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Sense: 1-2,4
Origin: Old English stracian
Sense: 3
Date: 1900-2000
Origin: STROKE1

stroke

2 verb
     
stroke
stroke2 [transitive]
1 to move your hand gently over something:
He reached out and stroked her cheek tenderly.
2 [always + adverb/preposition] to move something somewhere with gentle movements of your hand:
He lifted her face and stroked her hair from her eyes.
3 [always + adverb/preposition] to hit or kick a ball with a smooth movement in games such as tennis, golf, and cricket:
He stroked the ball into an empty net with a minute to go.
4

stroke somebody's ego

to say nice things to someone to make them feel good, especially because you want something from them

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