a profoundly tender, passionate affection for another person.2.a feeling of warm personal attachment or deep affection, as for aparent, child, or friend.3.sexual passion or desire.4.a person toward whom love is felt; beloved person; sweetheart.
5.(used in direct address as a term of endearment, affection, or thelike):Would you like to see a movie, love?6.a love affair; an intensely amorous incident; amour.7.
sexual intercourse; copulation.verb (used with object), loved, loving.15.to have love or affection for:All her pupils love her.16.to have a profoundly tender, passionate affection for (anotherperson).17.to have a strong liking for; take great pleasure in:to love music.
18.to need or require; benefit greatly from:Plants love sunlight.19.to embrace and kiss (someone), as a lover.20.to have sexual intercourse with.verb (used without object), loved, loving.21.
to have love or affection for another person; be in love.Verb phrases22.love up, to hug and cuddle:She loves him up every chance she gets.
Idioms23.for love,out of affection or liking; for pleasure.without compensation; gratuitously:He took care of the poor for love.24.for the love of, in consideration of; for the sake of:For the love of mercy, stop that noise.
25.in love, infused with or feeling deep affection or passion:a youth always in love.26.in 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.27.make love,to embrace and kiss as lovers.
to engage in sexual activity.28.no love lost, dislike; animosity:There was no love lost between the two brothers.
Origin of loveExpandMiddle EnglishOld English900before 900; (noun) Middle English; Old English lufu, cognate with OldFrisian luve, Old High German luba, Gothic lub?; (v.) Middle Englishlov(i)en, Old English lufian; cognate with Old Frisian luvia, Old HighGerman lub?n to love, Latin lub?re (later lib?re) to be pleasing; akin to liefRelated formsExpandoutlove, verb (used with object), outloved, outloving.overlove, verb, overloved, overloving.SynonymsExpandSee more synonyms on Thesaurus.com1.
tenderness, fondness, predilection, warmth, passion, adoration. 1, 2.Love, affection, devotion all mean a deep and enduring emotional regard,usually for another person. Love may apply to various kinds of regard: thecharity 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 othersthat is enduring and tender, but calm. Devotion is an intense love andsteadfast, enduring loyalty to a person; it may also imply consecration to acause. 2. liking, inclination, regard, friendliness.
15. like. 16. adore,adulate, worship.AntonymsExpand1, 2. hatred, dislike.
15, 16. detest, hate.Dictionary.com UnabridgedBased on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.Cite This SourceExamples from the Web for loveExpandContemporary Examples”I love my job and I love my city and I am committed to the work here,” he said in a statement.The Golden State Preps for the ‘Red Wedding’ of Senate Races David Freedlander January 9, 2015 You just travel light with carry-on luggage, go to cities that you love, and get to hang out with all your friends.
Coffee Talk with Fred Armisen: On ‘Portlandia,’ Meeting Obama, and Taylor Swift’s Greatness Marlow Stern January 7, 2015 And we have a lot of great guests this season: Greta Gerwig, Natasha Lyonne, Olivia Wilde, Steve Buscemi is back—I love that guy.Coffee Talk with Fred Armisen: On ‘Portlandia,’ Meeting Obama, and Taylor Swift’s Greatness Marlow Stern January 7, 2015 It upsets me because I used to really, and still do sometimes, love the articles Salon writes.Patton Oswalt on Fighting Conservatives With Satire William O’Connor January 6, 2015 He talked about his love for his daughters, Taelor and Sydni, who were still very young at the time.
Remembering ESPN’s Sly, Cocky, and Cool Anchor Stuart Scott Stereo Williams January 4, 2015 Historical ExamplesIt had the pure and placid expression of the human soul, when it dwells in love and peace.Philothea Lydia Maria Child I fly to seek a kindlier sphere, Since thou hast ceased to love me here.Philothea Lydia Maria Child I believe he has given the Athenians philtres to make them love him.Philothea Lydia Maria Child This so excited the admiration of Speusippus, that a love of philosophy was kindled within him.Philothea Lydia Maria Child Though younger than myself, she reciprocated the love she had inspired.
Philothea Lydia Maria Child British Dictionary definitions for loveExpandlove/l?v/verb1.(transitive) to have a great attachment to and affection for2.(transitive) to have passionate desire, longing, and feelings for3.(transitive) to like or desire (to do something) very much4.
(transitive) to make love to5.(intransitive) to be in lovenoun6.an intense emotion of affection, warmth, fondness, and regard towards a person or thing(as modifier): love song, love story7.a deep feeling of sexual attraction and desire8.wholehearted liking for or pleasure in something9.(Christianity)God’s benevolent attitude towards manman’s attitude of reverent devotion towards God10.Also my love.
a beloved person: used esp as an endearment11.(Brit, informal) a term of address, esp but not necessarily for a person regarded as likable12.(in tennis, squash, etc) a score of zero13.fall in love, to become in love14.for love, without payment15.(used with a negative) for love or money, in any circumstances: I wouldn’t eat a snail for love or money16.
for the love of, for the sake of17.in love, in a state of strong emotional attachment and usually sexual attraction18.make loveto have sexual intercourse (with)(archaic) to engage in courtship (with)relatedadjective amatoryWord OriginOld English lufu; related to Old High German luba; compare also Latin lib?re (originally lub?re) to pleaseCollins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition© William Collins Sons & Co.
Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012Cite This SourceWord Origin and History for loveExpandn.Old English lufu “love, affection, friendliness,” from Proto-Germanic *lubo(cf. Old High German liubi “joy,” German Liebe “love;” Old Norse, OldFrisian, Dutch lof ; German Lob “praise;” Old Saxon liof, Old Frisian liaf, Dutch lief, Old High German liob, German lieb, Gothic liufs “dear,beloved”). The Germanic words are from PIE *leubh- “to care, desire, love” (cf. Latinlubet, later libet “pleases;” Sanskrit lubhyati “desires;” Old ChurchSlavonic l’ubu “dear, beloved;” Lithuanian liaupse “song of praise”).”Even now,” she thought, “almost no one remembers Esteban andPepita but myself. Camilla alone remembers her Uncle Pio and herson; this woman, her mother.
But soon we shall die and all memoryof those five will have left the earth, and we ourselves shall be lovedfor a while and forgotten. But the love will have been enough; allthose impulses of love return the love that made them. Evenmemory is not necessary for love. There is a land of the living and aland of the dead and the bridge is love, the only survival, the onlymeaning.” Thornton Wilder, “Bridge of San Luis Rey,” 1927Meaning “a beloved person” is from early 13c. The sense “no score” (intennis, etc.) is 1742, from the notion of “playing for love,” i.
e. “fornothing” (1670s). Phrase for love or money “for anything” is attested from1580s. Love seat is from 1904.
Love-letter is attested from mid-13c.;love-song from early 14c. To fall in love is attested from early 15c. To bein love with (someone) is from c.1500. To make love is from 1570s in thesense “pay amorous attention to;” as a euphemism for “have sex,” it isattested from c.
1950. Love life “one’s collective amorous activities” is from1919, originally a term in psychological jargon. Love affair is from 1590s.
The phrase no love lost (between two people) is ambiguous and was used17c. in reference to two who love each other well (c.1640) as well as twowho have no love for each other (1620s).