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Definition of kiss verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    kiss

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//kɪs//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kɪs//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they kiss
    BrE BrE//kɪs//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kɪs//
     
    he / she / it kisses
    BrE BrE//ˈkɪsɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɪsɪz//
     
    past simple kissed
    BrE BrE//kɪst//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kɪst//
     
    past participle kissed
    BrE BrE//kɪst//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kɪst//
     
    -ing form kissing
    BrE BrE//ˈkɪsɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɪsɪŋ//
     
    Romance, Love
     
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  1. 1  [intransitive, transitive] to touch somebody 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 Britain 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 See related entries: Romance, Love
  2. 2[transitive] kiss something (literary) to gently move or touch something The sunlight kissed the warm stones.
  3. Word Origin Old English cyssan (verb), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch kussen and German küssen.Extra examples Brandon slowly kissed her lips. He bent to kiss her again. He kissed her long and hard on the mouth. She let him kiss her lightly on the cheek. The love-struck pair have been spotted kissing and cuddling at parties.Idioms a way of referring to somebody talking publicly, usually for money, about a past sexual relationship with somebody famous
    kiss somebody’s arse (British English) (North American English kiss somebody’s ass, kiss ass)
     
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    (taboo, slang) to be very nice to somebody in order to persuade them to help you or to give you something A more polite way to express this is lick somebody’s boots.
    (informal) to take away the pain of an injury by kissing it Come here and let me kiss it better.
    kiss something goodbye, kiss goodbye to something
     
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    (informal) to accept that you will lose something or be unable to do something Well, you can kiss goodbye to your chances of promotion.
    Phrasal Verbskiss somethingaway
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: kiss