caress

verb
ca·​ress | \ kə-ˈres How to pronounce caress (audio) \
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 How to pronounce caress (audio) \ adverb

Noun

caressive \ kə-​ˈre-​siv How to pronounce caress (audio) \ adjective
caressively adverb

Synonyms for caress

Synonyms: Verb

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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 Shepperd and Diego, who were starring in the production, stood in the dark of this space, waiting for their cues to go onstage, Diego said, when Shepperd would touch or caress him, usually on his buttocks or thighs. Los Angeles Times, 28 May 2021 When the little girl emerged, Ms. Paredes rushed forward to clutch and caress her. Mark Abramson, New York Times, 9 May 2021 And your solution was to pretend to caress your Teddy bear from childhood? Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, 9 May 2021 Romero's supple fingers caress her Holy Bible pages. USA Today, 6 Apr. 2021 But always there was a longing to hold her, caress a hand, put a great-grandchild on her lap. Mary Lynn Smith, Star Tribune, 15 Jan. 2021 On the track, Wanda’s blue-beautiful vocals caress the melodies but never squeeze them. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, 4 Nov. 2020 Stage presence Henry has a lustrous soprano that can caress a ballad or shift to a supple belt. Elysa Gardner, New York Times, 21 Oct. 2020 The film includes a sequence in a gay bar, frequent male nudity, a bare-assed spanking and a scene in which Freddy Krueger caresses Jesse's face before sticking a clawed finger in his mouth. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, 26 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Myles Brady-Davis whispered, lifting Zayn in the air before pulling her into a caress, punctuating it all with a kiss on the cheek. Grace Hauck, USA Today, 21 May 2021 There are the beautiful, little human touches, like the two hands touching with a gentle caress or a wonderful kiss. Steff Yotka, Vogue, 16 Apr. 2021 Other major championships have felt his caress and withered. Eamon Lynch, Detroit Free Press, 10 Jan. 2021 This video captures the remarkable moment when rehabilitator Ellen Kalish gives the owl one final caress before raising her arm to release the bird. Los Angeles Times, 3 Dec. 2020 The film wants to sell us Jorge and Chris as romantic heroes, but their pickup lines and declarations of love are more cringe than caress. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, 16 Oct. 2020 Wooten’s soundscape - part outer-space float, part classical guitar caress - is even more interesting to pore over than J. Cole’s cascading wordplay. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, 1 July 2020 These days, the sick go to the hospital alone — family isn't allowed inside because of the contagious nature of the virus — and many end up dying alone without so much as a comforting word or caress from those who love them most. Georgea Kovanis, Detroit Free Press, 20 May 2020 The same care is evident onscreen, where every fumbling and tentative caress seems heavy with meaning. Anna Russell, The New Yorker, 18 May 2020

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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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3 Jun 2021

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“Caress.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/caress. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce caress (audio) \

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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