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pat

verb [T] uk   /pæt/ (-tt-) us  
C2 to touch someone or something gently and usually repeatedly with the hand flat: He patted my head/patted me on the head affectionately. I bent down to pat the little puppy.

pat

noun [C] uk   /pæt/ us  

pat noun [C] (TOUCH)

the act of patting a person or animal: I gave the little boy a pat on the head.

pat noun [C] (PIECE)

a small flat piece, especially of butter

pat

adjective uk   /pæt/ usually disapproving us  
describes an answer or remark that someone has previously prepared, so that they say it quickly and without any real thought: The minister came out with a pat answer/response.
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