lov·ing | \ˈlə-viŋ \

Definition of loving 

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lovingly \ˈlə-viŋ-lē \ adverb
lovingness noun

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careful, conscientious, fussy, meticulous, painstaking, scrupulous



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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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Lindy John Remigino, 87, passed away at his Newington, Connecticut home on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 in the loving care of his family. courant.com, "Lindy John Remigino," 14 July 2018 Successive surprises and plot turns rip apart the widow’s contemplative life—and her loving family. Francine Prose, WSJ, "Five Best: Francine Prose on Family Troubles," 12 July 2018 Mary Davison Mills, 87, passed away in her sleep Thursday, April 19, 2018 at Savannah Square Health Center, under their loving care and that of Hospice Savannah. Sun-Sentinel.com, "Deaths in South Florida: 4/29," 29 Apr. 2018 Having a loving relationship with your body, a healthy relationship with food, and most importantly, an identity that is NOT about your appearance. Blake Bakkila, Health.com, "This Woman Used to Hold Her Breath to Make Herself Look ‘Fitter’ on Instagram—Here’s Why She’s Not Doing That Anymore," 23 May 2018 The core of our show has been this loving relationship between Bow and Dre, and the comedy has unfolded from that place. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, "Tracee Ellis Ross talks directing 'Black-ish,' Time's Up and dancing in a Drake video," 16 Apr. 2018 Ashley is happier now, in a loving relationship with Tim Donnor, a pipe fitter, who considers all of Ashley’s kids his own. Eric Adler, kansascity, "Hundreds of Missouri’s 15-year-old brides may have married their rapists | The Kansas City Star," 11 Mar. 2018 Even after they are adopted into stable and loving families, children who were initially reared in institutionalized care (such as orphanages) show psychological and biological consequences many years later. Dylan Gee, Vox, "I study kids who were separated from their parents. The trauma could change their brains forever.," 20 June 2018 Billie-Ellen is survived by her loving brother, Harvey Walfish and his wife Missy Koseff Walfish, their son Brett Walfish and his wife Katie Smirnova Walfish, as well as many family members that loved her deeply. Sun-Sentinel.com, "Deaths in South Florida: 7/14," 14 July 2018

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First Known Use of loving

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

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tender loving care

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

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English Language Learners Definition of loving

: feeling or showing love

: very careful and thorough


lov·ing | \ˈlə-viŋ\

Kids Definition of loving

: feeling or showing love or great care a loving glance

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lovingly adverb

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