American English

Definition of kiss verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they kiss
    he / she / it kisses
    past simple kissed
    -ing form kissing
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to touch someone with your lips as a sign of love, affection, sexual desire, etc., or when saying hello or goodbye They stood in a doorway kissing (= kissing each other). Do people in the U.S. kiss when they meet? kiss somebody Go and kiss your mother goodnight. She kissed him on both cheeks. He lifted the trophy up and kissed it. see also air kiss
  2. 2[transitive] kiss something (literary) to gently move or touch something The sunlight kissed the warm stones.
  3. Idioms
    kiss and make up
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    to become friends again after having an argument or disagreement After a bitter political campaign, the two candidates kissed and made up.
    kiss and tell
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    a way of referring to someone talking publicly, usually for money, about a past sexual relationship with someone famous
    kiss something better (informal)
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    to take away the pain of an injury by kissing it Come here and let me kiss it better.
    kiss something goodbye (informal)
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    to accept that you will lose something or be unable to do something Well, you can kiss your chances of promotion goodbye.
    Phrasal Verbskiss somethingawaykiss somebody/somethingoffkiss somethingoffkiss up to somebody
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: kiss