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caress

[kuh-res]
noun
1.
an act or gesture expressing affection, as an embrace or kiss, especially a light stroking or touching.
verb (used with object)
2.
to touch or pat gently to show affection.
3.
to touch, stroke, etc., lightly, as if in affection: The breeze caressed the trees.
4.
to treat with favor, kindness, etc.

Origin:
1605–15; < French caresse < Italian carezza < Vulgar Latin *caritia, equivalent to Latin cār(us) dear + -itia suffix of abstract nouns; cf. charity

caressable, adjective
caresser, noun
caressingly, adverb
uncaressed, adjective
uncaressing, adjective
uncaressingly, adverb


1. pat, fondling, hug.
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caress (kəˈrɛs)
 
n
1.  a gentle touch or embrace, esp one given to show affection
 
vb
2.  (tr) to touch or stroke gently with affection or as with affection: the wind caressed her face
 
[C17: from French caresse, from Italian carezza, from Latin cārus dear]
 
ca'resser
 
n
 
ca'ressingly
 
adv

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caress
1651, from Fr. caresser, from It. carezzare "endearment," ult. from L. carita, from carus "dear" (see whore).
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