lov·​ing | \ˈlə-viŋ \

Definition of loving 

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lovingly \ˈlə-​viŋ-​lē \ adverb
lovingness noun

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adoring, affectionate, devoted, fond, tender, tenderhearted



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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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As any loving mother would, Ragland had to put him through his paces. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Will Celebrate a Major Milestone at the 2018 Invictus Games," 19 Oct. 2018 Luckily for me, I was blessed to be able to be adopted by two of the most loving parents in the world, my mom and my dad. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "9 Things You Didn’t Know About Jacob Sartorius," 31 July 2018 However, a lot of people wouldn't be willing to give up a space that got the loving touch from Chip and Joanna. Alyssa Fiorentino, House Beautiful, "Poll: If Joanna Gaines Renovated Your House, Would You Keep It Or Sell It?," 24 July 2018 Nicole is survived by her loving parents, Rosanne & Michael DiPrima, her devoted brother, Jake DiPrima, her grandmother, Judith DiPrima along with many aunts, uncles and cousins. Sun-Sentinel.com, "Deaths in South Florida: 1/28," 28 Jan. 2018 The author credits the eventual recovery to the support of a loving family, rosily pictured in this book. Judith Martin, WSJ, "‘Betty Ford’ Review: A Number-One First Lady," 12 Sep. 2018 Thank you my loving @VictoriasSecret family for this amazing gift! Zoe Weiner, Glamour, "Here's Every Model Walking in the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show," 8 Sep. 2018 Billie was pre-deceased by her loving husband, Albert Lester. Sun-Sentinel.com, "Deaths in South Florida: 7/14," 14 July 2018 But her loving husband, Dayton (Charles Browning); their teenage daughter, Keisha (MaYaa Boateng); and especially Beverly’s officious sister, Jasmine (Roslyn Ruff), aren’t being very helpful. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Review: Theater as Sabotage in the Dazzling ‘Fairview’," 17 June 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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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

Other Words from loving

lovingly adverb

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