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

      

    stroke

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//strəʊk//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//stroʊk//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they stroke
    BrE BrE//strəʊk//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//stroʊk//
     
    he / she / it strokes
    BrE BrE//strəʊks//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//stroʊks//
     
    past simple stroked
    BrE BrE//strəʊkt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//stroʊkt//
     
    past participle stroked
    BrE BrE//strəʊkt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//stroʊkt//
     
    -ing form stroking
    BrE BrE//ˈstrəʊkɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈstroʊkɪŋ//
     
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    touch gently
  1. 1  stroke something (especially British English) to move your hand gently and slowly over an animal’s fur or hair He's a beautiful dog. Can I stroke him? see also pet See related entries: Pets
  2. 2  stroke something/somebody to move your hand gently over a surface, somebody’s hair, etc. He stroked her hair affectionately.
  3. move something gently
  4. 3stroke something + adv./prep. to move something somewhere with a gentle movement She stroked away his tears. He stroked the ball between the posts.
  5. be nice to somebody
  6. 4stroke somebody (informal, especially North American English) to be very nice to somebody, especially to get them to do what you want
  7. Word Origin Old English strācian ‘caress lightly’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch streek ‘a stroke’, German streichen ‘to stroke’, also to strike. The earliest noun sense ‘blow’ is first recorded in Middle English.Extra examples He stroked back his hair. He stroked his beard thoughtfully. She gently stroked away his tears. She stroked his hair absently. She stroked the cat absently. He stroked her hair tenderly. He’s a beautiful dog. Can I stroke him?
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: stroke