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Wiktionary

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Etymology 1

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

Pronunciation

Adjective

affectionate (comparative more affectionate, superlative most affectionate)

Positive
affectionate

Comparative
more affectionate

Superlative
most affectionate

  1. Having affection or warm regard; loving; fond; as, an affectionate brother.
  2. Proceeding from affection; indicating love; 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

Infinitive
to affectionate

Third person singular
affectionates

Simple past
affectionated

Past participle
affectionated

Present participle
affectionating

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.]

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