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patverb [T]

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

to touch someone or something lightly and repeatedly with an open hand: He patted me on the shoulder. Pat the vegetables dry with a paper towel.

patnoun [C]

us   /pæt/
  • pat noun [C] (PIECE)

  • pat noun [C] (TOUCH)

a light touch made with your open hand

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.
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"pat" in British English

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patverb [T]

uk   /pæt/ us   /pæt/ -tt-
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.

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patnoun [C]

uk   /pæt/ us   /pæt/

patadjective

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