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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She is survived by her loving husband David Taylor and many family and friends. orlandosentinel.com, "Deaths in Central Florida: 6/13," 13 June 2019 Frankie is a good father, a loving husband, a loyal brother, a supermarket stocker, an all-round decent guy, and, oh yeah, a murdering thief. Matthew Gilbert, BostonGlobe.com, "‘City on a Hill’ isn’t exactly a Boston version of ‘The Wire,’ but it has potential," 12 June 2019 She was predeceased by her loving husband of 50 years, Lionel. sun-sentinel.com, "Deaths in South Florida: 6/9," 9 June 2019 Rita has found a loving new home in the Chicago suburbs. Greg Trotter, chicagotribune.com, "Buick LeSabre rolls on in memory of Mamaw," 21 June 2018 Whitaker grew up in a loving home in Gardena, never knowing the story of how he had been found. Brittny Mejia, latimes.com, "While out for a jog, she discovered a baby buried alive. Twenty years later, they reunite," 17 May 2018 The main purpose is to find loving homes for these animals. Johnny Diaz, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Fontainebleau Miami Beach launches pet adoption program," 11 Apr. 2018 Domingo plays Tish’s father Joseph, a tender, supportive parent to Tish and her sister, and a loving husband to Sharon (Regina King). Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "If Beale Street Could Talk’s Colman Domingo on how movie roles for black men are changing," 14 Dec. 2018 And a loving family that also sticks together also celebrates the really good times. Vogue, "The Ladies of Fuller House Seemed to Stand Behind Lori Loughlin at the Kids’ Choice Awards," 25 Mar. 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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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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