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verb kiss pronunciation in American English /kɪs/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlekissing
past tensekissed
past participlekissed
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  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to touch someone with your lips because you love them or have sexual feelings for them
    They kissed again, and then he was gone.
    kiss someone on something: He kissed her on the lips.
    1. a.
      [intransitive/transitive] to touch someone with your lips when you say hello or goodbye to them
      We all hugged and kissed each other.
      kiss someone goodbye/good night: He went upstairs to kiss his son good night.
    2. b.
      [transitive] to touch someone or something with your lips as a sign of respect
      He knelt and kissed the hand of the Queen.
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  2. 2
    [transitive] British literary to touch someone or something very gently
    The final rays of the sun kissed the tops of the islands.


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