To hug someone is to warmly embrace or grasp them with your arms. Some families hug each other all the time, while others save their hugs for special occasions.

Celebrate National Hug Your Cat Day if you want to, but your cat may be less enthusiastic about it than you are. Hug is both a verb and a noun: when you hug your cat, she gets a hug. You can also hug your knees, holding them close to your body, and your skinny jeans can be said to hug your legs, or fit tightly. Hug probably comes from the Old Norse hugga, "to comfort."

Definitions of hug
  1. verb
    squeeze (someone) tightly in your arms, usually with fondness
    Hug me, please”
    “He hugged her close to him”
    synonyms: bosom, embrace, squeeze
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    embrace amorously
    hold (a person or thing) close, as for affection, comfort, or warmth
    interlock, lock
    become engaged or intermeshed with one another
    type of:
    hold firmly and tightly
  2. verb
    fit closely or tightly
    “The dress hugged her hips”
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    type of:
    adjoin, contact, meet, touch
    be in direct physical contact with; make contact
  3. noun
    a tight or amorous embrace
    “come here and give me a big hug
    synonyms: clinch, squeeze
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    type of:
    embrace, embracement, embracing
    the act of clasping another person in the arms (as in greeting or affection)
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