affectionate

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Partly from Latin affectionatus, partly from affection + -ate.

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affectionate ‎(comparative more affectionate, superlative most affectionate)

  1. (of a person) Having affection or warm regard; loving; fond.
    She eulogised her always warm and affectionate brother.
  2. (of an action, etc.) Characterised by or proceeding from affection; indicating love; tender.
    the affectionate care of a parent; an affectionate countenance; an affectionate message; affectionate language
    • 1900, Charles W. Chesnutt, The House Behind the Cedars, Chapter I,
      Warwick left the undertaker's shop and retraced his steps until he had passed the lawyer's office, toward which he threw an affectionate glance.
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Etymology 2[edit]

Either from the adjective, or from affection + -ate (modelled on Middle French affectionner).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /əˈfɛkʃəneɪt/

Verb[edit]

affectionate ‎(third-person singular simple present affectionates, present participle affectionating, simple past and past participle affectionated)

  1. (rare) To show affection to; to have affection for.
  2. (obsolete, reflexive) To emotionally attach (oneself) to.

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affectionate

  1. vocative masculine singular of affectionatus