From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishkisskiss1 /kɪs/ ●●●S3W3 verb1[intransitive, transitive]KISS to touch someone with your lips as a greeting, to show them love, or as part of a sexualrelationshipMaggie leaned forward and kissed her cheek.Georgina took him in her arms and kissed him on the lips.Jim and Mary kissed (=they kissed each other).kiss somebody gently/lightlyHe kissed her gently and stroked her hair.kiss somebody goodbye/good night etcKiss Daddy good night.GRAMMAR: Reciprocal verbsKiss is a reciprocal verb. This type of verb is used when saying that two or more people do something that involves both or all of them. It does not need to have an object: We kissed. In this sentence, kiss is intransitive and does not have an object.You can also say: We kissed each other.I kissed her. In these sentences, kiss is transitive.2[transitive]KISS to touch something with your lips as a sign of respectShe raised the crucifix to her lips and kissed it.3 →kiss goodbye to something/kiss something goodbye4 →kiss something better5 →kiss my ass6 →kiss (somebody’s) ass7[transitive] literaryMOVE something OR somebody if the wind, sun etc kisses something, it gently moves or touches it →kiss up to somebody→ See Verb table
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kiss• Terry and I gazed at the stars together and kissed.• They were on the sofa, curled up together, kissing.• Do you remember the first time you kissed a boy?• They kissed briefly, then he left the house.• When I was a child, I used to hate being kissed by visiting relatives.• They kissed for a while, softly.• Even two years after kissing her daughter goodbye at the hospital, her voicequavers slightly when she talks about it.• She kissed him lightly on the lips and rose from the bed to get dressed.• His motherhugged him and kissed him on both cheeks.• Timothy bent to kiss his aunt's cheek.• Each person knelt before the Pope and kissed his ring.• He wanted to kiss Liz, but he didn't dare.• Mrs Thomson kissed Maria goodbye, and handed her suitcase.• He did kiss me back then, as if he wanted to press his wretchedthininhibitedmouth right through my head.• She stepped toward me, so close that for a startlinginstant I thought she was going to kiss me.• Had kissed them all, in fact.kisskiss2 ●●●S3 noun [countable]1KISSan act of kissingDo you remember your first kiss?2 →give somebody the kiss of life3 →the kiss of death →French kissCOLLOCATIONSverbsgive somebody a kissI always give the kids a kiss before they go to school.Come and give Mummy a kiss good night.blow somebody a kiss (=to kiss your hand and then blow across it towards someone)Joe blew her a kiss and waved goodbye.plant a kiss on somebody's cheek/forehead etc (=to kiss someone on their cheek etc)Stephen planted a kiss on his daughter’s forehead.ADJECTIVES/NOUN + kissa big/little kissShe put her arms around him and gave him a big kiss.a quick kissHe gave her a quick kiss before leaving for work.a gentle/tender kissShe could still feel that last tender kiss.a passionate kissShe gave him a passionate kiss.a long/lingering kissHe gave her a a long, slow, lingering kiss. a sloppy kiss (=a kiss with rather wet lips)Her little boy gave her a sloppy kiss on the cheek.a farewell/goodnight kiss (=when saying goodbye or goodnight to someone)Don’t go to bed without your goodnight kiss!your first kissWhere were you when you had your first kiss?a French kiss (=a sexual kiss using your tongue)The couple shared a lingering French kiss.phraseslove and kisses (=used at the end of a letter)See you soon. Lots of love and kisses from Anna.
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kiss• "Have you got a kiss for your old Dad?'' he asked.• Not so natural to put her down with a thud and devour her with a kiss.• In my mother's day, kissing in public was severely frowned upon.• It was in her desperatekisses, the way she clutched at him, her hands roving possessively, staking out claims.• That was my first kiss from a woman.• What do kids know of timelessness or flowerkisses, fallen heroes and exquisitedefeat?• In the morning he woke her with gentlekisses.• She gave him a quickkiss and said goodbye.• When she kissed, she kissed soul kisses.• I leanedforward and gave him a sloppykiss on his belly: blub-blub-blub.• She took the kiss as a mark of approval and wore it with pride.From Longman Business DictionaryKISSKISS /kɪs/informal keep it simple, stupid, or keep it short and simple; used to say that a method for doing something should be kept simple in order to avoidmistakes