"pats" in the noun sense
1. pat, rap, tap
the sound made by a gentle blow
2. tap, pat, dab
a light touch or stroke
"pats" in the verb sense
1. chuck, pat
pat or squeeze fondly or playfully, especially under the chin
2. dab, pat
"pat him on the shoulder"
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