giphy

hug
hʌɡ/
verb
  1. squeeze (someone) tightly in one’s arms, typically to express affection.
    “he hugged her close to him”
    • hold (something) tightly around or against part of one’s body.
      “he hugged his knees to his chest”
    • fit tightly round.
      “a pair of jeans that hugged the contours of his body”

A hug is an international form of physical intimacy in which two people put their arms around the neck, back, or waist of one another and hold each other closely.

A hug, sometimes in association with a kiss, is a form of nonverbal communication. Depending on culture, context and relationship, a hug can indicate familiarity, love, affection, friendship, brotherhood or sympathy. A hug can indicate support, comfort, and consolation, particularly where words are insufficient. A hug usually demonstrates affection and emotional warmth, sometimes arising from joy or happiness when reunited with someone or seeing someone absent after a long time.

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