caress


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ca·ress

 (kə-rĕs′)
n.
A gentle touch or gesture of fondness, tenderness, or love.
tr.v. ca·ressed, ca·ress·ing, ca·ress·es
1. To touch or stroke in an affectionate or loving manner.
2. To touch or move as if with a caress: soft music that caressed the ears.

[French caresse, from Italian carezza, from caro, dear, from Latin cārus; see kā- in Indo-European roots.]

ca·ress′er n.
ca·ress′ing·ly adv.
ca·res′sive adj.
Synonyms: caress, cuddle, fondle, pat1, pet1, stroke2
These verbs mean to touch or handle affectionately: caressed the sleeping baby; cuddled the kitten in her arms; fondling the dog's ears; patted the child's head; petting his pony; gently stroked the patient's hand.

caress

(kəˈrɛs)
n
a gentle touch or embrace, esp one given to show affection
vb
(tr) to touch or stroke gently with affection or as with affection: the wind caressed her face.
[C17: from French caresse, from Italian carezza, from Latin cārus dear]
caˈresser n
caˈressingly adv

ca•ress

(kəˈrɛs)

n.
1. a light stroking gesture expressing affection.
v.t.
2. to touch or stroke lightly in or as if in affection.
3. to treat with favor or kindness.
[1605–15; < French caresse < Italian carezza < Latin cār(us) dear]
ca•ress′a•ble, adj.
ca•ress′er, n.
ca•ress′ing•ly, adv.
ca•ress′ive, adj.

caress


Past participle: caressed
Gerund: caressing

Imperative
caress
caress
Present
I caress
you caress
he/she/it caresses
we caress
you caress
they caress
Preterite
I caressed
you caressed
he/she/it caressed
we caressed
you caressed
they caressed
Present Continuous
I am caressing
you are caressing
he/she/it is caressing
we are caressing
you are caressing
they are caressing
Present Perfect
I have caressed
you have caressed
he/she/it has caressed
we have caressed
you have caressed
they have caressed
Past Continuous
I was caressing
you were caressing
he/she/it was caressing
we were caressing
you were caressing
they were caressing
Past Perfect
I had caressed
you had caressed
he/she/it had caressed
we had caressed
you had caressed
they had caressed
Future
I will caress
you will caress
he/she/it will caress
we will caress
you will caress
they will caress
Future Perfect
I will have caressed
you will have caressed
he/she/it will have caressed
we will have caressed
you will have caressed
they will have caressed
Future Continuous
I will be caressing
you will be caressing
he/she/it will be caressing
we will be caressing
you will be caressing
they will be caressing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been caressing
you have been caressing
he/she/it has been caressing
we have been caressing
you have been caressing
they have been caressing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been caressing
you will have been caressing
he/she/it will have been caressing
we will have been caressing
you will have been caressing
they will have been caressing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been caressing
you had been caressing
he/she/it had been caressing
we had been caressing
you had been caressing
they had been caressing
Conditional
I would caress
you would caress
he/she/it would caress
we would caress
you would caress
they would caress
Past Conditional
I would have caressed
you would have caressed
he/she/it would have caressed
we would have caressed
you would have caressed
they would have caressed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.caress - a gentle affectionate stroking (or something resembling it)caress - a gentle affectionate stroking (or something resembling it); "he showered her with caresses"; "soft music was a fond caress"; "the caresses of the breeze played over his face"
stroking, stroke - a light touch with the hands
Verb1.caress - touch or stroke lightly in a loving or endearing manner; "He caressed her face"; "They fondled in the back seat of the taxi"
paw - touch clumsily; "The man tried to paw her"
grope - fondle for sexual pleasure; "He made some sexual advances at the woman in his office and groped her repeatedly"
dandle - pet; "the grandfather dandled the small child"
stroke - touch lightly and repeatedly, as with brushing motions; "He stroked his long beard"
pet - stroke or caress in an erotic manner, as during lovemaking
pat, chuck - pat or squeeze fondly or playfully, especially under the chin
nuzzle, nose - rub noses
pet - stroke or caress gently; "pet the lamb"
tickle - touch or stroke lightly; "The grass tickled her calves"

caress

verb
1. stroke, cuddle, fondle, pet, embrace, hug, nuzzle, neck (informal), kiss They kissed and caressed one another.
noun
1. stroke, pat, kiss, embrace, hug, cuddle, fondling Margaret held my arm in a gentle caress.

caress

verb
To touch or stroke affectionately:
Translations
مُلاطَفَه، تَدْليل، تَحَبُّب
hladitpohlazení
aeaenstrygestrygen
ástaratlotgæla viî, strjúka
glamonėglostytipaglostyti
glāstītglāsts
hladiťpohladiť

caress

[kəˈres]
A. Ncaricia f
B. VTacariciar

caress

[kəˈrɛs]
ncaresse f
vtcaresser

caress

nLiebkosung f, → Zärtlichkeit f usu pl, → Streicheln nt no pl

caress

[kəˈrɛs]
1. ncarezza

caress

(kəˈres) verb
to touch gently and lovingly. She caressed the horse's neck.
noun
an act of touching in this way. a loving caress.
References in classic literature ?
And having pulled the boy's hair by way of a caress, Mr.
Again he raised the hands to caress the boy and then a look of horror swept over his face.
The action was at first a little confusing to Edna, but she soon lent herself readily to the Creole's gentle caress.
As she rode alone, the fronds of breast-high ferns seemed to caress her with outstretched and gently-detaining hands; strange wildflowers sprang up through the parting underbrush; even the granite rocks that at times pressed closely upon the trail appeared as if cushioned to her contact with star-rayed mosses, or lightly flung after her long lassoes of delicate vines.
It was the caress which a dewy maiden--such as the Dawn is, immortally--gives to her sleeping sister, partly from the impulse of irresistible fondness, and partly as a pretty hint that it is time now to unclose her eyes.
Pearl, that wild and flighty little elf stole softly towards him, and taking his hand in the grasp of both her own, laid her cheek against it; a caress so tender, and withal so unobtrusive, that her mother, who was looking on, asked herself -- "Is that my Pearl?
That glad, happy air, that winsome sky, did at last stroke and caress him; the step-mother world, so long cruel -- forbidding --now threw affectionate arms round his stubborn neck, and did seem to joyously sob over him, as if over one, that however wilful and erring, she could yet find it in her heart to save and to bless.
And when I saw her fling herself upon those hogs, with tears of joy running down her cheeks, and strain them to her heart, and kiss them, and caress them, and call them reverently by grand princely names, I was ashamed of her, ashamed of the human race.
It had been many a day now since she had ventured a caress or a fondling epithet in his quarter.
Adele went to kiss him before quitting the room: he endured the caress, but scarcely seemed to relish it more than Pilot would have done, nor so much.
I took a seat at the end of the hearthstone opposite that towards which my landlord advanced, and filled up an interval of silence by attempting to caress the canine mother, who had left her nursery, and was sneaking wolfishly to the back of my legs, her lip curled up, and her white teeth watering for a snatch.
She always observed this quickly, I thought, and always roused him with a question or caress.