love(luv),USA pronunciationn., v.,loved, lov•ing. n.
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; beloved person; sweetheart.
(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; amour.
Medicinesexual intercourse; copulation.
(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; for pleasure.
without compensation; gratuitously:He took care of the poor for love.
Idiomsfor the love of, in consideration of; 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.
to engage in sexual activity.
Idiomsno love lost, dislike; 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.
bef. 900; (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
1, 2.See corresponding entry in UnabridgedLove,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; it may also imply consecration to a cause.
2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged liking, inclination, regard, friendliness.
21.See corresponding entry in Unabridged like.
22.See corresponding entry in Unabridged adore, adulate, worship.
1, 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged hatred, dislike.
21, 22.See corresponding entry in Unabridged detest, hate.