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strokeverb [T]

 us   /stroʊk/
  • stroke verb [T] (TOUCH)

to move your hand or an object gently over something, usually repeatedly: Asked another question, she stroked her chin and shut her eyes before answering.

strokenoun

 us   /stroʊk/
  • stroke noun (MARK)

[C] a movement of a pen or pencil when writing, or by a brush when painting, or the line or mark made by such a movement: With a stroke of his pen, the governor signed the bill into law.
  • stroke noun (ILLNESS)

[C] a sudden change in the blood supply to a part of the brain, which can result in a loss of some mental or physical abilities, or death: He suffered a stroke and died two days later.
  • stroke noun (SWIMMING ACTION)

[C/U] a particular type of repeated movement used in a method of swimming: [U] He swims the breast stroke competitively, but for his ads he did the butterfly stroke.
  • stroke noun (EVENT)

[C] an unexpected but important event or experience: The bid to take over the company was seen as a bold stroke. To get a job in those years was an incredible stroke of luck.
  • stroke noun (TIME)

[C] an exact time, or a sound or series of sounds that show this time: The fireworks will start at the stroke of 10.
(Definition of stroke from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"stroke" in British English

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strokenoun

uk   /strəʊk/  us   /stroʊk/
  • stroke noun (ILLNESS)

B2 [C] a sudden change in the blood supply to a part of the brain, sometimes causing a loss of the ability to move particular parts of the body: She suffered/had a stroke that left her unable to speak.

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  • stroke noun (CLOCK SOUND)

[C] one of the sounds that some clocks make at particular times, especially by ringing a bell once for each number of the hour: How many strokes did you count?
  • stroke noun (TOUCH)

[C] mainly UK an act of moving your hand, another part of the body, or an object gently over something or someone, usually repeatedly and for pleasure: Don't be frightened, just give the horse a stroke.

strokeverb [T]

uk   /strəʊk/  us   /stroʊk/
  • stroke verb [T] (TOUCH)

B2 to move a hand, another part of the body, or an object gently over something or someone, usually repeatedly and for pleasure: Stroke the dog if you want, he won't bite. She lovingly stroked Chris's face with the tips of her fingers.

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(Definition of stroke from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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