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Meaning of “pet” in the English Dictionary

"pet" in British English

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petnoun [C]

uk   us   /pet/
  • pet noun [C] (ANIMAL)

A1 an ​animal that is ​kept in the ​home as a companion and ​treatedkindly: They have several pets - a ​dog, two ​rabbits, and a ​guineapig. a pet ​snake

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  • pet noun [C] (PERSON)

be sb's pet disapproving to be the ​person that someone in ​authoritylikesbest and ​treatsbetter than anyone ​else: The other ​childrenhated her because she was the teacher's pet. informal approving a ​kindperson who is ​easy to like: He's always ​sending me ​flowers - he's a ​real pet! UK informal a ​friendly way of ​talking to someone, ​especially a woman or a ​child: Thank you, pet.

petverb

uk   us   /pet/ (-tt-)
[T] If you pet an ​animal, ​child, etc., you ​touch it, him, or her ​gently and ​kindly with ​yourhands: Our ​dogloves to be petted and ​tickled behind the ​ears. [I] informal If two ​people are petting, they are ​kissing and ​touching each other in a ​sexual way.
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petadjective

uk   us   /pet/
pet theory, subject, hate, etc. a ​theory, ​subject, ​hate, etc. that is ​special and ​important to you: Football is one of her pet ​hates.US My pet ​peeve (= pet ​hate) is ​cleaning the ​bathroom.
(Definition of pet from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"pet" in American English

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petnoun [C]

 us   /pet/
  • pet noun [C] (ANIMAL)

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

petadjective [not gradable]

 us   /pet/
especiallyliked or ​personallyimportant: The ​legislation will ​facestrongopposition from ​senators whose pet ​projects would be ​cut back.

petverb [I/T]

 us   /pet/ (-tt-)
to ​touch an ​animal or ​persongently and ​affectionately with the ​hands: [T] Our ​dogloves to be petted and ​tickled behind the ​ears.
(Definition of pet from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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