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pet

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noun \ˈpet\

Definition of pet

  1. 1 a :  a pampered and usually spoiled child b :  a person who is treated with unusual kindness or consideration :  darling

  2. 2 :  a domesticated animal kept for pleasure rather than utility

Origin and Etymology of pet

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


First Known Use: 1508

Other Animal Husbandry Terms


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pet

adjective

Definition of pet

  1. 1 :  kept or treated as a pet

  2. 2 :  expressing fondness or endearment <a pet name>

  3. 3 :  favorite <a pet project>

Examples of pet in a sentence

  1. The mayor's pet project has been the construction of a new high school.

  2. <spent my free time on my pet project>

1584

First Known Use of pet

1584

Other Animal Husbandry Terms


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pet

verb

Definition of pet

petted

petting

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to treat as a pet b :  to stroke in a gentle or loving manner

  3. 2 :  to treat with unusual kindness and consideration :  pamper

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to engage in amorous embracing, caressing, and kissing :  neck

petter

noun

1629

First Known Use of pet

1629


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pet

noun

Definition of pet

  1. :  a fit of peevishness, sulkiness, or anger

Origin and Etymology of pet

origin unknown


First Known Use: 1581


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pet

verb

Definition of pet

petted

petting

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to take offense :  sulk

1629

First Known Use of pet

1629


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pet

abbreviation

Definition of pet

  1. petroleum

Other Chemical Engineering Terms


Pet

abbreviation

Definition of Pet

  1. Peter


PET

abbreviation

Definition of PET

  1. positron-emission tomography



PET Defined for English Language Learners


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pet

adjective

Definition of pet for English Language Learners

  • : very interesting or important to a particular person


PET Defined for Kids

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pet

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noun \ˈpet\

Definition of pet for Students

  1. 1 :  a tame animal kept as a companion rather than for work

  2. 2 :  a person who is treated with special kindness or consideration <teacher's pet>


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pet

play
adjective

Definition of pet for Students

  1. 1 :  kept or treated as a pet <a pet rabbit>

  2. 2 :  showing fondness <a pet name>

  3. 3 :  2favorite <Restoring the old car is my pet project.>


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pet

play
verb

Definition of pet for Students

petted

petting

  1. :  to stroke or pat gently or lovingly


Medical Dictionary

PET

abbreviation

Medical Definition of PET

  1. positron-emission tomography



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