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To handle, stroke, or touch lovingly.
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  1. To handle, stroke, or touch lovingly.
  2. To touch or stroke (someone), often inappropriately, in making sexual advances
  3. To stroke or handle (someone or something) in a tender and loving way; caress
Eager acceptance:
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  1. Eager acceptance:
  2. An act of holding close with the arms, usually as an expression of affection; a hug.
  3. Hug (noun); putting arms around someone.
The sound so produced.
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  1. The sound so produced.
  2. The sound of striking, as of a clock
  3. A single effort to do, produce, or accomplish something, esp. a successful effort
A sensation caused by touching, esp. one that is characteristic of a particular substance or texture; tactile quality; feel
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  1. A sensation caused by touching, esp. one that is characteristic of a particular substance or texture; tactile quality; feel
  2. A characteristic way of doing things:
  3. A sensation experienced in touching something with a characteristic texture:
The nature of a thing as perceived through touch
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  1. The nature of a thing as perceived through touch
  2. The sense of touch
  3. Intuitive awareness or natural ability:
To stroke or pat (now, esp., an animal) affectionately
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  1. To stroke or pat (now, esp., an animal) affectionately
  2. To be in a pet; sulk
  3. (Informal) To kiss, embrace, fondle, etc., passionately in mutual sexual stimulation
To rub lightly with or as if with the hand or something held in the hand; caress.
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  1. To rub lightly with or as if with the hand or something held in the hand; caress.
  2. To hit or propel (a ball, for example) with a smoothly regulated swing.
  3. (Informal) To behave attentively or flatteringly toward (someone), especially in order to restore confidence or gain cooperation.
To nestle; snuggle:
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  1. To nestle; snuggle:
  2. To hold lovingly and gently in one's arms; embrace and fondle
  3. To cradle in one's arms so as to give comfort, warmth.
To clasp in the arms with affection; to take in the arms; to hug.
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  1. To clasp in the arms with affection; to take in the arms; to hug.
  2. To clasp in the arms, usually as an expression of affection or desire; hug
  3. (Law) To try illegally to influence or instruct (a jury)
To pamper; indulge
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  1. To pamper; indulge
  2. To pamper or pet.
  3. To move (a small child) up and down on the knees or in the arms in a playful way.
To root or move with the snout.
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  1. To root or move with the snout.
  2. To push or rub with the nose, etc. against or into something
  3. (Of animals, lovers, etc) To touch someone or something with the nose.
Play, especially with or as with a toy
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  1. Play, especially with or as with a toy
  2. Handle something in a careless or frivolous manner (toying with someone's feelings)
To manage, administer to, or represent:
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  1. To manage, administer to, or represent:
  2. To act or function in a given way while in operation:
  3. To manage, operate, or use with the hand or hands; manipulate
To put livestock to feed on (growing grass, herbage, etc.)
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  1. To put livestock to feed on (growing grass, herbage, etc.)
  2. To tend (feeding livestock)
  3. To scrape, touch, or rub lightly against something in passing
To lie closely and comfortably; nestle; cuddle, as for warmth, in affection, etc.
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  1. To lie closely and comfortably; nestle; cuddle, as for warmth, in affection, etc.
  2. To lie or press close together; cuddle.
  3. To hold or draw close or in a comfortable position; cuddle; nestle
To put the arms around and hold closely; esp., to embrace tightly and affectionately
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  1. To put the arms around and hold closely; esp., to embrace tightly and affectionately
  2. (Figuratively) To hold fast; to cling to; to cherish.
  3. To embrace by holding closely, especially in the arms.
To touch lightly or gently
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  1. To touch lightly or gently
  2. To come into light contact.
  3. To give a kiss to (a person or thing); touch or caress with the lips
(Archaic) To build or live in a nest
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  1. (Archaic) To build or live in a nest
  2. To draw or press close, as in affection; snuggle:
  3. To rest or press (a baby, one's head, etc.) in a snug, affectionate manner
To force, cause to go, etc. (in, into, etc.) by rubbing
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  1. To force, cause to go, etc. (in, into, etc.) by rubbing
  2. To be transferred or removed by contact or proximity:
  3. To move (a thing) against something else, or move (things) over each other with pressure and friction
To manipulate (data, a document etc.) to make it more presentable or more convenient to work with.
