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caress

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verb ca·ress \kə-ˈres\

Definition of caress

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to treat with tokens of fondness, affection, or kindness :  cherish the regiment was fed and caressed at station after station — Stephen Crane

  3. 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

caresser

noun

caressingly

play \kə-ˈre-siŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of caress in a sentence

  1. She caressed the baby's cheek.

  2. A warm breeze caressed her face.

Origin and Etymology of caress

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


First Known Use: 1598


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caress

noun ca·ress

Definition of caress

  1. 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

  2. 2a :  a light stroking, rubbing, or patting a gentle caress of her shoulderb :  kiss She gave him a parting caress.

caressive

play \-ˈre-siv\ adjective

caressively

adverb

Examples of caress in a sentence

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

Origin and Etymology of caress

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


First Known Use: 1609


CARESS Defined for English Language Learners

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caress

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verb ca·ress \kə-ˈres\

Definition of caress for English Language Learners

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


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caress

noun ca·ress

Definition of caress for English Language Learners

  • : a gentle or loving touch


CARESS Defined for Kids

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caress

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noun ca·ress \kə-ˈres\

Definition of caress for Students

  1. :  a tender or loving touch or hug


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caress

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verb ca·ress

Definition of caress for Students

caressed

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caressing

  1. :  to touch in a tender or loving way



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