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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Ca·ress, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Caressed p. pr. & vb. n. Caressing.]  To treat with tokens of fondness, affection, or kindness; to touch or speak to in a loving or endearing manner; to fondle.
    The lady caresses the rough bloodhound.   --Sir W. Scott.
 Syn: -- To fondle; embrace; pet; coddle; court; flatter.
 Usage: -- Caress, Fondle. “We caress by words or actions; we fondle by actions only.”