pet somebody/something

Saki6

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pet somebody/something
(especially North American English) to touch or move your hand gently over an animal or a child in a kind and loving way
He petted the dog and ruffled its fur.


Do BrE speakers say "He patted the dog" to mean "He petted the dog"?
 

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I use "patted the dog" specifically to mean that I touched the dog repeatedly in an up-and-down manner. I use "petted the dog" to mean any kind of nice, friendly tactile contact I have - I might rub its tummy, pat it, stroke it, nuzzle its ears and nose, etc.
 

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You'd nuzzle its ears and nose?:-?
 

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I wonder why "North American English" was added to the definition, then.
 

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In both AmE and BrE, "pet somebody/something" means "to touch or move your hand gently over an animal or a child in a kind and loving way," doesn't it?
 
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