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verb     kiss pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
present tense
present participlekissing
past tensekissed
past participlekissed
  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/goodnight:

      He went upstairs to kiss his son goodnight.

    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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