dangle

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 [ˈdæŋgəl]



WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
dan•gle /ˈdæŋgəl/USA pronunciation   v.,  -gled, -gling. 
  1. to (cause to) hang or swing loosely: [no object]The rope dangled out the window.[ + obj]:She dangled the rope out the window.
  2. [ + obj + before + obj] to offer as a means of persuading:He dangled a salary increase before me.
dan•gler, n. [countable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
dan•gle  (danggəl),USA pronunciation v.,  -gled, -gling, n. 
v.i. 
  1. to hang loosely, esp. with a jerking or swaying motion:The rope dangled in the breeze.
  2. to hang around or follow a person, as if seeking favor or attention.
  3. Grammarto occur as a modifier without a head or as a participle without an implied subject, as leaving the tunnel in The daylight was blinding, leaving the tunnel.

v.t. 
  1. to cause to dangle;
    hold or carry swaying loosely.
  2. to offer as an inducement.
  3. Idiomskeep someone dangling, to keep someone in a state of uncertainty.

n. 
  1. the act of dangling.
  2. something that dangles.
dangler, n. 
dangling•ly, adv. 
  • expressive word akin to Norwegian, Swedish dangla, Danish dangle dangle 1580–90
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged swing, sway, flap.


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

dangle /ˈdæŋɡəl/ vb
  1. to hang or cause to hang freely: his legs dangled over the wall
  2. (transitive) to display as an enticement: the hope of a legacy was dangled before her
Etymology: 16th Century: perhaps from Danish dangle, probably of imitative origin

ˈdangler n



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