- 1 [transitive, intransitive] hug (somebody) to put your arms around someone and hold them tightly, especially to show that you like or love them synonym embrace They hugged each other. She hugged him tightly. He hugged Anna to him. They put their arms around each other and hugged.
- 2[transitive] hug something to put your arms around something and hold it close to your body She sat in the chair, hugging her knees. He hugged the hot-water bottle to his chest.
- 3[transitive] hug something (of a path, vehicle, etc.) to keep close to something for a distance The track hugs the coast for a mile. We crept along, hugging the perimeter fence.
- 4[transitive] hug something to fit tightly around something, especially a person's body figure-hugging jeans
NAmE//hʌɡ//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they hug
he / she / it hugs
past simple hugged
-ing form hugging