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

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

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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
Recent Examples on the Web As the young people continue to sing, the camera pans to a mournful-looking family sitting in bed holding a picture of a teenage boy and a loving mother comforting her son on his bedroom floor. Kc Baker, PEOPLE.com, 13 Sep. 2021 My husband comes from a large, loving, boisterous family. Dallas News, 12 Sep. 2021 In that movie, Constantine played a loving but overprotective father who was immensely proud of his heritage and insisted that virtually all minor physical maladies could be cured with Windex. Andy Rose, CNN, 9 Sep. 2021 The movie has a romantic twist and offers a loving but critical meditation on Black masculinity in the early ’90s from a female perspective. David Sims, The Atlantic, 8 Sep. 2021 Gee’s social media accounts showed a dedicated Marine and a loving friend. Washington Post, 28 Aug. 2021 Acknowledging her mom’s outsized role in her young life, Chow describes a sort of loving but blunt haunting, unceasing but not overbearing. Chris Vognar, USA TODAY, 24 Aug. 2021 What the future holds, no one really knows, but that innocent version of college football everyone grew up loving? Joseph Goodman | Jgoodman@al.com, al, 23 Aug. 2021 Jaggers' mother described her son as loving and friendly who played the saxophone, loved anime and the martial arts. Elaine Aradillas, PEOPLE.com, 31 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of loving

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

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“Loving.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/loving. Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of loving

: feeling or showing love : affectionate
: 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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