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Webster 1913 Edition


Caress

Ca-ress′

(kȧ-rĕs′)
,
Noun.
[F.
caresse
, It.
carezza
, LL.
caritia
dearness, fr. L.
carus
dear. See
Charity
.]
An act of endearment; any act or expression of affection; an embracing, or touching, with tenderness.
Wooed her with his soft
caresses
.
Langfellow.
He exerted himself to win by indulgence and
caresses
the hearts of all who were under his command.
Macaulay.

Ca-ress′

,
Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Caressed
(kȧ-rĕst′)
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Caressing
.]
[F.
caresser
, fr. It.
carezzare
, fr.
carezza
caress. See
Caress
.,
Noun.
]
To treat with tokens of fondness, affection, or kindness; to touch or speak to in a loving or endearing manner; to fondle.
Syn. – To fondle; embrace; pet; coddle; court; flatter.
Caress
,
Fondle
. “We caress by words or actions; we fondle by actions only.”
Crabb.

Webster 1828 Edition


Caress

CARESS

,
Verb.
T.
To treat with fondness, affection, or kindness; to fondle; to embrace with tender affection; as a parent a child.

CARESS

,
Noun.
An act of endearment; any act or expression of affection; an embracing with tenderness; as conjugal caresses.

Definition 2022


caress

caress

English

Noun

caress (plural caresses)

  1. An act of endearment; any act or expression of affection; an embracing, or touching, with tenderness.
    • Longfellow
      Wooed her with his soft caresses.
    • Macaulay
      He exerted himself to win by indulgence and caresses the hearts of all who were under his command.
  2. A gentle stroking or rubbing.

Verb

caress (third-person singular simple present caresses, present participle caressing, simple past and past participle caressed)

  1. (transitive) To touch or kiss lovingly; to fondle.
    She loves being caressed by her boyfriend.
  2. (transitive) To affect as if with a caress.

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