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English adjective: pat

1. pat having only superficial plausibility


SamplesGlib promises.
A slick commercial.


Synonymsglib, slick


Similarplausible


Antonymsimplausible

2. pat exactly suited to the occasion


SamplesA pat reply.


Similarappropriate


Antonymsinappropriate


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


Synonymschuck


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something PP


Broader (hypernym)caress, fondle

2. pat (contact) hit lightly


SamplesPat him on the shoulder.


Synonymsdab


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


Broader (hypernym)strike









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