loved

Your loved ones are the most important people in your life, usually your family members and closest friends. The adjective loved can describe anything you especially cherish.

If you have objects, places, pets, or people in your life that you adore, you know what it means when something is loved. A toddler might insist on bringing her loved teddy bear everywhere. You'll often find this adjective modified by words like "well" or "much," and synonyms include "cherished" and "beloved."

Definitions of loved
  1. adjective
    held dear
    “his loved companion of many years”
    Synonyms:
    admired
    regarded with admiration
    adored, idolised, idolized, worshipped
    regarded with deep or rapturous love (especially as if for a god)
    beloved, darling, dear
    dearly loved
    blue-eyed, fair-haired, white-haired
    favorite
    cherished, precious, treasured, wanted
    characterized by feeling or showing fond affection for
    best-loved, favored, favorite, favourite, pet, preferent, preferred
    preferred above all others and treated with partiality
    wanted
    desired or wished for or sought
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    Antonyms:
    unloved
    not loved
    alienated, estranged
    caused to be unloved
    bereft, lovelorn, unbeloved
    unhappy in love; suffering from unrequited love
    despised, detested, hated, scorned
    treated with contempt
    disinherited
    deprived of your rightful heritage
    jilted, rejected, spurned
    rebuffed (by a lover) without warning
    loveless
    receiving no love
    unwanted
    not wanted; not needed
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