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Definition 1: a light touch or stroke - [noun denoting act]

Synonyms for pat in the sense of this definition

(pat is a kind of ...) the act of putting two things together with no space between them

"at his touch the room filled with lights"

Definition 2: the sound made by a gentle blow - [noun denoting event]

Synonyms for pat in the sense of this definition

(pat is a kind of ...) the sudden occurrence of an audible event

"the sound awakened them"

(... is a kind of pat ) a series of rapid tapping sounds

"she missed the pitter-patter of little feet around the house"

Definition 3: hit lightly - [verb of contact]

Samples where pat or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • pat him on the shoulder

Synonyms for pat in the sense of this definition

(pat is a kind of ...) deliver a sharp blow, as with the hand, fist, or weapon

"The teacher struck the child" "the opponent refused to strike" "The boxer struck the attacker dead"

Definition 4: pat or squeeze fondly or playfully, especially under the chin - [verb of contact]

Synonyms for pat in the sense of this definition

(pat is a kind of ...) touch or stroke lightly in a loving or endearing manner

"He caressed her face" "They fondled in the back seat of the taxi"

Definition 5: completely or perfectly - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where pat or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he has the lesson pat
  • had the system down pat

Definition 6: exactly suited to the occasion - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where pat or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a pat reply

(pat is similar to ...) suitable for a particular person or place or condition etc

"a book not appropriate for children" "a funeral conducted the appropriate solemnity" "it seems that an apology is appropriate"

Definition 7: having only superficial plausibility - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where pat or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • glib promises
  • a slick commercial

Synonyms for pat in the sense of this definition

(pat is similar to ...) apparently reasonable and credible, and therefore convincing

"a plausible excuse"

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