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

     

    pet

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//pet//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//pet//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they pet
    BrE BrE//pet//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//pet//
     
    he / she / it pets
    BrE BrE//pets//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//pets//
     
    past simple petted
    BrE BrE//ˈpetɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpetɪd//
     
    past participle petted
    BrE BrE//ˈpetɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpetɪd//
     
    -ing form petting
    BrE BrE//ˈpetɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpetɪŋ//
     
    Pets
     
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  1. 1[transitive] pet somebody/something (especially North American English) to touch or move your hand gently over an animal or a child in a kind and loving way He petted the dog and ruffled its fur. See related entries: Pets
  2. 2[intransitive] (informal) (of two people) to kiss and touch each other in a sexual way see also petting
  3. Word Origin early 16th cent. (as a noun; originally Scots and northern English): of unknown origin.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: pet