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English adjective: pat

1. pat having only superficial plausibility

SamplesGlib promises.
A slick commercial.

Synonymsglib, slick



2. pat exactly suited to the occasion

SamplesA pat reply.



English noun: pat

1. pat (event) the sound made by a gentle blow

Synonymsrap, tap

Broader (hypernym)sound

Narrower (hyponym)pitter-patter

2. pat (act) a light touch or stroke

Synonymsdab, tap

Broader (hypernym)touch, touching

English adverb: pat

1. pat completely or perfectly

SamplesHe has the lesson pat.
Had the system down pat.

English verb: pat

1. pat (contact) pat or squeeze fondly or playfully, especially under the chin


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)caress, fondle

2. pat (contact) hit lightly

SamplesPat him on the shoulder.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)strike

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