pat

noun
\ ˈpat How to pronounce pat (audio) \

Definition of pat

 (Entry 1 of 6)

1 : a light blow especially with the hand or a flat instrument
2 : a light tapping often rhythmical sound
3 : something (such as butter) shaped into a small flat usually square individual portion
pat on the back
: an expression of approval

pat

adverb

Definition of pat (Entry 2 of 6)

: in a pat manner : aptly, perfectly has her part down pat

pat

verb
patted; patting

Definition of pat (Entry 3 of 6)

transitive verb

1 : to strike lightly with a flat instrument
2 : to flatten, smooth, or put into place or shape with light blows
3 : to tap or stroke gently with the hand to soothe, caress, or show approval

intransitive verb

: to strike or beat gently

pat

adjective

Definition of pat (Entry 4 of 6)

1a : exactly suited to the purpose or occasion : apt
b : suspiciously appropriate : contrived a pat ending
2 : learned, mastered, or memorized exactly
4 : reduced to a simple or mechanical form : standard, trite pat answers

Definition of pat (Entry 5 of 6)

patent

Definition of PAT (Entry 6 of 6)

point after touchdown

Examples of pat in a Sentence

Noun She gave the dog a quick pat. Adverb after months of practicing for the competition, the cheerleaders have their moves down pat Verb The child gently patted the dog's head. He patted my knee and told me everything would be fine. He patted his hair down. She patted the dough into a square. He patted the lettuce dry with a paper towel. Adjective The movie's pat ending was a disappointment. His explanation was too pat to be believable.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Someone, please, just give this guy a pat on the head. Ali Barthwell, Vulture, 23 Dec. 2021 Frain said the system will reduce the need for bag checks and pat-downs. Lorraine Mirabella, baltimoresun.com, 8 Dec. 2021 This earns Tom a pat on the back from Logan, foreshadowing their body language in the finale. Rebecca Alter, Vulture, 14 Dec. 2021 Security required less than 10 minutes to get through, even with a pat-down. Blane Bachelor, CNN, 11 Dec. 2021 Noonan watched Bubbles step indifferently into a cowpat the size of a dinner plate, his boot heel leaving an oozing bite mark in the pat’s crust. Colin Barrett, The New Yorker, 6 Dec. 2021 Brush the bottom and side of the skillet with the fat left in it (add a pat or two of butter if there’s not enough). Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, 10 Nov. 2021 Seasoned simply with salt and pepper and grilled to medium-rare, the steak rests for a full 25 minutes before being topped with a pat of butter and crunchy sea salt and brought out to the table. Stacey Lastoe, Robb Report, 4 Nov. 2021 Start your day like a kookaburra ... with a little conversation and a little head pat. Aj Willingham, CNN, 16 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb The 2016 draft was the last time the Bengals stayed pat through all seven rounds. Tyler Dragon, Cincinnati.com, 21 Apr. 2020 To use, soak the disc about 15 minutes, pat dry, and snap in place. Jean Kressy, BostonGlobe.com, 2 Sep. 2019 Drain onions, pat dry, and add to tomatoes along with the parsley, dill, and mint. Christopher Kimball, BostonGlobe.com, 17 July 2019 When the grill is nice and hot, pat dry the scallops with a paper towel. Multiple Authors, House Beautiful, 1 May 2010 Using a slotted spoon, transfer asparagus to a bowl of ice water to cool; pat dry. Bon Appetit, 14 May 2018 Remove the small side muscle from the scallops, rinse with cold water and thoroughly pat dry. Fox News, 14 Feb. 2018 The use of police pat-downs declined as a result starting in late 2015, according to Cassell and Fowles. Salvador Rizzo, Washington Post, 14 May 2018 The use of police pat-downs declined as a result starting in late 2015, according to Cassell and Fowles. Salvador Rizzo, chicagotribune.com, 14 May 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Duda spots Opal and takes the opportunity to pat her as well. Nara Schoenberg, chicagotribune.com, 17 Dec. 2021 Same for when Simon ordered everybody to rub their stomachs and pat their heads at the same time. Tom Orsborn, San Antonio Express-News, 14 Dec. 2021 If the room feels calm and relatively neat, pat yourself on the back. Washington Post, 21 Dec. 2021 Millions of Americans can pat themselves on the back for keeping their finances under control throughout the uncertain economic climate of the past year and a half. Russ Wiles, The Arizona Republic, 8 Nov. 2021 Remove the pork from the marinade (reserve the marinade) and pat the meat dry. Washington Post, 27 Oct. 2021 Next, coat the bottom of a casserole dish with butter, place the potatoes in, and pat more butter up on top. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, 23 Nov. 2021 The man gave police permission to pat him down for weapons. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, 29 Oct. 2021 Just use your finger to pat on a warm brown shade like Glossier Monochromes in Mesa and slick on some mascara. Bella Cacciatore, Glamour, 26 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective This seems to me a pat way of playing down what’s been happening over the last several years. New York Times, 29 Nov. 2021 These aren’t times for a pat discussion about resilience. Tracy Brower, Forbes, 8 Nov. 2021 Fred Armisen and Jimmy Fallon did a little shtick at the top of this interview, pretending to rehearse their pat talk-show conversation. Bethy Squires, Vulture, 5 Nov. 2021 The Blue Jays were within three games of a wild-card berth, Anthopoulos stayed pat, and fell out of the race. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, 27 Oct. 2021 McHugh’s conclusions can be too pat, and her analysis occasionally lacks rigor. Barbara Spindel, The Christian Science Monitor, 16 July 2021 Blue-chip hearts at MoMa, the Met, the opera, and Lincoln Center go pitter-pat these days over gifts of the eight- and nine-figure type. Brian T. Allen, National Review, 9 Oct. 2021 But the DuBois idea seems a little too metaphysical and pat. Lance Morrow, WSJ, 8 Oct. 2021 All are risk-taking in form, defying pat genre labels. New York Times, 29 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of pat

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adverb

1578, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1533, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Adjective

1631, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for pat

Noun

Middle English patte, probably of imitative origin

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The first known use of pat was in the 15th century

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20 Jan 2022

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“Pat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pat. Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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More Definitions for pat

pat

noun

English Language Learners Definition of pat

 (Entry 1 of 4)

: an act of lightly touching someone or something with your hand to show affection or approval
: a small, flat, usually square piece of something (such as butter)

pat

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of pat (Entry 2 of 4)

: learned completely or perfectly

pat

verb

English Language Learners Definition of pat (Entry 3 of 4)

: to lightly touch (someone or something) with your hand usually several times in order to show affection or approval or to provide comfort
: to flatten, smooth, or shape (something) by lightly pressing on it with your hand
: to lightly press (something) several times until it is dry

pat

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of pat (Entry 4 of 4)

: said or done without any real thought or effort to be truthful or original

pat

verb
\ ˈpat How to pronounce pat (audio) \
patted; patting

Kids Definition of pat

 (Entry 1 of 4)

: to tap or stroke gently with an open hand He patted the dog.

pat

noun

Kids Definition of pat (Entry 2 of 4)

1 : a light tap with an open hand She gave me a pat on the head.
2 : the sound of a pat or tap
3 : a small flat piece (as of butter)

pat

adjective
patter; pattest

Kids Definition of pat (Entry 3 of 4)

1 : learned perfectly I had my lines in the play down pat.
2 : exactly suitable a pat answer
3 : not changing He stood pat against all arguments.

pat.

abbreviation

Kids Definition of pat.

patent

PAT

abbreviation

Medical Definition of PAT

paroxysmal atrial tachycardia

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