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pet

noun [C]  /pet/ us  

pet noun [C] (ANIMAL)

an animal that is kept in the home as a companion and treated affectionately: She has several interesting pets, including a couple of snakes.

pet

adjective [not gradable]  /pet/ us  

pet adjective [not gradable] (LIKED)

especially liked or personally important: The legislation will face strong opposition from senators whose pet projects would be cut back.

pet

verb [I/T]  /pet/ (-tt-) us  

pet verb [I/T] (TOUCH)

to touch an animal or person gently and affectionately with the hands: [T] Our dog loves to be petted and tickled behind the ears.
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