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caress

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Pronunciation: /kəˈrɛs
 
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Definition of caress in English:

verb

[with object]
Touch or stroke gently or lovingly: she caressed the girl’s forehead figurative a gentle breeze caressed his skin (as adjective caressing) his caressing touch
More example sentences
  • When he finally reached it he touched its snow white feathers and caressed it gently.
  • She was dressed in pale pink silk, her gown gently caressing the floor and her head adorned with a dainty, bejewelled crown.
  • He smiled at me and pulled me to him, stroking my hair and caressing my face.
Synonyms
stroke, touch, fondle, brush, skim, pet, pat, nuzzle, kiss;
cuddle, embrace, hug

noun

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A gentle or loving touch: she felt the caress of his breath on her cheek
More example sentences
  • With a caress far more gentle than any silk, he touched her tiny lips with his fingers after he lay her back down in the crib.
  • She turned back to face him, as she felt his hand on her shoulder, his touch as light as the gentle caress of a flower.
  • A soft sound, maybe a laugh, then fingers touched the nape of my neck in a gentle caress.
Synonyms
stroke, stroking, touch, touching, fondle, fondling, skim, pat, nuzzle, nuzzling, kiss;
cuddle, embrace, hug

Origin

mid 17th century: from French caresser (verb), caresse (noun), from Italian carezza, based on Latin carus 'dear'.

Derivatives

caressingly

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adverb
Example sentences
  • He ran his fingers caressingly over his hair again.
  • The serviceable yet soft material fell over her skin caressingly.
  • I watch as he slides one hand vertically along the desk - slowly, caressingly.

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