To cling is to tightly grasp something or to stick closely to something, like how wet clothes cling to the wearer.

Clinging has to do with closeness. A scared child will cling to his parent, holding on tight. People in love cling to one another in embraces. When you're on a roller coaster, it's best to cling to whatever restraint you can. Similarly, things cling to each other when they're hard to separate. Clothes fresh out of the dryer often cling to each other. Strands of cooked spaghetti cling to each other. Stretchy clothing like spandex clings to the bodies of the people who wear it.

Definitions of cling
  1. verb
    hold on tightly or tenaciously
    “The child clung to his mother's apron”
    synonyms: hang
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    type of:
    grasp, hold on
    hold firmly
  2. verb
    come or be in close contact with; stick or hold together and resist separation
    synonyms: adhere, cleave, cohere, stick
    adhere, bind, bond, hold fast, stick, stick to
    stick to firmly
    fasten with an adhesive material like glue
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    fit tightly, follow the contours of
    stick together
    clump together; as of bacteria, red blood cells, etc.
    haemagglutinate, hemagglutinate
    cause the clumping together (of red blood cells)
    type of:
    adjoin, contact, meet, touch
    be in direct physical contact with; make contact
  3. verb
    to remain emotionally or intellectually attached
    “He clings to the idea that she might still love him.”
  4. noun
    fruit (especially peach) whose flesh adheres strongly to the pit
    synonyms: clingstone
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    type of:
    edible fruit
    edible reproductive body of a seed plant especially one having sweet flesh
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