To caress someone or something means to stroke it gently in a loving or affectionate manner. Don't you love to caress the soft fur of your pet hamster or cat?

The word caress can be either a verb or a noun, both of which refer primarily to the affectionate petting or stroking of another. You can also use caress to mean any sort of kind or loving action, and it can be accomplished by things other than people. The soft wind can caress your skin as you walk towards the ocean’s edge. And who doesn't love the caress of smooth silk sheets against your skin when you get into bed?!

Definitions of caress
  1. verb
    touch or stroke lightly in a loving or endearing manner
    “He caressed her face”
    synonyms: fondle
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    touch clumsily
    fondle for sexual pleasure
    chuck, pat
    pat or squeeze fondly or playfully, especially under the chin
    nose, nuzzle
    rub noses
    stroke or caress gently
    touch or stroke lightly
    fondle or pet affectionately
    stroke soothingly
    make out, neck
    kiss, embrace, or fondle with sexual passion
    type of:
    touch lightly and repeatedly, as with brushing motions
  2. noun
    a gentle affectionate stroking (or something resembling it)
    “he showered her with caresses
    “soft music was a fond caress
    “the caresses of the breeze played over his face”
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    type of:
    stroke, stroking
    a light touch with the hands
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