verb ca·ress \kə-ˈres\

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

Full Definition of CARESS

transitive verb
:  to treat with tokens of fondness, affection, or kindness :  cherish
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 \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



: a gentle or loving touch

Full Definition of CARESS

:  an act or expression of kindness or affection :  endearment
a :  a light stroking, rubbing, or patting
b :  kiss
ca·res·sive \-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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