Affectionate

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English

Etymology 1

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

Pronunciation

(UK, US) IPA: /əˈfɛkʃənət/

Adjective

affectionate (comparative more affectionate, superlative most affectionate)

  • 1.Having affection or warm regard; loving; fond; as, an affectionate brother.
  • 2.Proceeding from affection; indicating ove; tender; as, the affectionate care of a parent; affectionate countenance, message, language.

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Etymology 2

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

Pronunciation

IPA: /əˈfɛkʃəneɪt/


Verb

to 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.
  • 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essays, Folio Society 2006, p. 21:
Plutarch saith fitly of those who affectionate themselves to Monkies and little Dogges, that [...etc.]

Latin

Adjective

affectionate

1.vocative masculine singular of affectionatus

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