Meaning of “passionate” in the English Dictionary

"passionate" in British English

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uk /ˈpæʃ.ən.ət/ us /ˈpæʃ.ən.ət/

B2 having very strong feelings or emotions:

a passionate speech
a passionate kiss/embrace
The Italians are said to be the most passionate people in Europe.
The child's mother made a passionate plea for help.
Joe is passionate about baseball (= he likes it very much).

More examples

  • They had a passionate courtship and a long, loving marriage.
  • It was a passionate and often stormy relationship.
  • Behind that cold exterior there's a passionate man.
  • What is very clear in these letters is Clark's passionate hatred of his father.
  • The priest delivered a passionate sermon against war.
uk /ˈpæʃ.ən.ə us /ˈpæʃ.ə.nɪ


I walked into the room and found them kissing passionately.
Ann has always believed passionately in women's rights.

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

"passionate" in American English

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us /ˈpæʃ·ə·nət/

full of emotion:

a passionate speech
adverb us /ˈpæʃ·ə·nət·li/

He really cares passionately about getting students to stay in school.

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