ca•ressPronunciation: (ku-res'), [key]
an act or gesture expressing affection, as an embrace or kiss, esp. a light stroking or touching.
to touch or pat gently to show affection.
to touch, stroke, etc., lightly, as if in affection: The breeze caressed the trees.
to treat with favor, kindness, etc.
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