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[bih-luhv-id, -luhvd] /bɪˈlʌv ɪd, -ˈlʌvd/
greatly loved; dear to the heart.
a person who is greatly loved.
Origin of beloved
1350-1400; Middle English biloved, past participle of biloven to like, love; see be-, love, -ed2
Related forms
prebeloved, adjective, noun
superbeloved, adjective
unbeloved, adjective
1. cherished, precious; sweet, darling. Unabridged
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  • If you and one of your beloved professors actually started to date, it would never be as good as your fantasy.
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  • Take a virtual tour of a chocolate factory and nibble on the history and science of this beloved treat.
  • The brain encourages an intense focus on the beloved through the reward system.
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  • Although this is all appalling to open-source purists, it may not spell the end for their beloved programs.
  • The brother no longer visits the beloved invalid sister.
  • Bringing a beloved champ out of retirement and back into the ring is always dicey.
  • Perugians feared that such measures would turn their beloved city into a museum.
  • It is certainly an emergency situation for our planet's beloved species.
British Dictionary definitions for beloved


/bɪˈlʌvɪd; -ˈlʌvd/
dearly loved
a person who is dearly loved, such as a wife or husband
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for beloved

late 14c., from past participle of verb belove (c.1200), from be- + loven "to love" (see love (v.)). Noun meaning "one who is beloved" is from 1520s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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