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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. 1 stroke 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. 4 stroke 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