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  Dictionary Definition of hug

hug
verb, hugged, hugging, noun

-- verb (t)
1. to clasp tightly in the arms, especially with affection; embrace.
2. to cling firmly or fondly to: to hug an opinion.
3. to keep close to, as in sailing, horseracing or going along: to hug the shore, to hug the rails.
-- verb (i)
4. Archaic. to cling together; lie close.
-- noun
5. a tight clasp with the arms; a warm embrace.
-- phrase
6. hug oneself, congratulate oneself; be self-satisfied.
[cf. Icel. hugga console]