lov·​ing ˈlə-viŋ How to pronounce loving (audio)
lovingly adverb
lovingness noun

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
Recent Examples on the Web Rhonda Nunn, Denise’s neighbor and childhood friend, remembers her as a compassionate and loving girl. Kara Nelson, CNN, 15 Sep. 2023 To the most loving, giving, brilliant man on the planet. Jacklyn Krol, Peoplemag, 15 Sep. 2023 Even with my mom’s addiction and mental health issues and some of the impact that had on me, my mom was also really fun and silly and loving. John Paul Brammer, SELF, 14 Sep. 2023 The album, which will be released this month, is a thoughtful and loving celebration of Y2K dance music—a style that matches the rapturous mood of its songs, which explore the feverish early stages of falling in love. Carrie Battan, The New Yorker, 11 Sep. 2023 And that was expressed to us in a way that felt very genuine and loving. Megan Barnes, ABC News, 3 Sep. 2023 People from the military certainly knew our story, Nicole's name, our names, and that was expressed to us in a way that felt very genuine and loving. ABC News, 3 Sep. 2023 Call it a revisionist revisionist western: Where writers like the late Cormac McCarthy dig into the myth of the Old West to uncork the wells of blood that fueled it, Barry passes through McCarthy’s cyclonic violence to find something tenderer and more loving on the other side. Washington Post Staff, Washington Post, 25 Aug. 2023 In an interview with 60 Minutes, Judy was described as his biggest fan, and their close relationship shows in the loving maternal characters in Adam’s films. Emily Krauser, Peoplemag, 24 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of loving was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Loving.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/loving. Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


: feeling or showing love : affectionate
loving care
a loving glance
lovingly adverb

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