- hang1 [ hæŋ ] (past tense and past participle hung [ hʌŋ ] ) verb ***▸ 1 attach something at top only▸ 2 attach something to wall▸ 3 kill with rope▸ 4 put something into position▸ 5 about smoke/smells▸ 6 be seen in the sky▸ 7 spend time in a place▸ + PHRASES1. ) transitive to put something somewhere so that the top part is held in position but the bottom part can move freely:Hang your jacket there.hang something on/over something: Phillip hung his hat on a hook behind the door.She hung her bag over the chair.a ) intransitive to be fixed so that the top part is held in position but the bottom part can move freely:hang from: A row of pots and pans hung from hooks above the sink.hang on: The children's coats were hanging on pegs behind the door.b ) intransitive if your hair hangs down, it is long and not tied:hang over: Her dark hair hung down over her shoulders.hang loose: His long hair hung loose.c ) intransitive if clothes hang well, they look neat and attractive when you wear them2. ) transitive to attach a picture, mirror, etc. onto a wall:The portrait will now be hung in the local museum.a ) intransitive if a picture, mirror, etc. hangs somewhere, it is attached to a wall there:A large mirror hung over the fireplace.b ) transitive if a wall or room is hung with pictures, there are pictures on the walls:The walls were hung with movie posters.3. ) (past tense and past participle hanged) transitive to kill someone by putting a rope around their neck and making them fall:He was hanged for murder in 1942.be found hanged: A prisoner was found hanged in her cell.hang yourself: After his wife left, he tried to hang himself.a ) intransitive to die in this way:They knew if she was found guilty she would hang.4. ) transitive to attach paper to a wall as decoration:We spent the afternoon hanging wallpaper in our bedroom.a ) to put a door into position:It took us all morning to hang the new front door.5. ) intransitive if something such as smoke or a smell hangs in the air, it remains there:hang over/in: A thick mist hung over the fields.A smell of stale tobacco hung in the room.6. ) intransitive MAINLY LITERARY if something hangs in the sky, it is seen there:A crescent moon hung low over the lake.7. ) hang or hang out intransitive INFORMAL to spend time in a particular place or with particular people:hang with: On the weekend I like to just hang with my friends.hang by a thread or hang in the balanceto be very likely to fail:His career now hung by a thread.hang in there INFORMALto continue doing something in a determined way even though it is difficulthang a left/right AMERICAN SPOKENto turn left or right when you are drivinghang something BRITISH SPOKEN OLD-FASHIONEDused for saying that something is not important:I've decided to go on the trip, and hang the expense!hang your headto look downward because you feel ashamed,hang a`round phrasal verb intransitive or transitive INFORMALhang around something to spend time in a place waiting or doing nothing:I hung around outside, waiting for the others.hang around SPOKENused for telling someone to waitnot hang aroundto move or do something quickly:Let's not hang around or we'll be late!,hang a`round with phrasal verb transitive INFORMALhang around with someone to spend time with someone:Marie always hung around with boys.,hang `back phrasal verb intransitiveto not do something immediately because you are not confident or you do not feel certain about it: HESITATE,hang `on phrasal verb1. ) intransitive to hold tightly to something2. ) intransitive INFORMAL to wait or be patient:I think we should hang on and see the end of the game.3. ) transitive hang on something to depend on something:Everything hangs on the result of the blood test.hang on someone's every wordto listen very carefully to what someone is saying,hang `onto phrasal verb transitive INFORMALhang onto something to keep something:She still hung onto her wedding ring, even after the divorce.,hang `out phrasal verb1. ) intransitive INFORMAL same as HANG1 7:She knew all the clubs where he usually hung out.2. ) transitive to hang wet clothes outside to dry3. ) intransitive to lean out of a window so that the top part of your body is outside:hang out of: Two students were hanging out of the second floor window.,hang `over phrasal verb transitivehang over someone/something if something hangs over you, you worry about it or feel upset about it:The threat of homelessness hangs over hundreds of families.A sense of doom hung over the town.,hang to`gether phrasal verb intransitive INFORMALif something hangs together, the different parts of it combine well so that it seems well planned and organized:The speech doesn't really hang together.,hang `up phrasal verb1. ) intransitive to put the telephone down at the end of a conversation:Greg hung up and sat back in his chair.hang up on: Get lost! she shouted, and hung up on me.2. ) transitive to hang a piece of clothing on something:The women hung up their coats and sat down.3. ) transitive INFORMAL to stop using something because you are no longer doing a particular sport or activity:Nicola has decided it's time to hang up her dancing shoes.get hung up INFORMALto be delayed:I'm sorry I'm late I got hung up at the office.hang up your hat INFORMALto leave your job, especially when you are old enough to stop workinghanghang 2 [ hæŋ ] nounget/have the hang of something INFORMALto learn a skill or activity:Skiing is not very tiring, once you get the hang of it.
Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.