pat

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Verb[change]

Plain form
pat

Third-person singular
pats

Past tense
patted

Past participle
patted

Present participle
patting

A police officer patting down a criminal
  1. (transitive) If you pat something, you touch it gently a number of times with your open hand.
    Rinse the meat with water then pat dry.
    "You're good people, too, Agnes." He reached over an patted her shoulder. "Don't worry."
    She held the baby close to her chest and gently patted his back.
    He patted his pocket, looking for cigarettes.
    The dog relaxed as as he scratched her ears and patted her head.

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Noun[change]

Singular
pat

Plural
pats

  1. A gentle touch or tap.
  2. The sound made by the gentle touch.