• IPA: /kəˈɹɛs/

caress (plural caresses)

  1. An act of endearment; any act or expression of affection; an embracing, or touching, with tenderness. [from 1640s]
    • quote en
    • 18, Thomas Babington Macaulay, chapter 17, in The History of England from the Accession of James the Second, volume (please specify ), London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, OCLC 1069526323 ↗:
  2. A gentle stroking or rubbing.
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caress (caresses, present participle caressing; past and past participle caressed)

  1. (transitive) To touch or kiss lovingly; to fondle.
    Synonyms: hold, soothe, stroke, kiss, Thesaurus:fondle, Thesaurus:kiss
    She loves being caressed by her boyfriend.
  2. (transitive) To affect as if with a caress.
    • 2012, Mel Berry, Graceful Intentions (page 1)
      The love and anguish in his voice caressed my mind and soul.

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