I hung up the phone.

    n. [countable; usually singular]
  • the way in which a thing hangs:the hang of a jacket.
  • Informal Terms[Informal.]the precise manner of doing or using something;
    knack:I've finally got the hang of programming a computer.
  • idiom
    1. Idiomshang a left (or right ),[Slang.]to make a left (or right) turn, as while driving an automobile.
    2. Idiomshang in the balance, [no object] to be in a dangerous, unsteady, or uncertain state or condition:The fate of the world hung in the balance.
    3. Informal Terms, Idiomshang it up, [Informal.]to quit; resign:He decided to hang it up after years on the job.
    4. hang loose, [no object][Slang.]to remain relaxed or calm:She's still hanging loose in spite of all the pressures of her new job.
    5. hang one on, [Slang.]
      • [no object] to become extremely drunk.
      • [+ object] to hit (someone):He hung one on his tormentor.
      hang together, [no object]
      • to be loyal to one another; remain united:We must hang together to get out of this difficulty.
      • to be logical or consistent:His research doesn't hang together.
    6. hang tough, [no object][Informal.]to remain unchanging in one's attitude; to be unyielding:The union has to hang tough during these negotiations.


    WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
    hang  (hang), 
    v., hung  or ([esp. for 4, 5, 20, 24])hanged;
    hang•ing;
     n. 

    v.t. 
  • to fasten or attach (a thing) so that it is supported only from above or at a point near its own top;
    suspend.
  • to attach or suspend so as to allow free movement:to hang a pendulum.
  • to place in position or fasten so as to allow easy or ready movement.
  • to put to death by suspending by the neck from a gallows, gibbet, yardarm, or the like.
  • to suspend (oneself ) by the neck until dead:He hanged himself from a beam in the attic.
  • to fasten to a cross; crucify.
  • to furnish or decorate with something suspended:to hang a room with pictures.
  • to fasten into position;
    fix at a proper angle:to hang a scythe.
  • to fasten or attach (wallpaper, pictures, etc.) to a wall:to hang pictures in a room.
  • to suspend (something) in front of anything:to hang curtains on a window.
  • [Fine Arts.]
    • to exhibit (a painting or group of paintings):The gallery hung his paintings in a small corner.
    • to put the paintings of (an art exhibition) on the wall of a gallery:They hung the show that morning.
  • to attach or annex as an addition:to hang a rider on a bill.
  • Buildingto attach (a door or the like) to its frame by means of hinges.
  • to make (an idea, form, etc.) dependent on a situation, structure, concept, or the like, usually derived from another source:He hung the meaning of his puns on the current political scene.
  • Law(of a juror) to keep (a jury) from rendering a verdict by refusing to agree with the others.
  • Informal Terms[Informal.]to cause (a nickname, epithet, etc.) to become associated with a person:Friends hung that nickname on him.
  • Slang Terms[Slang.]to hit with (a fist, blow, punch, etc.):He hung a left on his opponent's jaw.
  • Sport[Baseball.]to throw (a pitch) so that it fails to break, as a curve.
  • Nautical, Naval Terms[Naut.]to steady (a boat) in one place against a wind or current by thrusting a pole or the like into the bottom under the boat and allowing the wind or current to push the boat side-on against the pole.
  • (used in mild curses and emphatic expressions, often as a euphemism for damn):I'll be hanged if I do. Hang it all!

