caress [kə res′]
[Fr caresser < It carezzare; ult. < L carus, dear: see CHARITY]
1. to touch or stroke lovingly or gently; also, to embrace or kiss: often used figuratively, as of a voice or music
2. to treat kindly or affectionately
an affectionate touch or gesture, as a kiss, embrace, etc.
SYN.- CARESS refers to a display of affection by gentle stroking or patting; FONDLE implies a more demonstrative show of love or affection, as by hugging or kissing; PET1, as applied generally, implies treatment with special affection and indulgence, including patting, fondling, etc., but informally it refers to indulgence, esp. by young couples, in hugging, kissing, and amorous caresses; CUDDLE implies affectionate handling, as of a small child by its mother, by pressing or drawing close within the arms; DANDLE implies the showing of playful affection toward a child by moving him or her up and down lightly on the knee

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  • Caress — Ca*ress , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Caressed} (k[.a]*r[e^]st ); p. pr. & vb. n. {Caressing}.] [F. caresser, fr. It. carezzare, fr. carezza caress. See {Caress}., n.] To treat with tokens of fondness, affection, or kindness; to touch or speak to in a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • caress — vb Caress, fondle, pet, cosset, cuddle, dandle mean to show affection or love by touching or handling. Caress implies an expression of tender interest (as by soft stroking or patting) or of affection ordinarily without undue familiarity {soothing …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • caress — [n] loving touch cuddle, embrace, endearment, feel, fondling, hug, kiss, pat, pet, petting, snuggle, squeeze, stroke; concepts 375,590 caress [v] touch lovingly bear hug*, brush, buss, clinch, clutch, coddle, cosset, cuddle, dandle, embrace, feel …   New thesaurus

  • Caress — Ca*ress (k[.a]*r[e^]s ), n. [F. caresse, It. carezza, LL. caritia dearness, fr. L. carus dear. See {Charity}.] An act of endearment; any act or expression of affection; an embracing, or touching, with tenderness. [1913 Webster] Wooed her with his …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • caress — (n.) 1640s, from Fr. caresse (15c.), from It. carezza, from caro “dear,” from L. carus (see WHORE (Cf. whore)). The verb is 1650s, from Fr. caresser, from It. carezzare endearment, from carezza. Related: Caressed; caressing …   Etymology dictionary

  • caress — ► VERB ▪ touch or stroke gently or lovingly. ► NOUN ▪ a gentle or loving touch. DERIVATIVES caressing adjective caressingly adverb. ORIGIN French caresser, from Latin carus dear …   English terms dictionary

  • caress — I UK [kəˈres] / US verb [transitive] Word forms caress : present tense I/you/we/they caress he/she/it caresses present participle caressing past tense caressed past participle caressed 1) to move your hands gently over someone s face or body in a …   English dictionary

  • caress — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} noun ADJECTIVE ▪ gentle, soft ▪ the gentle caress of his fingers ▪ tender, warm {{Roman}}II.{{/Roman}} verb ADVERB …   Collocations dictionary

  • caress — I n. a gentle caress II v. to caress gently * * * [kə res] a gentle caress to caressgently …   Combinatory dictionary

  • caress — [[t]kəre̱s[/t]] caresses, caressing, caressed VERB If you caress someone, you stroke them gently and affectionately. [WRITTEN] [V n] He was gently caressing her golden hair. Syn: stroke N COUNT Caress is also a noun. Margaret took me to one side …   English dictionary

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