pet

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noun (1)

1
a
: 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

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adjective

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

pet

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verb (1)

petted; petting

transitive verb

1
a
: 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
petter noun

pet

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noun (2)

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

pet

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verb (2)

petted; petting

intransitive verb

: to take offense : sulk

pet

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abbreviation (1)

petroleum

Pet

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abbreviation (2)

Peter

PET

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abbreviation (3)

positron-emission tomography

Examples of pet in a Sentence

Noun (1) the teacher's pet was always getting special privileges Adjective The mayor's pet project has been the construction of a new high school. spent my free time on my pet project Verb (1) a cat who loves to be petted Noun (2) the teenager stalked off in a pet after being refused permission to go the movies
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
The monitor lizard rescued from Loop 101 Wednesday was a Scottsdale man's pet that escaped from its enclosure during a storm two weeks ago. Axios Phoenix, Axios, 12 July 2024 Everything is expensive right now, and owning a pet has kind of become a luxury. Claire Reid, Journal Sentinel, 10 July 2024
Adjective
Plus: The nonprofit shelter is reminding pet owners that there are seven pet food banks offering free dog and cat food across Pinellas County. Kathryn Varn, Axios, 12 July 2024 Do not leave pet food in dishes and dispose of garbage in trash cans with tight-fitting lids. Rey Covarrubias Jr., The Arizona Republic, 12 July 2024
Verb
In one photo, the Kansas City Current co-owner reached over a fence to gently pet a cow. Gabrielle Rockson, Peoplemag, 5 July 2024 The center benefits non-owners too in ways that are hard to quantify, Meeker said, noting how members of the public come in just to observe the horse trainers, and how riders will welcome people to pet their horses. Karen Garcia, Los Angeles Times, 2 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for pet 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun (1)

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

Noun (2)

origin unknown

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of pet was in 1508

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Cite this Entry

“Pet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pet. Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

pet

1 of 4 noun
1
: someone given special treatment or consideration
teacher's pet
2
: a tame animal kept for pleasure rather than for use

pet

2 of 4 adjective
1
: kept or treated as a pet
a pet rabbit
2
: showing fondness
a pet name
3
: favorite entry 2
my pet project

pet

3 of 4 verb
petted; petting
1
2
: to treat as a pet : pamper
3
: to engage in embracing, caressing, and kissing

pet

4 of 4 noun
: a spell of sulkiness or anger

Medical Definition

PET

abbreviation
positron-emission tomography

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