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caress

[ kuh-res ]
/ kəˈrɛs /
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noun
an act or gesture expressing affection, as an embrace or kiss, especially a light stroking or touching.
a light and gentle touch or stroke, or something that passes lightly over a person or thing: Let the gentle caresses of the music carry your worries away.
verb (used with object)
to touch, pat, or stroke gently to show affection.
to touch or seem to touch lightly: The breeze caressed the trees.
to treat with favor, kindness, etc.

OTHER WORDS FOR caress

1 pat, fondling, hug.
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Origin of caress

First recorded in 1605–15; from French caresse, from Italian carezza, from unattested Vulgar Latin caritia, equivalent to Latin cār(us) “dear” + -itia suffix of abstract nouns; cf. charity

OTHER WORDS FROM caress

ca·ress·a·ble, adjectiveca·ress·er, nounun·ca·ressed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for caress

caress
/ (kəˈrɛs) /

noun
a gentle touch or embrace, esp one given to show affection
verb
(tr) to touch or stroke gently with affection or as with affectionthe wind caressed her face

Derived forms of caress

caresser, nouncaressingly, adverb

Word Origin for caress

C17: from French caresse, from Italian carezza, from Latin cārus dear
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