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

 

pat

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//pæt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//pæt//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they pat
BrE BrE//pæt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//pæt//
 
he / she / it pats
BrE BrE//pæts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//pæts//
 
past simple patted
BrE BrE//ˈpætɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpætɪd//
 
past participle patted
BrE BrE//ˈpætɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpætɪd//
 
-ing form patting
BrE BrE//ˈpætɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpætɪŋ//
 
 
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  • (patting, patted) to touch somebody/something gently several times with your hand flat, especially as a sign of affection pat something She patted the dog on the head. He patted his sister's hand consolingly. pat something + adj. Pat your face dry with a soft towel. More Like This Consonant-doubling verbs bob, club, dub, grab, rub, sob, throb kid, nod, pad, plod, prod, shred, skid, thud beg, blog, bug, drag, drug, flag, hug, jog, log, mug, nag, plug bar, confer, infer, occur, prefer, refer, star, stir, transfer acquit, admit, allot, chat, clot, commit, jut, knit, pat, regret, rot, spot, submit (in British English:) appal, cancel, channel, control, counsel, enrol, equal, excel, fuel, fulfil, label, level, marvel, model, pedal, quarrel, signal, travelSee worksheet.
  • Word Originverb late Middle English (as a noun denoting a blow with something flat): probably imitative. The verb dates from the mid 16th cent.Extra examples He patted her gently on the shoulder. I threw my arms around him and he awkwardly patted my back. He patted his sister’s hand consolingly and wiped away her tears.Idioms
    pat somebody/yourself on the back
     
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    (informal) to praise somebody or yourself for doing something well
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