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pat1

pat1

 
 
pronunciation:
paet
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb, noun
phrases:
pat (someone) on the back
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: pats, patted, patting
definition 1: to strike or tap lightly with something flat, esp. the open palm or fingers, as to mold or shape.
synonyms:
tap
similar words:
cake, caress, chuck, clap, dab, fondle, pet, stroke, touch
definition 2: to tap lightly with the open hand, as to show affection to.
similar words:
chuck, tap
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to tap something, esp. with the open hand.
similar words:
dab, tap
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phrase: pat (someone) on the back
 
part of speech: noun
definition 1: a light tap or stroke with the open hand or a flat object.
synonyms:
tap
similar words:
caress, chuck, chunk, clap, dab, daub, rap, slap, smear, spank, stroke
definition 2: a small flat piece of some moldable substance, esp. butter.
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