Caress synonyms

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A throb or beat, as of the heart.
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A quality of an object experienced by touch.
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To touch or stroke (someone), often inappropriately, in making sexual advances
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To treat with fondness, as if a child; to fondle; to toy with; to pet.
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To lie half-hidden or in shelter.
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To give a massage to.
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(Of an action, etc.) Characterised by or proceeding from affection; indicating love; tender.
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Pertaining to love; amorous.
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To be overindulgent with; give in easily to the wishes of; coddle
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To cradle in one's arms so as to give comfort, warmth.
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An embracing; hug
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To rub or push against gently with or as if with the nose or snout:
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A mild attack:
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(Dated) To treat as a pet; to fondle; to indulge.
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Play, especially with or as with a toy
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To behave toward; treat
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To touch lightly in passing; brush.
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To hold or draw close or in a comfortable position; cuddle; nestle
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To keep close to
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To touch or caress with the lips as an expression of affection, greeting, respect, or amorousness.
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To move (one's hand, a cloth, etc.) over, or spread or apply (polish, etc.) on or over, a surface or object in this way
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The definition of a brush is a tool with bristles on a handle, the process of using such a tool or the act of lightly sweeping something.
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To cook (esp. eggs in the shell) gently by heating in water not quite at boiling temperature
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To pamper.
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To handle (something) clumsily or roughly
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To discern; to manage to see, hear etc. [from 16th c.]
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(Idiomatic) To grope someone in a sexual manner.
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Spoon is defined as to cuddle with one person wrapped around the other, as two spoons nest when stacked.
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To keep away from; to keep clear of; to endeavor not to meet; to shun; to abstain from.
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To discontinue the use of a drug or other substance, especially one that is addictive.
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To drive back; repel, as an attack
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To move or sound rhythmically; throb, pulsate, vibrate, tick, etc.
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To feel devotion to (God or a god).
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Inspiring love or affection, in a childlike way.
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(Informal) To handle with great care
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To allure; to decoy.
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​(intransitive) To play at courtship; to talk with teasing affection, to insinuate sexual attraction in a playful (especially conversational) way. [from 18th c.]
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Indulge is defined as to give into a desire.
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To play or trifle (with a thing, an idea, etc.)
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To put out of breath; to cause to blow from fatigue.
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To perform (a shot or maneuver) successfully:
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To entwine about; cling to
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To kiss and caress amorously.
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Synonym Study

  • Dandle implies the showing of playful affection toward a child by moving him or her up and down lightly on the knee
  • Cuddle implies affectionate handling, as of a small child by its mother, by pressing or drawing close within the arms
  • Pet , as applied generally, implies treatment with special affection and indulgence, including gentle patting and stroking, but informally it refers to indulgence, esp. by young couples, in hugging, kissing, and amorous caresses
  • Fondle implies a more demonstrative show of love or affection, as by stroking or hugging, or may connote touching or stroking in making sexual advances
  • Caress refers to a display of affection by gentle stroking or touching
Find another word for caress. In this page you can discover 49 synonyms, antonyms, idiomatic expressions, and related words for caress, like: stroke, feel, fondle, dandle, nestle, massage, affectionate, amative, pamper, cuddle and pat.