2 / pAt; pAt/ v (-tt-)
[Tn, Tn.pr] tap (sb/sth) gently with the open hand or with a flat object （用掌或扁平之物）轻拍（某人[某物]）: pat a dog 轻轻拍狗 * pat sb's hand 轻拍某人的手 * pat a child on the head, ie as a sign of affection 拍拍孩子的头（表示疼爱） * pat a ball, ie so that it bounces up and down 拍球.
[Tn.pr, Tn.p, Cn.a] put (sth) in the specified state or position by patting 将（某物）拍成某状态或拍至某处: She patted her hair into place/shape. 她把头发拍整齐了. * She patted down a few wisps of hair. 她拍落几绺头发. * He patted his face dry (with a towel). 他（用手巾）轻轻把脸拍乾.
(idm 习语) pat sb/oneself on the `back congratulate sb/oneself 对某人[自己]表示庆贺﹑ 鼓励或赞扬.
> pat n
1 gentle tap with the open hand or with a flat object 轻拍: She gave the child a pat on the head. 她轻轻拍了一下那孩子的头. * He gave her knee an affectionate pat/He gave her an affectionate pat on the knee. 他深情地拍了一下她的膝盖.
2 slight sound made by tapping sth gently 轻拍某物发出的声音.
3 ~ (of sth) small mass of sth (esp butter) that has been shaped by patting （拍成的）小团, 小块（尤指黄油）: a pat of butter 一小块黄油.
4 (idm 习语) a ,pat on the `back (for sth/doing sth) 鼓励; 赞扬: give sb/get a pat on the back 给某人[得到]鼓励 * She deserves a pat on the back for all the hard work she's done. 她辛勤努力值得赞扬.