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

Definition of loving

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

Synonyms & Antonyms for loving


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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Less than a year after launching the accounts as a loving gag, Takahashi has built what might amount to the most complete contemporary picture of day-to-day American behavior, a kind of crowdsourced Kinsey report on municipal perversity. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "What Petty Nextdoor Posts Reveal About America," 20 June 2018 But as Lord John Grey and Frank Randall both made abundantly clear earlier in the series, a blood relation isn’t required to be a loving parent. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Outlander's Season 4 Finale Left Us With Some Questions," 28 Jan. 2019 Winter isn’t exactly kind to the moisture-loving areas of your body. Korin Miller, SELF, "8 Ways to Keep Winter From Making Your Dry Eyes Worse," 11 Dec. 2018 Kissel said Doyon came from a strong, supportive, and loving family. Dennis Hohenberger, Courant Community, "Road Race Honors Fallen Sailor," 6 June 2018 Thank you for being so supportive and loving to me, my family and Caryn. Megan Friedman, Good Housekeeping, "Get to Know Matt Roloff's Girlfriend Caryn Chandler," 11 Apr. 2018 Roberta Walker described her son as loving and gentle. Deanna Boyd, star-telegram, "Teen girl who hatched plan for home invasion that left young father dead gets 20 years," 26 Feb. 2018 Eunice will be remembered as a most loving and kind Grandma. courant.com, "Eunice Fitzgibbon Jackson," 9 July 2018 Greyhounds are extremely intelligent, along with being one of the most loving and gentle breeds. Special To Cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "Greyhound moves into the slow lane in new life as couch pet-tato: Send us your pet rescue stories," 5 Apr. 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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