(rare) To show affection to; to have affection for. (obsolete, reflexive) To emotionally attach (oneself) to.
1.showing, indicating, or characterized by affection or love; fondly tender, an affectionate embrace.
2.having great affection or love; warmly attached; loving, your affectionate brother.
3.Obsolete. strongly disposed or inclined. passionate; headstrong. biased; partisan.
1. having or displaying tender feelings, affection, or warmth, an affectionate mother, an affectionate letter Derived Formsaffectionately, adverbCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
1580s, "fond, loving," from affection + -ate (1). Early, now mostly obsolete, senses included "inclined" (1530s), "prejudiced" (1530s), "passionate" (1540s), "earnest" (c.1600). Other forms also used in the main modern sense of the word included affectious (1580s), affectuous (mid-15c.).
He gave the horse an affectionate slap on the flank and hefted the saddle and bridle to his shoulder.
Right now, any affection would be welcome; and Alex was obviously an affectionate person.
He was courteous to her instead of affectionate, but they were talking — if simple questions and answers could be called conversation.
Nor was the affectionate confidence of the pope misplaced.
With children he was affectionate and gentle, with old people and strangers considerate.
In his private life he was orderly and affectionate to his family and servants.
Again I touch upon the circle of honoured names I must not mention; but I would fain acknowledge his generosity and affectionate interest which make it possible for me to go to college.
With much love and many kisses, from your affectionate little friend, HELEN ADAMS KELLER.
The younger sisters also became affectionate to him, especially the youngest, the pretty one with the mole, who often made him feel confused by her smiles and her own confusion when meeting him.
Rostov went on ahead to do what was asked, and to his great surprise learned that Dolokhov the brawler, Dolokhov the bully, lived in Moscow with an old mother and a hunchback sister, and was the most affectionate of sons and brothers.
Be very nice and affectionate to her: you're younger than she.
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