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ca·ress

caress

 
pronunciation:
k res
parts of speech:
noun, verb
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part of speech: noun
definition: a soft or gentle touch that shows love or affection.
The little girl missed her father's caresses.
synonyms:
embrace, hug, touch
similar words:
fondling, kiss, massage, pat, rub
 
part of speech: verb
inflections: caresses, caressing, caressed
definition: to touch or stroke gently with love or affection.
The father took the crying boy in his arms and caressed him.
synonyms:
cuddle, embrace, fondle, hug, pet, stroke
similar words:
nestle, nuzzle, pat, snuggle, touch
derivations: caressingly (adv.), caresser (n.)
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