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

pat

abbreviation (1)

Definition of pat (Entry 5 of 6)

patent

PAT

abbreviation (2)

Definition of PAT (Entry 6 of 6)

point after touchdown

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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

Ghost will forever be a good boy and deserves all of the best pats and belly rubs that Jon can give him. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Jon Snow Petted Ghost in the Game of Thrones Finale and Nothing Else Matters," 20 May 2019 Wenger deserves a standing ovation in his final game, a pat on the back for turning away suitors like Real Madrid and PSG in his prime. SI.com, "Why It's the Right Time for Arsène Wenger to Leave Arsenal," 20 Apr. 2018 Put a pat of butter in the sauce right at the end of the cooking. Sam Sifton, New York Times, "The Best Beef and Broccoli, No Delivery Required," 4 Apr. 2018 Jones has her pre, in-flight, and post-flying routines down pat. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "I’m a Flight Attendant — This Is Every Step of My Daily Beauty Routine," 8 May 2019 There was the groping by a boy that landed him congratulatory pats on the back from friends. Rainesford Stauffer, Teen Vogue, "This Teen Is Trying to Stop Sexual Harassment in Schools After Conducting a Nationwide Survey," 8 May 2019 If that’s true, your body deserves a hearty pat on the back. Korin Miller, SELF, "Can You Sneeze With Your Eyes Open?," 22 Mar. 2019 The cheese is fresh-tasting, slightly tangy and fluffy, the opposite of a smothering mozzarella-blanket, and enriched with both a bright-yellow egg yolk and a pat of melting butter. Bethany Jean Clement, The Seattle Times, "Feels like family: Seattle’s Dacha Diner might be your new favorite place," 29 Mar. 2019 Ovechkin received a message of good luck and a pat on the chest from Sidney Crosby, while Trotz got to enjoy a happy moment with longtime coaching friend Jacques Martin. Stephen Whyno, baltimoresun.com, "Ovechkin, Trotz are in new territory with Capitals in conference finals," 9 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

When the grill is nice and hot, pat dry the scallops with a paper towel. Multiple Authors, House Beautiful, "The Sea Grill's Grilled Day Boat Sea Scallops," 1 May 2010 Using a slotted spoon, transfer asparagus to a bowl of ice water to cool; pat dry. Bon Appetit, "Miso-Tahini Noodles with Asparagus and Tofu," 14 May 2018 Remove the small side muscle from the scallops, rinse with cold water and thoroughly pat dry. Fox News, "Chef Mark Bailey's Last-Minute Romantic Valentine's Day Dinner!," 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, "Jeff Sessions’s claim that an ACLU settlement with Chicago caused murders to spike," 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, "Jeff Sessions' claim that an ACLU settlement with Chicago caused murders to spike," 14 May 2018 Once pork is room temperature, pat dry thoroughly with paper towels. Amiel Stanek, Bon Appetit, "Cider-Braised Pork Shoulder with Butternut Squash," 19 Mar. 2018 Going inside waistbands is not normal pat-down procedure, THP training commanders said, according to the News Sentinel. Gregg Re, Fox News, "Cop who allegedly groped, pursued female motorist to receive oral counseling: report," 8 Mar. 2018 Rinse chicken inside and out; pat dry with paper towels. Joanne Kempinger Demski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Spice savvy: These 7 trendy seasonings will add pizzazz to your cooking," 27 Feb. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Plus, the pump allows the product to foam up on your hands — who doesn’t love patting bubbles on their cheeks? Meagan Fredette, Teen Vogue, "Does KylieSkin Care Live Up To The Hype?," 22 May 2019 Innovators deserve praise, but back-patting just reinforces the false sense of activism this segment of the industry is so often accused of. Emily Farra, Vogue, "Can Technology Save Us? The Key Takeaways From the Copenhagen Fashion Summit," 20 May 2019 Gently pat your eggs dry with a paper towel and place on a smooth surface to prevent the transfer of a pattern or texture. Country Living, "How to Make Shaving Cream Easter Eggs for Your Most Colorful Holiday Yet," 15 Mar. 2019 Ysabelle demonstrates how to cover blemishes with Match Stix and gently pats her concealer in with a makeup brush to camouflage any zits. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Woman Flawlessly Covers Her Acne Using Entirely Fenty Beauty Makeup," 22 May 2018 Roll each oyster in the cornmeal mixture to thoroughly coat, patting the coating in to cover completely. Ann Maloney, NOLA.com, "Grab a cookbook and join chef Kevin Belton in his new TV show," 3 Apr. 2018 Carefully rinse the vinegar off of the eggs and pat dry before continuing. 2. Country Living, "How to Make Shaving Cream Easter Eggs for Your Most Colorful Holiday Yet," 15 Mar. 2019 Drain, pat dry with a clean kitchen towel and cut slices into quarters. 2. Melissa Clark, The Seattle Times, "How to make sheet-pan suppers without the meat," 1 Oct. 2018 Transfer to a bowl of ice water to cool, then drain and pat dry. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Summer Bean, Corn, and Radish Salad," 25 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Tuck the legs back and pat turkey dry with paper towels. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "How to Perfectly Prepare and Roast a Turkey This Thanksgiving," 20 Nov. 2018 The Warriors, winners of three of the last four championships, could have stayed pat and would still be overwhelming favorites to bring home another Larry O'Brien trophy. Scooby Axson, SI.com, "NBA Free Agency Rumors: Cousins Headed to Warriors; Avery Bradley Re–Signs With Clippers," 3 July 2018 Gently pat one half into a 2-inch-thick disc, working quickly to seal any broken edges. Lisa Ludwinski, WSJ, "Pies That Bind: Thanksgiving Recipes From the Heartland," 15 Nov. 2018 Meanwhile, pat steaks dry with a paper towel, then rub with paprika and 1/2 tsp each salt and pepper; shake off any excess. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Smoked Paprika Steak and Lentils with Spinach," 19 Dec. 2018 Meanwhile, pat sirloin steak dry and season with salt and pepper. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Asian Steak Noodle Bowl," 28 Nov. 2018 Lightly pat broccoli rabe dry and gently wring out as much water as possible. Aleksandra Crapanzano, WSJ, "6 Fresh Takes on Pesto," 3 Aug. 2018 Despite its roots in real-world suffering, this adaptation of Khaled Hosseini's best-selling novel feels strangely uncomplicated, and uncomfortably pat. Brendan Kiley, The Seattle Times, "For all its horrors, ‘A Thousand Splendid Suns’ at Seattle Rep feels uncomfortably comforting," 15 Oct. 2018 Drain well and pat dry. 2 Meanwhile, heat a griddle or nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot. Jeanmarie Brownson, chicagotribune.com, "How to grill steak to perfection — it's all about controlling the heat," 5 June 2018

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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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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)

disapproving : 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 the open hand He stopped to pat the dog.

pat

noun

Kids Definition of pat (Entry 2 of 4)

1 : a light tap with the open hand or a flat instrument 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.

Kids Definition of pat.

patent

Medical Definition of PAT

paroxysmal atrial tachycardia

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