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hug / həg/ • v. (hugged , hug·ging ) [tr.] squeeze (someone) tightly in one's arms, typically to express affection: he hugged her close to him people kissed and hugged each other. ∎  hold (something) closely or tightly around or against part of one's body: he hugged his knees to his chest. ∎  fit tightly around: a pair of jeans that hugged the contours of his body. ∎  keep close to: I headed north, hugging the coastline all the way. ∎  (hug oneself) congratulate or be pleased with oneself: she hugged herself with secret joy. ∎  cherish or cling to (something such as a belief): a boy hugging a secret. • n. an act of holding someone tightly in one's arms, typically to express affection: there were hugs and tears as they were reunited. ∎  a squeezing grip in wrestling. DERIVATIVES: hug·ga·ble adj.

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