cling

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.

Primary Meanings of cling

1.
v
hold on tightly or tenaciously
2.
n
fruit (especially peach) whose flesh adheres strongly to the pit
Full Definitions of cling
1

v hold on tightly or tenaciously

“The child clung to his mother's apron”
Synonyms:
hang
Type of:
grasp, hold on
hold firmly

v come or be in close contact with; stick or hold together and resist separation

“The dress clings to her body”
Synonyms:
adhere, cleave, cohere, stick
adhere, bind, bond, hold fast, stick, stick to
stick to firmly
stick
fasten with an adhesive material like glue
Types:
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mold
fit tightly, follow the contours of
conglutinate
stick together
agglutinate
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

v to remain emotionally or intellectually attached

“He clings to the idea that she might still love him.”
2

n fruit (especially peach) whose flesh adheres strongly to the pit

Synonyms:
clingstone
Type of:
edible fruit
edible reproductive body of a seed plant especially one having sweet flesh

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