affectionate

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adjective af·fec·tion·ate \ ə-ˈfek-sh(ə-)nət \

Definition of affectionate

1 :feeling or showing affection or warm regard :loving
  • affectionate friends
  • an affectionate nickname
2 :motivated by affection :tender
  • affectionate care
3 obsolete :inclined, disposed

affectionately

adverb

Examples of affectionate in a Sentence

  1. an affectionate child who gives hugs and kisses freely

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Origin and Etymology of affectionate


AFFECTIONATE Defined for English Language Learners

affectionate

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Definition of affectionate for English Language Learners

  • : feeling or showing love and affection


AFFECTIONATE Defined for Kids

affectionate

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adjective af·fec·tion·ate \ ə-ˈfek-shə-nət \

Definition of affectionate for Students

:feeling or showing a great liking for a person or thing :loving
  • an affectionate friend

affectionately

adverb
  • She patted his head affectionately.


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