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.
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.
- ca·ress·a·ble, adjective
- ca·ress·er, noun
- un·ca·ressed, adjective
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How to use caress in a sentence
For a majority of the music video, Gaga rocks a leather-glove bandeau that at points moves and caresses her breasts.
He described opium as “an old and terrible lover and, like all lovers, overflowing with caresses—and betrayals.”
The three live above a blind poet (Richard E. Grant), who cries as he caresses the books he could once see.
Her Mary Rose had adorable shy movements, caresses, intonations, wistfulnesses.
Such kisses thou shalt have of meAs the pale moon-rays give, And cold caresses of the snakes,That in the trenches live.Charles Baudelaire, His Life | Thophile Gautier
Seldom did he speak of love, and I remember me of no caresses save a kiss night and morning.Balsamo, The Magician | Alexander Dumas
I took him up in my arms, and he threw his little hands about my neck, and lavished on me the tenderest caresses.My Ten Years' Imprisonment | Silvio Pellico
The caresses of harlots and the jests of buffoons regulated the policy of the state.English: Composition and Literature | W. F. (William Franklin) Webster
British Dictionary definitions for caress
a gentle touch or embrace, esp one given to show affection
(tr) to touch or stroke gently with affection or as with affection: the wind caressed her face
- caresser, noun
- caressingly, adverb
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