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patverb [T]

uk   us   /pæt/ (-tt-)
C2 to ​touch someone or something ​gently and usually ​repeatedly with the ​handflat: He patted my ​head/patted me on the ​headaffectionately. I ​bent down to pat the little ​puppy.

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patnoun [C]

uk   us   /pæt/

patadjective

uk   us   /pæt/ usually disapproving
(Definition of pat from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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patverb [T]

 us   /pæt/ (-tt-)
  • pat verb [T] (TOUCH)

to ​touch someone or something ​lightly and ​repeatedly with an ​openhand: He patted me on the ​shoulder. Pat the ​vegetablesdry with a ​papertowel.

patnoun [C]

 us   /pæt/
  • pat noun [C] (PIECE)

a ​small, ​flatpiece of ​butter
  • pat noun [C] (TOUCH)

a ​lighttouch made with ​youropenhand

patadjective, adverb [not gradable]

 us   /pæt/ usually disapproving
(esp. of an ​answer) having been already ​prepared and ​therefore said without ​thinking much about the ​question: You’ve got a pat ​response to every ​question that comes along.
(Definition of pat from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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