hang

When you hang something, you dangle or suspend it. You can hang a piñata from a tree, hang a picture on the wall, or hang a wind chime on your porch.

People hang all kinds of things: washing on a clothesline, a rope swing over a lake, or a shower curtain in the bathroom. An artist also hangs an art show — meaning she installs it in a gallery or museum, and maybe literally hangs paintings on the wall. If your mouth hangs open, it gapes, and when fog hangs in the air, it rests there, suspended. Informally, you can "get the hang" of something, or figure it out through practice.

Definitions of hang
  1. verb
    cause to be hanging or suspended
    Hang that picture on the wall”
    synonyms: hang up
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    suspend
    hang freely
    sling
    hang loosely or freely; let swing
    dangle
    cause to dangle or hang freely
    type of:
    fasten, fix, secure
    cause to be firmly attached
  2. verb
    decorate or furnish with something suspended
    Hang wallpaper”
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    adorn, beautify, decorate, embellish, grace, ornament
    make more attractive by adding ornament, colour, etc.
  3. verb
    place in position as by a hinge so as to allow free movement in one direction
    hang a door”
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    fasten, fix, secure
    cause to be firmly attached
  4. verb
    suspend (meat) in order to get a gamey taste
    hang the venison for a few days”
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    decompose, molder, moulder, rot
    break down
  5. verb
    be suspended or hanging
    “The flag hung on the wall”
    Synonyms:
    hang up
    cause to be hanging or suspended
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    types:
    beetle, overhang
    be suspended over or hang over
    dangle, drop, swing
    hang freely
    droop, loll
    hang loosely or laxly
  6. verb
    be suspended or poised
    “Heavy fog hung over the valley”
  7. verb
    be exhibited
    “Picasso hangs in this new wing of the museum”
  8. verb
    be placed in position as by a hinge
    “This cabinet door doesn't hang right!”
  9. noun
    a gymnastic exercise performed on the rings or horizontal bar or parallel bars when the gymnast's weight is supported by the arms
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    bent hang
    a hang performed with the elbows bent
    inverted hang
    a hang performed on the rings with the body upside down
    lever hang
    a hang performed on the rings with the body stationary in a horizontal position
    reverse hang
    a hang with the arms extended in back
    straight hang
    a hang performed on the rings or parallel bars with the body erect and the arms at the sides
    piked reverse hang
    a reverse hang performed on the rings
    type of:
    gymnastic exercise
    (gymnastics) an exercise designed to develop and display strength and agility and balance (usually performed with or on some gymnastic apparatus)
  10. verb
    kill by hanging
    “The murderer was hanged on Friday”
    synonyms: string up
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    halter
    hang with a halter
    gibbet
    hang on an execution instrument
    type of:
    execute, put to death
    kill as a means of socially sanctioned punishment
  11. verb
    let drop or droop
    Hang one's head in shame”
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    drop
    let fall to the ground
  12. verb
    fall or flow in a certain way
    “This dress hangs well”
    synonyms: fall, flow
  13. noun
    the way a garment hangs
    “he adjusted the hang of his coat”
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    fit
    the manner in which something fits
  14. verb
    be menacing, burdensome, or oppressive
    “This worry hangs on my mind”
    “The cloud of suspicion hangs over her”
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    brood, bulk large, hover, loom
    hang over, as of something threatening, dark, or menacing
    dominate, eclipse, overshadow
    be greater in significance than
    type of:
    be
    have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)
  15. verb
    give heed (to)
    “She hung on his every word”
    synonyms: advert, attend, give ear, pay heed
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    fixate
    pay attention to exclusively and obsessively
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    listen
    hear with intention
  16. verb
    hold on tightly or tenaciously
    hang on to your father's hands”
    synonyms: cling
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    type of:
    grasp, hold on
    hold firmly
  17. verb
    prevent from reaching a verdict, of a jury
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    type of:
    block, blockade, embarrass, hinder, obstruct, stymie, stymy
    hinder or prevent the progress or accomplishment of
  18. noun
    a special way of doing something
    “he couldn't get the hang of it”
    synonyms: bent, knack
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    endowment, gift, natural endowment, talent
    natural abilities or qualities
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