pat

pat
I UK [pæt] / US verb [transitive]
Word forms "pat":
present tense I/you/we/they pat he/she/it pats present participle patting past tense patted past participle patted
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to touch someone gently several times with a flat hand to show that you care about them or want to make them feel better

Stella patted his knee reassuringly.

He patted the girl on the shoulder in an attempt to comfort her.

a) if you pat your hair or skin you touch it gently to make it smooth, tidy, or dry

He patted his already immaculate hair.

After washing, pat your face dry with a soft towel.

b) to touch something gently with a flat hand to draw attention to it, or to check that something is where you placed it

"I'm hungry," he said, patting his stomach.

"Come and sit here," she said, patting the seat beside her.

He patted his trouser pocket to see if his keys were there.

c) if you pat an animal such as a dog or a horse, you touch it gently several times with a flat hand in a friendly way
Phrasal verbs:
II UK [pæt] / US noun [countable]
Word forms "pat":
singular pat plural pats
1) the action of gently touching someone or something several times with a flat hand

Nina gave the dog a friendly pat on the head.

2) a small flat piece of butter

III UK [pæt] / US adjective
pat answers or explanations sound as though they have been used many times before and are not sincere

His words sounded a little too pat.

He gave her his usual pat excuses.


IV UK [pæt] / US adverb

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