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What is another word for hugging?

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Verb
Present participle for to embrace or hold someone or something tightly in one's arms
“Hearing the rough edge of her despair, he again reached for her, to hug her, to comfort her.”
Verb
Present participle for to be, or stay, next to or very close to something or someone
“Mayfield House did not hug the coastline but sat atop a hill above the densely packed center of Vineyard Haven.”
Verb
Present participle for to cherish or cling to something, such as a belief
“Does anyone hug the thought of happiness and not its relief?”
Verb
Present participle for to adhere or stick firmly or closely to
Verb
Present participle for to move (a baby or young child) up and down in a playful or affectionate way
Verb
Present participle for to crowd or nestle closely together
Verb
Present participle for to be situated along or around the edge of
Verb
Present participle for to engage in sensuous caressing and touching
Verb
Present participle for to accept something willingly or gladly
Adjective
Closefitting or snug
Adjective
Able or designed to stick to things
Noun
Sexual activity, especially sexual intercourse
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“He seemed content just to spend every waking minute with me, cuddling me to his chest, hugging me and whispering endearments in my ears.”
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