There are 3 definitions of pet in English:

pet1

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Pronunciation: /pɛt
 
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noun

1A domestic or tamed animal or bird kept for companionship or pleasure: the pony was a family pet [as modifier]: a pet cat
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  • Now, the centre is home to a whole range of animals, including domestic pets like cats and dogs.
  • Both domestic animals and pets have important roles in our lives.
  • Be aware that injured animals, even tame pets will bite savagely if given a chance.
1.1A person treated with special favour or affection: she is the pet of the family [as modifier]: I found the chairs at my pet antiques dealer in Cannes
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  • Masson may have called MacKinnon ‘Kitty,’ but it is clear who was the pet in that relationship.
  • [She was] not exactly the teachers' pet, but she did respect the teachers.
Synonyms
favourite, darling, the apple of one's eye, idol
British informal blue-eyed boy/girl
North American informal fair-haired boy/girl
1.2 [as modifier] Treated with special attention or evoking particularly strong feelings: another of her pet projects was the arts centre my pet hate is woodwork
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  • He also emerged as a stern critic of Mr McCreevy's Special Savings Investment Scheme pet project.
  • Individuals, not a political party, will be called to account by the courts for misdeeds committed under the auspices of his wayward pet project.
  • Even then they still spoke every week, usually about their shared passion - computers - or Mark's pet hate, and Chris's new love - jazz.
1.3British Used as an affectionate form of address: don’t cry, pet, it’s all right
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  • I'd like you to choose a card, my pet, and then read out what it says and tell the studio audience and our viewers at home what act you'll be performing for us this evening in our star turn final.
  • Ask them to help you cross the road, or to take you down to the post office, or to put the kettle on, pet.
  • And when you have something to say that comes anywhere near an opinion, keep it to yourself, pet!

verb (pets, petting, petted)

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1Stroke or pat (an animal) affectionately: the cats came to be petted
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  • Joann tried to keep herself from laughing when she noticed the raven's look, meanwhile continuing to pet the mare, stroking the animal's chestnut hip.
  • The Prince started to pet his horse, stroking the hair gently with almost some humanity.
  • She pet her cat affectionately and turned on the TV while she waited for Brett to come home from work.
Synonyms
1.1Treat (someone) with affection or favouritism; pamper: I was cosseted and petted and never shouted at
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  • She said that at the end of the school day Jack makes his way to the playground where he is petted and spoilt by the children.
  • Ian's eyes opened lethargically, Susan said nothing and Geneva did not cease gawking at him, Calypso jumped from her arms after Geneva stopped petting her.
  • He takes a look towards his mother, who is fuming, but petting Jeremy on the head.
Synonyms
1.2 [no object] Engage in sexually stimulating caressing and touching: couples necking and petting in cars
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  • It all depends on what the intentions are and if there are also other things going on like: kissing, petting, romantic conversation, or commitments involved.
  • They reported a significant increase in sexual activity, such as kissing and petting, among male participants when compared with the control group.
  • From kissing in the back stalls of the local picture theatre, they graduated to petting on the front seats of parked cars.
Synonyms
kiss and cuddle, kiss, cuddle, embrace, caress
British informal snog
North American informal make out, get it on, play kissy-face
informal , dated spoon

Origin

early 16th century (as a noun; originally Scots and northern English): of unknown origin.

Derivatives

petter

noun

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pet2

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Pronunciation: /pɛt
 
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noun

[in singular]
A fit of sulking or ill humour: Mother’s in a pet
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  • Women get all in a pet that Sorenstam doesn't receive the adulation Tiger Woods does.
Synonyms
bad mood, mood, bad temper, temper, sulk, fit of the sulks, ill temper, ill humour, fit of pique, huff, tantrum
informal grump
British informal paddy, strop
North American informal blowout, hissy fit
British informal , dated bate, wax
archaic paddywhack, miff, the pouts

Origin

late 16th century: of unknown origin.

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There are 3 definitions of pet in English:

PET3

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Pronunciation: /piːiːˈtiː
 
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abbreviation

1Polyethylene terephthalate.
1.1Positron emission tomography, a form of tomography used especially for brain scans.

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