pet

noun (1)
\ ˈpet How to pronounce pet (audio) \

Definition of pet

 (Entry 1 of 8)

1a : a pampered and usually spoiled child
b : a person who is treated with unusual kindness or consideration : darling
2 : a domesticated animal kept for pleasure rather than utility

pet

adjective

Definition of pet (Entry 2 of 8)

1 : kept or treated as a pet
2 : expressing fondness or endearment a pet name
3 : favorite a pet project

pet

verb (1)
petted; petting

Definition of pet (Entry 3 of 8)

transitive verb

1a : to treat as a pet
b : to stroke in a gentle or loving manner
2 : to treat with unusual kindness and consideration : pamper

intransitive verb

: to engage in amorous embracing, caressing, and kissing : neck

pet

noun (2)

Definition of pet (Entry 4 of 8)

: a fit of peevishness, sulkiness, or anger usually used in the phrase in a pet resigned in a pet

pet

verb (2)
petted; petting

Definition of pet (Entry 5 of 8)

intransitive verb

: to take offense : sulk

Definition of pet (Entry 6 of 8)

petroleum

Definition of Pet (Entry 7 of 8)

Peter

Definition of PET (Entry 8 of 8)

positron-emission tomography

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Other Words from pet

Verb (1)

petter noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for pet

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of pet in a Sentence

Adjective The mayor's pet project has been the construction of a new high school. spent my free time on my pet project

First Known Use of pet

Noun (1)

1508, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

1584, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (1)

1629, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun (2)

1581, in the meaning defined above

Verb (2)

1629, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pet

Noun (1)

perhaps back-formation from Middle English pety small — more at petty

Noun (2)

origin unknown

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“Pet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pet. Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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More Definitions for pet

pet

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of pet

: very interesting or important to a particular person

pet

noun
\ ˈpet How to pronounce pet (audio) \

Kids Definition of pet

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a tame animal kept as a companion rather than for work
2 : a person who is treated with special kindness or consideration teacher's pet

pet

adjective

Kids Definition of pet (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : kept or treated as a pet a pet rabbit
2 : showing fondness a pet name
3 : favorite entry 2 Restoring the old car is my pet project.

pet

verb
petted; petting

Kids Definition of pet (Entry 3 of 3)

: to stroke or pat gently or lovingly

Medical Definition of PET

positron-emission tomography

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