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Definition of stroke verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they stroke
    he / she / it strokes
    past simple stroked
    -ing form stroking
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    touch gently
  1. 1stroke something 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
  2. 2stroke something/somebody to move your hand gently over a surface, someone'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 someone
  6. 4stroke somebody (informal) to be very nice to someone, especially to get them to do what you want
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: stroke