Meaning of “kiss” in the English Dictionary

"kiss" in British English

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kissverb

uk /kɪs/ us /kɪs/

A2 [ I or T ] to touch with your lips, especially as a greeting, or to press your mouth onto another person's mouth in a sexual way:

There was a young couple on the sofa, kissing passionately.
She kissed him on the mouth.
[ + two objects ] He kissed the children good night/goodbye (= kissed them as a part of saying good night/goodbye).

[ T ] literary to gently touch something:

The breeze/sun kissed her bare shoulders.
kiss sth better

If you tell a child you will kiss a part of the body that hurts better, you mean you will make it feel better by kissing it:

"Mummy, I hurt my knee." "Come here, darling, and let me kiss it better."

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kissnoun [ C ]

uk /kɪs/ us /kɪs/

A2 an act of kissing someone:

Give your granny a kiss.
a kiss on the lips

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(Definition of “kiss” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"kiss" in American English

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kissverb [ I/T ]

us /kɪs/

to touch or press your lips against another person, esp. another person’s lips or cheek, as a greeting or to express love:

[ I/T ] The two women hugged and kissed (each other).
[ T ] He kissed the children goodbye.

kissnoun [ C ]

us /kɪs/

an act of touching or pressing your lips against another person, esp. another person's lips or cheek, as a greeting or to express love:

Give grandma a kiss and say goodnight.

(Definition of “kiss” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)