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pat

noun \ ˈpat \
Updated on: 21 Nov 2017

Definition of pat

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

Examples of pat in a Sentence

  1. She gave the dog a quick pat.

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Origin and Etymology of pat

Middle English patte, probably of imitative origin


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pat

adverb

Definition of pat

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

Examples of pat in a Sentence

  1. after months of practicing for the competition, the cheerleaders have their moves down pat

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First Known Use of pat

1578


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pat

verb

Definition of pat

patted; patting
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

Examples of pat in a Sentence

  1. The child gently patted the dog's head.

  2. He patted my knee and told me everything would be fine.

  3. He patted his hair down.

  4. She patted the dough into a square.

  5. He patted the lettuce dry with a paper towel.

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First Known Use of pat

1533


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pat

adjective

Definition of pat

1 a :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

Examples of pat in a Sentence

  1. The movie's pat ending was a disappointment.

  2. His explanation was too pat to be believable.

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First Known Use of pat

1631


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pat

abbreviation

Definition of pat

patent

PAT

abbreviation

Definition of PAT

point after touchdown

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PAT Defined for English Language Learners

pat

noun

Definition of pat for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of pat for English Language Learners

  • : learned completely or perfectly


pat

verb

Definition of pat for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of pat for English Language Learners

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


PAT Defined for Kids

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pat

verb \ ˈpat \

Definition of pat for Students

patted; patting
:to tap or stroke gently with the open hand
  • He stopped to pat the dog.

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pat

noun

Definition of pat for Students

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)

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pat

adjective

Definition of pat for Students

patter; pattest
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

Definition of pat. for Students

patent

Medical Dictionary

PAT

abbreviation

medical Definition of PAT

paroxysmal atrial tachycardia


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