Meaning of “affectionate” in the English Dictionary

"affectionate" in British English

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affectionateadjective

uk /əˈfek.ʃən.ət/ us /əˈfek.ʃən.ət/
affectionately
adverb uk /əˈfek.ʃən.ət.li/ us /əˈfek.ʃən.ət.li/

She smiled affectionately at him.

(Definition of “affectionate” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"affectionate" in American English

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affectionateadjective

/əˈfek·ʃə·nət/

showing feelings of liking someone or something, esp. by touching, kissing, etc.:

an affectionate child
affectionately
adverb us /əˈfek·ʃə·nət·li/

He was affectionately known as "Bobo."

(Definition of “affectionate” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)