passionate

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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
pas•sion•ate /ˈpæʃənɪt/USA pronunciation   adj. 
  1. of or relating to passion:a passionate defense of the rights of the oppressed.
  2. easily aroused to or influenced by sexual desire:a passionate lover.
pas•sion•ate•ly, adv.: He believed passionately in his cause.See -pass-2.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
pas•sion•ate  (pashə nit),USA pronunciation adj. 
  1. having, compelled by, or ruled by intense emotion or strong feeling;
    fervid:a passionate advocate of socialism.
  2. easily aroused to or influenced by sexual desire;
    ardently sensual.
  3. expressing, showing, or marked by intense or strong feeling;
    emotional:passionate language.
  4. intense or vehement, as emotions or feelings:passionate grief.
  5. easily moved to anger;
    quick-tempered;
    irascible.
passion•ate•ly, adv. 
passion•ate•ness, n. 
  • Medieval Latin passiōnātus, equivalent. to Late Latin passiōn- passion + Latin -ātus -ate1
  • late Middle English 1375–1425
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged excitable, emotional, impulsive, zealous.
    • 1, 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged
    • 4.See corresponding entry in Unabridged ardent, impassioned, excited, fervent, warm, enthusiastic, earnest, glowing, burning, fiery;
      animated, impetuous, violent.
    • 5.See corresponding entry in Unabridged testy, choleric, hasty, short-tempered, fiery, hotheaded.
    • 1, 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged –5. cool, calm.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
passionate /ˈpæʃənɪt/ adj
  1. manifesting or exhibiting intense sexual feeling or desire: a passionate lover
  2. capable of, revealing, or characterized by intense emotion
  3. easily roused to anger; quick-tempered

ˈpassionately adv
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Collocations: a passionate [lover, partner, wife, husband, boyfriend, girlfriend], had a passionate [romance, affair, relationship] (with), were [embroiled, involved, caught up in] a passionate [romance], more...

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