  • v.i. 
  • to be suspended; dangle.
  • to swing freely, as on a hinge.
  • to incline downward, jut out, or lean over or forward:The tree hung over the edge of the lake.
  • to be suspended by the neck, as from a gallows, and suffer death in this way.
  • to be crucified.
  • to be conditioned or contingent;
    be dependent:His future hangs on the outcome of their discussion.
  • to be doubtful or undecided; waver or hesitate:He hung between staying and going.
  • to remain unfinished or undecided;
    be delayed:Let that matter hang until our next meeting.
  • to linger, remain, or persist:He hung by her side, unwilling to leave.
  • to float or hover in the air:Fog hung over the city.
  • to be oppressive, burdensome, or tedious:guilt that hangs on one's conscience.
  • to remain in attention or consideration (often fol. by on or upon): They hung on his every word.
  • to fit or drape in graceful lines:That coat hangs well in back.
  • [Fine Arts.]
    • to be exhibited:His works hang in most major museums.
    • to have one's works on display:Rembrandt hangs in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
  • [Informal.]to hang out.
  • hang a left (or right ),[Slang.]to make a left (or right) turn, as while driving an automobile:Hang a right at the next corner.
  • hang around or about, [Informal.]
    • to spend time in a certain place or in certain company:He hangs around with an older crowd.
    • to linger about; loiter:They had stopped working and were just hanging around to talk.
    hang back: 
    • to be reluctant to proceed or move forward:The older pupils went straight to the podium, but the younger ones hung back out of shyness.
    • to refrain from taking action; hesitate:A forward pass would have been the best call, but the quarterback hung back because his last pass had been intercepted.
  • Sport, Idiomshang five, to ride a surfboard with the weight of the body forward and the toes of the forward foot curled over the front edge of the surfboard.
  • hang in, [Slang.]to persevere:She has managed to hang in despite years of bad luck.Also,hang in there. 
  • Idiomshang in the balance, to be in a precarious state or condition:The wounded man's life hung in the balance.
  • hang it up, [Informal.]to quit, resign, give up, etc.:The chief engineer is hanging it up after 40 years with the company.
  • hang loose, [Slang.]to remain relaxed or calm:Try to hang loose and don't let it bother you.
  • hang on: 
    • to hold fast; cling to.
    • to continue with effort;
      persevere:If you can hang on for a month longer, you will be eligible for the bonus.
    • to be sustained to the point of danger, tedium, etc.:coughs that hang on for months.
    • to keep a telephone line open:Hang on, I'll see if she's here.
    • to wait briefly; keep calm.
    hang one on, [Slang.]
    • to hit:He hung one on the bully and knocked him down.
    • to become extremely drunk:Every payday he hangs one on.
  • Idiomshang one's head. See head (def. 44).
  • hang out: 
    • to lean or be suspended through an opening.
    • [Informal.]to frequent a particular place, esp. in idling away one's free time:to hang out in a bar.
    • [Informal.]to loiter in public places:nothing to do on Saturday night but hang out.
    • [Informal.]to consort or appear in public with:Who's she been hanging out with?
    • [Slang.]to calm down:Hang out, Mom, I'm OK.
    • to wait, esp. briefly:Hang out a minute while I get my backpack.
    • to suspend in open view; display:to hang out the flag.
    hang over: 
    • to remain to be settled;
      be postponed:They will probably let the final decision hang over until next year.
    • to be imminent or foreboding; threaten:Economic ruin hangs over the town.
  • Sport, Idiomshang ten, to ride a surfboard with the weight of the body as far forward as possible and the toes of both feet curled over the front edge of the surfboard.
  • hang together: 
    • to be loyal to one another;
      remain united:"We must indeed all hang together, or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately.''
    • to cohere:This pancake batter doesn't hang together.
    • to be logical or consistent:His version of the story does not hang together.
  • hang tough, [Slang.]to remain unyielding, stubborn, or inflexible:He's hanging tough and won't change his mind.
  • hang up: 
    • to suspend by placing on a hook, peg, or hanger.
    • to cause or encounter delay; suspend or slow the progress of:The accident hung up the traffic for several hours.
    • to break a telephone connection by replacing the receiver on the hook:She received an anonymous call, but the party hung up when she threatened to call the police.
    • to cause a hang-up or hang-ups in:The experience hung her up for years.
    let it all hang out, [Slang.]
    • to be completely candid in expressing one's feelings, opinions, etc.:She's never been one to let it all hang out.
    • to act or live without restraint or inhibitions.

