loving

adjective
lov·​ing | \ ˈlə-viŋ How to pronounce loving (audio) \

Definition of loving

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Other Words from loving

lovingly \ ˈlə-​viŋ-​lē How to pronounce lovingly (audio) \ adverb
lovingness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for loving

Synonyms

adoring, affectionate, devoted, fond, tender, tenderhearted

Antonyms

unloving

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Examples of loving in a Sentence

The old house has undergone a loving restoration. they were a loving family, supporting each other when times were bad

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Frances Muller, 86, of Middletown, wife of the late E. Leroy Muller, died Wednesday July 10, 2019 at her home surrounded by her loving family. courant.com, "Frances Muller," 12 July 2019 Vogel’s family, in a Douglas County Sheriff’s Office news release, described him as a loving husband, father and community servant. Kieran Nicholson, The Denver Post, "Bicyclist killed by hit-and-run driver in Parker is identified; police seek help identifying driver," 9 July 2019 In 2009, Jesse became part of the beloved sitcom Modern Family as Mitchell Pritchett—a gay lawyer, protective father, and loving husband. Selena Barrientos, House Beautiful, "Jesse Tyler Ferguson's Net Worth Proves the 'Modern Family' Star Has Incredible Work Ethic," 8 July 2019 Roger was a loving husband to me, to his son Zachary and a loyal friend to many. Elena Nicolaou, refinery29.com, "Where Is Elizabeth Ailes, Roger Ailes' Wife, Now?," 30 June 2019 Christa Victoria, a vibrant and artistic young woman who was raised by a loving adoptive family in Oakland, Calif., was welcomed back into the Billops fold. New York Times, "Camille Billops, Who Filmed Her Mother-Daughter Struggle, Dies at 85," 9 June 2019 For instance, the idea that women have certain innate characteristics (being loving and nurturing, say) and natural roles that derive from them (wife, mother) is sexist. The Economist, "How to change a word’s meaning," 22 June 2019 The most successful hunter in all of Africa is intelligent and loving, forming intricate social bonds that rival those of primates. Christine Dell'amore, National Geographic, "Hyenas have a bad rap—but they’re Africa’s most successful predator," 14 June 2019 Christa Victoria, a vibrant and artistic young woman who was raised by a loving adoptive family in Oakland, Calif., was welcomed back into the Billops fold. New York Times, "Camille Billops, Who Filmed Her Mother-Daughter Struggle, Dies at 85," 9 June 2019

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First Known Use of loving

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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More Definitions for loving

loving

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of loving

: feeling or showing love
: very careful and thorough

loving

adjective
lov·​ing | \ ˈlə-viŋ\

Kids Definition of loving

: feeling or showing love or great care a loving glance

Other Words from loving

lovingly adverb

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