caress

verb
ca·ress | \ kə-ˈres \
caressed; caressing; caresses

Definition of caress 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to treat with tokens of fondness, affection, or kindness : cherish the regiment was fed and caressed at station after station —Stephen Crane

2a : to touch or stroke lightly in a loving or endearing manner She caressed the baby's cheek.

b : to touch or affect as if with a caress echoes that caress the ear

caress

noun

Definition of caress (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an act or expression of kindness or affection : endearment when the gifts and caresses of mankind shall recompense the toils of study —Samuel Johnson

2a : a light stroking, rubbing, or patting a gentle caress of her shoulder

b : kiss She gave him a parting caress.

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Other words from caress

Verb

caresser noun
caressingly \kə-ˈre-siŋ-lē \ adverb

Noun

caressive \-ˈre-siv \ adjective
caressively adverb

Synonyms for caress

Synonyms: Verb

fondle, gentle, love, pat, pet, stroke

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Examples of caress in a Sentence

Verb

She caressed the baby's cheek. A warm breeze caressed her face.

Noun

She gave the baby's cheek a gentle caress.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Instead of feeling pain, he is calmly caressed, he is buoyed by the water and shuttled to the ocean. Chicago Tribune, chicagotribune.com, "Algren Award runner-up: "Fluid Mechanics" by Mabel Yu," 2 June 2018 The parents-to-be look off into the distance while Thompson caresses Kardashian's baby bump. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Evolution of Khloé Kardashian's Baby Bump," 9 Apr. 2018 Hadid was even seen caressing Tesfaye's face at one point in the evening. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Bella Hadid and The Weeknd Just Kissed in Cannes and Our Hearts Are Exploding," 11 May 2018 Meanwhile, Lauren drapes her right arm across Arie's lap, caressing his outer thigh. Elizabeth Narins, Cosmopolitan, "Will Arie and Lauren Last? A Body Language Expert Weighs In," 7 Mar. 2018 Move your hands in a crisscross pattern caressing their torso in broad strokes. 13. Redbook, "33 Sexy Places to Touch Your Guy," 30 Oct. 2017 The intimate friendship that forms between Philip and Farinelli forms the core of the play, with Philip by turns caressing and covetous, and Farinelli half admiring and half fearful of his patron’s mercurial temper. Constance Grady, Vox, "Your guide to the 17 most important nominees at this year’s Tonys," 7 June 2018 Her fingertips travel to the lone whisker and then caress it like a fetish. Lisa Miller, The Cut, "The Weaponized Amber Tamblyn," 8 July 2018 Norgaard and Placer prosecutor Dave Tellman contend Monroy had ample opportunity to escape Bracamontes before the shootings, and have introduced video footage from a gas station and motels showing her appearing to be caressing him and smiling. Sam Stanton, sacbee, "Confessed cop killer’s wife says he threatened to cut off her face | The Sacramento Bee," 5 Feb. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

His two dancers, who hold hands and caress, perform opposite Ryan and a female pianist, whose romance is implied through the camera angles. Dan Allen /, NBC News, "Song, dance and LGBTQ visibility reign supreme at Eurovision Song Contest," 11 May 2018 The choreographer bestowed a healing power to each simple human touch and caress, and dancers folded protectively into their partners. Laura Bleiberg, latimes.com, "Dance Theatre of Harlem comes full circle with stirring Broad Stage program," 22 Apr. 2018 Any type of massage in this area is going to require a light caress as to not cause pain. Redbook, "33 Sexy Places to Touch Your Guy," 30 Oct. 2017 The range of expression in his keyboard touch encompassed caresses, rumbles, and crashes. Ben Ratliff, BostonGlobe.com, "Cecil Taylor, 89, pianist who moved beyond jazz idiom," 7 Apr. 2018 Bruno, severely ill with malaria, barely responded to his mother's caresses. Nicholas Kristof, Anchorage Daily News, "‘Conflict is more profitable than peace’," 26 Mar. 2018 Mother's precious caress shows grand compassion towards our sorrow. Hartford Courant, courant.com, "Olympia Onofrio Grace," 18 Mar. 2018 So is Daniel Pantaleo, the man whose arms just happened to be wrapped around Eric Garner’s throat in a loving caress when Garner died on a New York City sidewalk. Michael Harriot, The Root, "After Watching the ‘Hypothetical’ O.J. Simpson Confession, I Realize White People Were Right All Along," 12 Mar. 2018 Maurice's unstoppable caress of Clive, who's seated beneath his chair, is reciprocated with an upstretched hand that promises more than upper-class English society in the early part of the 20th century can accommodate. Charles Mcnulty, latimes.com, "Why 'Three Billboards' and 'Call Me by Your Name' leave this theater critic cold," 1 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of caress

Verb

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1609, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for caress

Verb

French caresser, from Italian carezzare, from carezza — see caress entry 2

Noun

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

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care of

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caret

caretaker

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More Definitions for caress

caress

verb

English Language Learners Definition of caress

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

caress

noun

English Language Learners Definition of caress (Entry 2 of 2)

: a gentle or loving touch

caress

noun
ca·ress | \ kə-ˈres \

Kids Definition of caress

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a tender or loving touch or hug

caress

verb
caressed; caressing

Kids Definition of caress (Entry 2 of 2)

: to touch in a tender or loving way

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