|Origin:||Old English stracian|
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.
to say nice things to someone to make them feel good, especially because you want something from them