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loving

[ luhv-ing ]
/ ˈlʌv ɪŋ /
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adjective

feeling or showing love; warmly affectionate; fond: loving glances.

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Nearby words

lovesick, lovesome, lovestruck, lovey, lovey-dovey, loving, loving cup, loving-kindness, lovingest, lovingly, low

Origin of loving

before 1000; Middle English lovyng; replacing Middle English lovende, Old English lufiende. See love, -ing2
Related formslov·ing·ly, adverblov·ing·ness, nounnon·lov·ing, adjectiveun·lov·ing, adjective

Definition for loving (2 of 2)

Origin of love

before 900; (noun) Middle English; Old English lufu, cognate with Old Frisian luve, Old High German luba, Gothic lubō; (v.) Middle English lov(i)en, Old English lufian; cognate with Old Frisian luvia, Old High German lubōn to love, Latin lubēre (later libēre) to be pleasing; akin to lief
SYNONYMS FOR love
1, 2 Love, affection, devotion all mean a deep and enduring emotional regard, usually for another person. Love may apply to various kinds of regard: the charity of the Creator, reverent adoration toward God or toward a person, the relation of parent and child, the regard of friends for each other, romantic feelings for another person, etc. Affection is a fondness for others that is enduring and tender, but calm. Devotion is an intense love and steadfast, enduring loyalty to a person; it may also imply consecration to a cause.
2 liking, inclination, regard, friendliness.
15 like.
16 adore, adulate, worship.
Related formsout·love, verb (used with object), out·loved, out·lov·ing.o·ver·love, verb, o·ver·loved, o·ver·lov·ing.
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British Dictionary definitions for loving (1 of 2)

loving

/ (ˈlʌvɪŋ) /

adjective

feeling, showing, or indicating love and affection
Derived Formslovingly, adverblovingness, noun

British Dictionary definitions for loving (2 of 2)

love

/ (lʌv) /

verb

noun

Related formsRelated adjective: amatory

Word Origin for love

Old English lufu; related to Old High German luba; compare also Latin libēre (originally lubēre) to please
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Idioms and Phrases with loving (1 of 2)

loving


see tender loving care.

Idioms and Phrases with loving (2 of 2)

love


In addition to the idioms beginning with love

  • love affair
  • love at first sight

also see:

  • all's fair in love and war
  • course of true love
  • fall in love
  • for the love of
  • labor of love
  • make love
  • misery loves company
  • no love lost
  • not for love or money
  • puppy love
  • somebody up there loves me
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