    n. 
  • the way in which a thing hangs.
  • Informal Terms[Informal.]the precise manner of doing, using, etc., something; knack:to get the hang of a tool.
  • Informal Terms[Informal.]meaning or thought:to get the hang of a subject.
  • [Naut.]
    • loss of way due to adverse wind or current.
    • a rake, as of a mast.
  • the least degree of care, concern, etc. (used in mild curses and emphatic expressions as a euphemism for damn): He doesn't give a hang about those things.
  • Etymology:bef. 900; fusion of 3 verbs: (1) Middle English, Old English hōn to hang (transitive), cognate with Gothic hāhan, origin, originally *haghan;
    (2) Middle English hang(i)en, Old English hangian to hang (intrans.), cognate with German hangen;
    (3) Middle English henge Old Norse hengja (transitive), cognate with German hängen to hang
    hanga•ble, adj. 
    hang′a•bili•ty, n. 
    Hang, lynch have in common the meaning of "to put to death,'' but lynching is not always by hanging. Hang, in the sense of execute, is in accordance with a legal sentence, the method of execution being to suspend by the neck until dead. To lynch, however, implies the summary putting to death, by any method, of someone charged with a flagrant offense (though guilt may not have been proved). Lynching is done by private persons, usually a mob, without legal authority.26 . depend, rely, rest, hinge. usage'> Hang has two forms for the past tense and past participle, hanged and hung. The historically older form hanged is now used exclusively in the sense of causing or putting to death:He was sentenced to be hanged by the neck until dead.In the sense of legal execution, hung is also quite common and is standard in all types of speech and writing except in legal documents. When legal execution is not meant, hung has become the more frequent form:The prisoner hung himself in his cell.
    hang, +v.i. 
    [Informal.]to hang out.

    WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
    loose /lus/USA pronunciation   adj., loos•er, loos•est, adv., v., loosed, loos•ing. 

    adj. 
  • free or released from being fastened or attached:a loose rope; a loose tooth.
  • free from confinement or restraint:The loose papers flew off his desk.
  • not fitting closely or tightly:a loose sweater.
  • relaxed or limber in nature:to run with a loose, open stride.
  • not close or tight in structure or arrangement:a cloth with a loose weave.
  • allowing freedom for independent action:a loose federation of city-states.
  • not strict, exact, or precise:a loose interpretation of the law.
  • unable to be held in check:a loose tongue.
  • sexually immoral; dissolute:loose living.

  • adv. 
  • in a loose manner;
    loosely (often used in combination):loose-fitting.

  • v. [+ object]
  • to let loose; set free:He loosed the animals from the house.
  • to unfasten:to loose a boat from its moorings.
  • to shoot; discharge;
    let fly:to loose missiles at the invaders.
  • idiom
    1. Idiomsbreak loose, [no object] to free oneself;
      escape:The circus animals broke loose.
    2. Idiomscast loose, [+ object + loose] to unfasten; set adrift;
      free:He cast the boat loose.
    3. Idiomscut loose, [no object] to behave wildly;
      carouse:The team needed to cut loose after all that tension.
    4. Idioms, , Slang Termshang or stay loose, [no object][Informal.]to remain relaxed and calm.
    5. let loose: 
      • [+ object + loose] to free:The children were let loose to run around.
      • [no object] to yield; give way:The guardrail let loose and the bus plunged down the canyon.
      • [no object] to speak or act with unrestricted freedom:to let loose with a few swearwords.
    6. Idiomson the loose, free; unconfined:Several escaped convicts were on the loose.
    7. Idiomsturn or set loose, [+ object + loose] to free from confinement:turned the prisoners loose one by one.

    loose•ly, adv. 
    loose•ness, n. [uncountable]

    WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
    loose  (lo̅o̅s), 
    adj., loos•er, loos•est, adv., v. loosed, loos•ing. 

    adj. 
  • free or released from fastening or attachment:a loose end.
  • free from anything that binds or restrains; unfettered:loose cats prowling around in alleyways at night.
  • Chemistryuncombined, as a chemical element.
  • not bound together:to wear one's hair loose.
  • not put up in a package or other container:loose mushrooms.
  • available for disposal; unused;
    unappropriated:loose funds.
  • lacking in reticence or power of restraint:a loose tongue.
  • lax, as the bowels.
  • lacking moral restraint or integrity; notorious for his loose character.
  • sexually promiscuous or immoral;
    unchaste.
  • not firm, taut, or rigid:a loose tooth;
    a loose rein.
  • relaxed or limber in nature:He runs with a loose, open stride.
  • not fitting closely or tightly:a loose sweater.
  • not close or compact in structure or arrangement; having spaces between the parts;
    open:a loose weave.
  • having few restraining factors between associated constituents and allowing ample freedom for independent action:a loose federation of city-states.
  • not cohering:loose sand.
  • not strict, exact, or precise:a loose interpretation of the law.
  • [Sports.]
    • having the players on a team positioned at fairly wide intervals, as in a football formation.
    • (of a ball, hockey puck, etc.) not in the possession of either team; out of player control.
  • hang or stay loose, [Slang.]to remain relaxed and unperturbed.
  • on the loose: 
    • free;
      unconfined, as, esp., an escaped convict or circus animal.
    • behaving in an unrestrained or dissolute way:a bachelor on the loose.

