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verb [transitive] pat pronunciation in American English /pæt/
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present tense
I/you/we/theypat
he/she/itpats
present participlepatting
past tensepatted
past participlepatted
  1. to touch someone gently several times with a flat hand to show that you care about them or want to make them feel better
    Stella patted his knee reassuringly.
    He patted the girl on the shoulder in an attempt to comfort her.
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    1. a.
      if you pat your hair or skin you touch it gently to make it smooth, neat, or dry
      He patted his already immaculate hair.
      After washing, pat your face dry with a soft towel.
    2. b.
      to touch something gently with a flat hand to draw attention to it, or to check that something is where you placed it
      “I’m hungry,” he said, patting his stomach.
      “Come and sit here,” she said, patting the seat beside her.
      He patted his pants pocket to see if his keys were there.

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