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  1. To manipulate (data, a document etc.) to make it more presentable or more convenient to work with.
  2. To treat by means of a massage.
  3. To give a massage to
To go over lightly, as with a brush
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  1. To go over lightly, as with a brush
  2. To move so as to push lightly aside, skim, or graze past something
  3. To use a brush on; clean, polish, paint, smooth, etc. with a brush
To cook (esp. eggs in the shell) gently by heating in water not quite at boiling temperature
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  1. To cook (esp. eggs in the shell) gently by heating in water not quite at boiling temperature
  2. To treat indulgently; baby.
  3. To treat (someone) with more care or concern than is required or regarded as appropriate; be overindulgent toward; cosset; pamper
To pamper.
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  1. To pamper.
  2. To show excessive care or concern in dealing with or caring for (someone); coddle; pamper
  3. To treat like a pet; to overly indulge
To hit something or against something gently or lightly.
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  1. To hit something or against something gently or lightly.
  2. To tap gently with the open hand or with something flat.
  3. To run or walk with a tapping sound.
To hold tightly with the arms or hands; grasp firmly; embrace
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  1. To hold tightly with the arms or hands; grasp firmly; embrace
  2. To take hold of; to grasp; to grab tightly.
  3. To hold in a tight embrace.
To handle someone or something clumsily, rudely, or with too much familiarity:
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  1. To handle someone or something clumsily, rudely, or with too much familiarity:
  2. To feel or touch (another) in an annoying or unwanted way.
  3. To feel or strike with the paw or paws.
To strangle or decapitate (a fowl).
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  1. To strangle or decapitate (a fowl).
  2. (Slang) To engage in amorous kissing, hugging, and caressing
  3. To kiss and caress amorously.
To produce a particular sensation, especially through the sense of touch:
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  1. To produce a particular sensation, especially through the sense of touch:
  2. To examine by touching:
  3. To perceive as a physical sensation:
To engage in caressing, petting, or lovemaking.
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  1. To engage in caressing, petting, or lovemaking.
  2. To win over or convince by cajoling or flattering; wheedle:
  3. (Slang) To embrace, kiss, fondle, etc. in making love; pet; neck
To push, lift, or hit (a ball) with a scooping motion instead of a direct blow
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  1. To push, lift, or hit (a ball) with a scooping motion instead of a direct blow
  2. (Sports & Games) To give a ball an upward scoop.
  3. (Informal) To lie down behind and against (another person) so that both bodies face the same direction with the knees drawn up slightly like nested spoons.
To hold lovingly and gently in one's arms; embrace and fondle
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  1. To hold lovingly and gently in one's arms; embrace and fondle
  2. To nestle; snuggle:
  3. To cradle in one's arms so as to give comfort, warmth.
To show fondness or affection by stroking or touching.
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  1. To show fondness or affection by stroking or touching.
  2. To stroke or handle (someone or something) in a tender and loving way; caress
  3. To touch or stroke (someone), often inappropriately, in making sexual advances
To run or walk with a tapping sound.
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  1. To run or walk with a tapping sound.
  2. To tap gently with the open hand or with something flat.
  3. To flatten, shape, apply, etc. by patting
(Informal) To kiss, embrace, fondle, etc., passionately in mutual sexual stimulation
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  1. (Informal) To kiss, embrace, fondle, etc., passionately in mutual sexual stimulation
  2. To stroke or pat (now, esp., an animal) affectionately
  3. To be in a pet; sulk

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 51 synonyms, antonyms, idiomatic expressions, and related words for caress, like: fondle, embrace, stroke, touch, feel, pet, stroke, cuddle, embrace, dandle and make love to.