1 [pet]
any domesticated or tamed animal that is kept as a companion and cared for affectionately.
a person especially cherished or indulged; favorite: He was the teacher's pet.
a thing particularly cherished.
kept or treated as a pet: a pet lamb.
especially cherished or indulged, as a child or other person.
favorite; most preferred: a pet theory.
showing fondness or affection: to address someone with pet words.
verb (used with object), petted, petting.
to fondle or caress: to pet a dog.
to treat as a pet; indulge.
verb (used without object), petted, petting.
Informal. to engage in kissing, caressing, and other sexual activity with one’s partner, but not sexual intercourse.

1500–10; (noun) perhaps back formation from pet lamb cade lamb, shortened variant of petty lamb little lamb (see petty); (v.) derivative of the noun

pettable, adjective

9. baby, humor, pamper, favor. Unabridged
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pet1 (pɛt)
1.  a tame animal kept in a household for companionship, amusement, etc
2.  a person who is fondly indulged; favourite: teacher's pet
3.  kept as a pet: a pet dog
4.  of or for pet animals: pet food
5.  particularly cherished; favourite: a pet theory; a pet hatred
6.  familiar or affectionate: a pet name
7.  (Scot), (Irish) pet day a single fine day during a period of bad weather
vb , pets, petting, petted
8.  (tr) to treat (a person, animal, etc) as a pet; pamper
9.  (tr) to pat or fondle (an animal, child, etc)
10.  informal (intr) (of two people) to caress each other in an erotic manner, as during lovemaking (often in the phrase heavy petting)
[C16: origin unknown]

pet2 (pɛt)
1.  a fit of sulkiness, esp at what is felt to be a slight; pique
vb , pets, petting, petted
2.  (intr) to take offence; sulk
[C16: of uncertain origin]

abbreviation for
1.  positron emission tomography
n acronym for
2.  potentially exempt transfer: a procedure in the UK whereby gifting property and cash is tax-free, provided that the donor lives for at least seven years after the gift is made

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Word Origin & History

"tamed animal," originally Scot. and northern England dial., of unknown origin. Sense of "indulged child" (1508) is recorded slightly earlier than that of "animal kept as a favorite" (1539), but the latter may be the primary meaning. Probably associated with or influenced by petty. The verb is 1629 meaning
"treat as a pet;" the sense of "to stroke" is first found 1818. Slang sense of "kiss and caress" is from 1920 (implied in petting, in F. Scott Fitzgerald). Teacher's pet is attested from 1914.

"peevishness, offense at feeling slighted," 1590, in phrase take the pet "take offense." Perhaps from pet (1) on a similar notion to that in Amer.Eng. that gets my goat, but the underlying notion is obscure, and the form of the original expression makes this doubtful. This word seems to have been originally
a southern Eng. term, while pet (1) was Scottish.
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Medical Dictionary

PET abbr.
positron emission tomography

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positron emission tomography
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