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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.

verb (used with object)

to touch or pat gently to show affection.
to touch, stroke, etc., lightly, as if in affection: The breeze caressed the trees.
to treat with favor, kindness, etc.
1 pat, fondling, hug.

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Origin of caress

1605–15; <French caresse<Italian carezza<Vulgar Latin *caritia, equivalent to Latin cār(us) dear + -itia suffix of abstract nouns; cf. charity
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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
caresser, nouncaressingly, adverb
C17: from French caresse, from Italian carezza, from Latin cārus dear
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