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caress

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verb ca·ress \kə-ˈres\

Simple Definition of caress

  • : to touch (someone or something) in a gentle way

Full Definition of caress

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to treat with tokens of fondness, affection, or kindness :  cherish

  3. 2 a :  to touch or stroke lightly in a loving or endearing manner b :  to touch or affect as if with a caress <echoes that caress the ear>

ca·ress·er noun
ca·ress·ing·ly play \kə-ˈre-siŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of caress

  1. She caressed the baby's cheek.

  2. A warm breeze caressed her face.



Origin of caress

French caresser, from Italian carezzare, from carezza


First Known Use: 1598


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caress

noun ca·ress

Simple Definition of caress

  • : a gentle or loving touch

Full Definition of caress

  1. 1 :  an act or expression of kindness or affection :  endearment

  2. 2 a :  a light stroking, rubbing, or patting b :  kiss

ca·res·sive play \-ˈre-siv\ adjective
ca·res·sive·ly adverb

Examples of caress

  1. She gave the baby's cheek a gentle caress.



Origin of caress

French caresse, from Italian carezza, from caro dear, from Latin carus — more at charity


First Known Use: 1609



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