Synonyms of hang in English:


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1‘lanterns hung from the ridgepole of the tent’

be suspended, hang down, be pendent, dangle, swing, sway
archaic depend


2‘it's best to hang your pictures at eye level’

put up, fix, attach, affix, fasten, post, display, suspend, stick up, pin up, tack up, nail up, put on a hook

take down

3‘size the wall before you hang the wallpaper’

paste up, glue on, stick up, fasten on, fix on, attach

peel off

4‘the room was hung with banners and streamers’

decorate, adorn, drape, festoon, deck out, trick out, bedeck, array, furnish, garland, swathe, cover, ornament
informal get up, do up, do out, tart up
literary bedizen, caparison, furbelow

5‘they hanged the prisoners at a triple gallows’

execute by hanging, hang by the neck, send to the gallows, send to the gibbet, send to the scaffold, gibbet, put to death
informal string up

6‘pollutants hang in the air over the motorway’

hover, float, drift, linger, remain static, be suspended, be poised

be dispersed


    hang around

    1‘they spent most of their time hanging around restaurants or bars’

    loiter in, linger in, wait around in, spend time in, loaf in, loaf about in, loaf in, loaf around in, lounge in, lounge about in, lounge in, lounge around in
    waste time, kill time, mark time, while away one's time, while away the time, dally
    kick one's heels, cool one's heels, twiddle one's thumbs
    frequent, be a regular visitor to, be a regular client of, haunt
    informal hang out in

    2‘he was hanging around with a fellow called Mick’

    associate, mix, go around, keep company, spend time, mingle, socialize, fraternize, consort, rub shoulders
    North American rub elbows
    informal hang out, run around, knock about, knock around, be thick, hobnob

    have nothing to do with

    hang something out

    ‘you can hang out the washing in the laundry room’

    peg out, peg up, stick up, pin up, drape, fix, fasten
    hang over

    1‘two girls hung over the rail of the ferry’

    lean over, bend over, bend downwards, bend forwards, lean forwards, droop forwards, bow over

    2‘the threat of budget cuts is hanging over us’

    be imminent, threaten, approach, be close, be impending, impend, loom, draw near, be in prospect, be on the horizon, be just around the corner
    hang back

    ‘she hung back, scared to face the old woman’

    stay back, hold back, stay in the background, shrink back, shy away, be reluctant to come forward, hesitate, demur, recoil, turn away
    hang fire

    ‘we should hang fire for things to cool off’

    delay, hang back, hold back, hold on, stall, stop, pause, cease, halt, discontinue, procrastinate, vacillate, adopt Fabian tactics
    informal hang about, hang around, sit tight, hold one's horses
    hang out

    ‘he spent a lot of time hanging out with other musicians’

    associate, mix, go around, keep company, spend time, mingle, socialize, fraternize, consort, rub shoulders
    North American rub elbows
    informal hang around, run around, knock about, knock around, be thick, hobnob
    British informal hang about
    hang on

    1‘he hung on to the back of her coat’

    hold on to, hold fast to, grip, clutch, grasp, hold tightly, cling to, cling on to
    literary cleave to

    let go of

    2‘the whole credibility of electoral reform hangs on this decision’

    depend on, be dependent on, turn on, hinge on, rest on, be based on, be conditional on, be contingent upon, be determined by, be decided by, be conditioned by, revolve around

    3‘she hung on his every word’

    listen closely to, attend closely to, pay close attention to, be very attentive to, concentrate hard on, pay heed to, lend an ear to, give ear to, be rapt by
    informal be all ears for
    archaic hearken to

    pay no attention to

    4‘I will hang on until there are other people who can take the campaign forward’

    persevere, hold out, hold on, go on, carry on, keep on, keep going, keep at it, not give up
    continue, persist, remain, stay the course, stay with it, struggle on, plod on, plough on
    informal soldier on, plug away, peg away, stick at it, stick it out, hang in there, bash on

    give up

    5‘hang on, let me think for a moment’

    wait, wait a minute, hold on, stop
    hold the line
    informal hold your horses, sit tight
    British informal hang about
    hang about

    ‘hang about, see what it says here?’

    wait, hold on, wait a minute
    hang on, hold your horses