Stroke

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Definition

to stroke (an animal): to caress (an animal)
verb
Bobby, stop stroking the cat, you are getting fur all over your school jumper. You can caress it later.

a stroke: a sudden change in the blood supply to a part of the brain
noun
Pronunciation examples
UK: I spend my evenings stroking a little grey cat.
US: There will be no presents this year because Santa Claus has had a stroke.

Examples

  • "He needs a comforting hand to stroke him."
  • "Smithson argues that stress starts to pose serious threats such as permanent damage to brain cells (which has linked high stress levels to alzheimer's disease and strokes) and high blood pressure (the link between stress and heart attacks) only when the stress is allowed to build up over a long period of time."

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