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purr

verb [I] uk   /pɜː/ us    /pɝː/
to make a quiet, continuous, soft sound: The cat purred as I stroked its fur. We could hear the sound of a lawnmower purring in the back garden. A black limousine purred up (= drove up making a quiet, continuous, soft sound) outside the hotel. [+ speech] "I love it when you stroke my back," she purred (= said with pleasure).

purr

noun [S] uk   /pɜː/ us    /pɝː/
a purring noise: I stroked the cat and it gave a low purr. I heard the gentle purr of an engine outside the house.
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