- 1[transitive, intransitive] hug (somebody) to put your arms around somebody 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. See related entries: Love
- 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 More Like This Consonant-doubling verbs bob, club, dub, grab, rub, sob, throb kid, nod, pad, plod, prod, shred, skid, thud beg, blog, bug, drag, drug, flag, hug, jog, log, mug, nag, plug bar, confer, infer, occur, prefer, refer, star, stir, transfer acquit, admit, allot, chat, clot, commit, jut, knit, pat, regret, rot, spot, submit (in British English:) appal, cancel, channel, control, counsel, enrol, equal, excel, fuel, fulfil, label, level, marvel, model, pedal, quarrel, signal, travelSee worksheet. Word Origin mid 16th cent.: probably of Scandinavian origin and related to Norwegian hugga
BrE BrE//hʌɡ//; NAmE NAmE//hʌɡ//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they hug
BrE BrE//hʌɡ//; NAmE NAmE//hʌɡ//he / she / it hugs
BrE BrE//hʌɡz//; NAmE NAmE//hʌɡz//past simple hugged
BrE BrE//hʌɡd//; NAmE NAmE//hʌɡd//past participle hugged
BrE BrE//hʌɡd//; NAmE NAmE//hʌɡd//-ing form hugging
BrE BrE//ˈhʌɡɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈhʌɡɪŋ//Love