WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2014
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.
- [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.
- in 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.
- make love, [no object] to have sexual relations.
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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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