American English

Definition of pat verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they pat
he / she / it pats
past simple patted
-ing form patting
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  • to touch someone or 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.
  • Idioms
    pat somebody/yourself on the back
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    to praise someone or yourself for doing something well
    Phrasal Verbspat somebodydown
    See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: pat