WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
love /lʌv/USA pronunciation n., v., loved, lov•ing.

  • [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.

  • v. 
  • [+ 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.
  • idiom
    1. 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.
    2. Idiomsmake love, [no object] to have sexual relations.

    love•less, adj. 

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    love /lʌv/ vb
    1. (transitive) to have a great attachment to and affection for
    2. (transitive) to have passionate desire, longing, and feelings for
    3. (transitive) to like or desire (to do something) very much
    4. (transitive) to make love to
    5. (intransitive) to be in love
    1. an intense emotion of affection, warmth, fondness, and regard towards a person or thing
    2. (as modifier): love song, love story
    3. a deep feeling of sexual attraction and desire
    4. wholehearted liking for or pleasure in something
    5. God's benevolent attitude towards man
    6. man's attitude of reverent devotion towards God
    7. Also: my love a beloved person: used esp as an endearment
    8. Brit informal a term of address, esp but not necessarily for a person regarded as likable
    9. (in tennis, squash, etc) a score of zero
    10. fall in loveto become in love
    11. for lovewithout payment
    12. for love or money ⇒ (used with a negative) in any circumstances: I wouldn't eat a snail for love or money
    13. for the love offor the sake of
    14. in lovein a state of strong emotional attachment and usually sexual attraction
    15. make loveto have sexual intercourse (with)
    16. archaic to engage in courtship (with)
    Related adjective(s): amatory
    Etymology: Old English lufu; related to Old High German luba; compare also Latin libēre (originally lubēre) to please

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