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Meaning of dangle

dan•gle

Pronunciation: (dang'gul), [key]
— v., n. -gled, -gling,
—v.i.
  1. to hang loosely, esp. with a jerking or swaying motion: The rope dangled in the breeze.
  2. to hang around or follow a person, as if seeking favor or attention.
  3. to occur as a modifier without a head or as a participle without an implied subject, as leaving the tunnel in The daylight was blinding, leaving the tunnel.
—v.t.
  1. to cause to dangle; hold or carry swaying loosely.
  2. to offer as an inducement.
  3. to keep someone in a state of uncertainty.
—n.
  1. the act of dangling.
  2. something that dangles.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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