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PAT (patted, patting)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does pat mean? 

PAT (noun)
  The noun PAT has 2 senses:

1. the sound made by a gentle blow
2. a light touch or stroke

  Familiarity information: PAT used as a noun is rare.


PAT (adjective)
  The adjective PAT has 2 senses:

1. having only superficial plausibility
2. exactly suited to the occasion

  Familiarity information: PAT used as an adjective is rare.


PAT (verb)
  The verb PAT has 2 senses:

1. pat or squeeze fondly or playfully, especially under the chin
2. hit lightly

  Familiarity information: PAT used as a verb is rare.


PAT (adverb)
  The adverb PAT has 1 sense:

1. completely or perfectly

  Familiarity information: PAT used as an adverb is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


PAT (noun)


Sense 1pat [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The sound made by a gentle blow

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Synonyms:

pat; tap; rap

Hypernyms ("pat" is a kind of...):

sound (the sudden occurrence of an audible event)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "pat"):

pitter-patter (a series of rapid tapping sounds)


Sense 2pat [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A light touch or stroke

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

dab; pat; tap

Hypernyms ("pat" is a kind of...):

touch; touching (the act of putting two things together with no space between them)


PAT (adjective)


Sense 1pat [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Having only superficial plausibility

Synonyms:

pat; glib; slick

Context examples:

glib promises / a slick commercial

Similar:

plausible (apparently reasonable and valid, and truthful)


Sense 2pat [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Exactly suited to the occasion

Context example:

a pat reply

Similar:

appropriate (suitable for a particular person or place or condition etc)


PAT (verb)


Sense 1pat [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Pat or squeeze fondly or playfully, especially under the chin

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

pat; chuck

Hypernyms (to "pat" is one way to...):

caress (touch or stroke lightly in a loving or endearing manner)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something PP


Sense 2pat [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Hit lightly

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

pat; dab

Context example:

pat him on the shoulder

Hypernyms (to "pat" is one way to...):

strike (deliver a sharp blow, as with the hand, fist, or weapon)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s something PP


PAT (adverb)


Sense 1pat [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Completely or perfectly

Context examples:

he has the lesson pat / had the system down pat


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