    adv. 
  • in a loose manner;
    loosely (usually used in combination):loose-flowing.
  • Idiomsbreak loose, to free oneself; escape:The convicts broke loose.
  • cast loose: 
    • to loosen or unfasten, as a ship from a mooring.
    • to send forth;
      set adrift or free:He was cast loose at an early age to make his own way in the world.
    cut loose: 
    • to release from domination or control.
    • to become free, independent, etc.
    • to revel without restraint:After the rodeo they headed into town to cut loose.
    let loose: 
    • to free or become free.
    • to yield; give way:The guardrail let loose and we very nearly plunged over the edge.
  • Idiomsturn loose, to release or free, as from confinement:The teacher turned the children loose after the class.

  • v.t. 
  • to let loose; free from bonds or restraint.
  • to release, as from constraint, obligation, or penalty.
  • Nautical, Naval Terms[Chiefly Naut.]to set free from fastening or attachment:to loose a boat from its moorings.
  • to unfasten, undo, or untie, as a bond, fetter, or knot.
  • to shoot;
    discharge;
    let fly:to loose missiles at the invaders.
  • to make less tight; slacken or relax.
  • to render less firmly fixed;
    lessen an attachment;
    loosen.

  • v.i. 
  • to let go a hold.
  • Nautical, Naval Termsto hoist anchor;
    get under way.
  • to shoot or let fly an arrow, bullet, etc. (often fol. by off):to loose off at a flock of ducks.
  • [Obs.]to become loose;
    loosen.
  • Etymology:
    • Old Norse lauss loose, free, empty; cognate with Old English lēas (see -less), Dutch, German los loose, free; (verb, verbal) Middle English leowsen, lousen, derivative of the adjective, adjectival
    • (adjective, adjectival) Middle English los, loos 1175–1225
    loosely, adv. 
    looseness, n. 
    1 . bound.10 . chaste.32 . tighten.

    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    hang /hæŋ/ vb (hangs, hanging, hung /hʌŋ/)
    1. to fasten or be fastened from above, esp by a cord, chain, etc; suspend
    2. to place or be placed in position as by a hinge so as to allow free movement around or at the place of suspension: to hang a door
    3. (intransitive) sometimes followed by over: to be suspended or poised; hover: a pall of smoke hung over the city
    4. (intransitive) sometimes followed by over: to be imminent; threaten
    5. (intransitive) to be or remain doubtful or unresolved (esp in the phrase hang in the balance)
    6. (past tense and past participle hanged) to suspend or be suspended by the neck until dead
    7. (transitive) to decorate, furnish, or cover with something suspended or fastened
    8. (transitive) to fasten to or suspend from a wall: to hang wallpaper
    9. to fall or droop or allow to fall or droop: to hang one's head in shame
    10. (transitive) to suspend (game such as pheasant) so that it becomes slightly decomposed and therefore more tender and tasty
    11. (of a jury) to prevent or be prevented from reaching a verdict
    12. (past tense and past participle hanged) slang to damn or be damned: used in mild curses or interjections: I'll be hanged before I'll go out in that storm
    13. (intransitive) to pass slowly (esp in the phrase time hangs heavily)
    14. hang fireto be delayed
    n
    1. the way in which something hangs
    2. (usually used with a negative) slang a damn: I don't care a hang for what you say
    3. get the hang ofinformal to understand the technique of doing something
    4. to perceive the meaning or significance of

    See also hang about, hang backEtymology: Old English hangian; related to Old Norse hanga, Old High German hangēn



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