WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
love /lʌv/USA pronunciation
n., v., loved, lov•ing. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
[uncountable] a deep, tender, passionate affection for another person, esp. when based on sexual attraction.
[uncountable] a feeling of warm personal attachment or deep affection:a mother's love for her child; love of one's country.
[countable] a person toward whom love is felt:He is the love of my life.
[countable] a love affair.
[countable] a strong enthusiasm or liking:a love of books.
[countable] the object of such liking or enthusiasm:The theater was her first love.
Sport[uncountable] a score of zero, as in tennis.
[~ + object] to have love or affection for:He loves her dearly.
to have a strong liking for: [~ + object]to love music.[~ + verb-ing]She loves playing tennis.[~ + to + verb]They love to go camping.
[no object] to feel the emotion of love:After the tragedy he felt he couldn't love again.
- Idiomsin love (with), having or feeling deep affection or passion (for): [no object]I'm glad you're in love.[~ + object]She's in love with me.
- Idiomsmake love, [no object] to have sexual relations.
(luv), n., v., loved, lov•ing.
a profoundly tender, passionate affection for another person.
a feeling of warm personal attachment or deep affection, as for a parent, child, or friend.
sexual passion or desire.
a person toward whom love is felt;
(used in direct address as a term of endearment, affection, or the like):Would you like to see a movie, love?
a love affair; an intensely amorous incident;
(cap.) a personification of sexual affection, as Eros or Cupid.
affectionate concern for the well-being of others:the love of one's neighbor.
strong predilection, enthusiasm, or liking for anything:her love of books.
the object or thing so liked:The theater was her great love.
the benevolent affection of God for His creatures, or the reverent affection due from them to God.
Sport[Chiefly Tennis.]a score of zero; nothing.
a word formerly used in communications to represent the letter L.
- out of affection or liking;
Idiomsfor the love of, in consideration of;
- without compensation;
gratuitously:He took care of the poor for love.
for the sake of:For the love of mercy, stop that noise.
Idiomsin love, infused with or feeling deep affection or passion:a youth always in love.
Idiomsin love with, feeling deep affection or passion for (a person, idea, occupation, etc.); enamored of:in love with the girl next door;
in love with one's work.
- to embrace and kiss as lovers.
Idiomsno love lost, dislike;
- to engage in sexual activity.
animosity:There was no love lost between the two brothers.
to have love or affection for:All her pupils love her.
to have a profoundly tender, passionate affection for (another person).
to have a strong liking for; take great pleasure in:to love music.
to need or require;
benefit greatly from:Plants love sunlight.
to embrace and kiss (someone), as a lover.
to have sexual intercourse with.
to have love or affection for another person; be in love.
love up, to hug and cuddle:She loves him up every chance she gets.
Love, affection, devotion all mean a deep and enduring emotional regard, usually for another person. Love may apply to various kinds of regard: the charity of the Creator, reverent adoration toward God or toward a person, the relation of parent and child, the regard of friends for each other, romantic feelings for another person, etc. Affection is a fondness for others that is enduring and tender, but calm. Devotion is an intense love and steadfast, enduring loyalty to a person;
(noun, nominal) Middle English;
Old English lufu, cognate with Old Frisian luve, Old High German luba, Gothic lubō;
(verb, verbal) Middle English lov(i)en, Old English lufian;
cognate with Old Frisian luvia, Old High German lubōn to love, Latin lubēre (later libēre) to be pleasing;
akin to lief
it may also imply consecration to a cause.2 . liking, inclination, regard, friendliness.21 . like.22 . adore, adulate, worship.
ant'> 1, 2 .
hatred, dislike.21, 22 .
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love /lʌv/ vb
- (transitive) to have a great attachment to and affection for
- (transitive) to have passionate desire, longing, and feelings for
- (transitive) to like or desire (to do something) very much
- (transitive) to make love to
- (intransitive) to be in love
- an intense emotion of affection, warmth, fondness, and regard towards a person or thing
- (as modifier): love song, love story
- a deep feeling of sexual attraction and desire
- wholehearted liking for or pleasure in something
- God's benevolent attitude towards man
- man's attitude of reverent devotion towards God
- Also: my love a beloved person: used esp as an endearment
- Brit informal a term of address, esp but not necessarily for a person regarded as likable
- (in tennis, squash, etc) a score of zero
- fall in love ⇒ to become in love
- for love ⇒ without payment
- for love or money ⇒ (used with a negative) in any circumstances: I wouldn't eat a snail for love or money
- for the love of ⇒ for the sake of
- in love ⇒ in a state of strong emotional attachment and usually sexual attraction
- make love ⇒ to have sexual intercourse (with)
- archaic to engage in courtship (with)
Related adjective(s): amatoryEtymology: Old English lufu; related to Old High German luba; compare also Latin libēre (originally lubēre) to please
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