v) KEY NOUN:
- A deep, tender, ineffable feeling of affection and solicitude toward a person, such as that arising from kinship, recognition of attractive qualities, or a sense of underlying oneness.
- A feeling of intense desire and attraction toward a person with whom one is disposed to make a pair; the emotion of sex and romance.
- Sexual passion.
- Sexual intercourse.
- A love affair.
- An intense emotional attachment, as for a pet or treasured object.
- A person who is the object of deep or intense affection or attraction; beloved. Often used as a term of endearment.
- An expression of one's affection: Send him my love.
- A strong predilection or enthusiasm: a love of language.
- The object of such an enthusiasm: The outdoors is her greatest love.
- Love Mythology Eros or Cupid.
- often Love Christianity Charity.
- Sports A zero score in tennis.
, loves VERB: tr.
- To have a deep, tender, ineffable feeling of affection and solicitude toward (a person): We love our parents. I love my friends.
- To have a feeling of intense desire and attraction toward (a person).
- To have an intense emotional attachment to: loves his house.
- To embrace or caress.
- To have sexual intercourse with.
- To like or desire enthusiastically: loves swimming.
- Theology To have charity for.
- To thrive on; need: The cactus loves hot, dry air.
IDIOMS: for love
- To experience deep affection or intense desire for another.
for love or money
- Out of compassion; with no thought for a reward: She volunteers at the hospital for love.
for the love of
- Under any circumstances. Usually used in negative sentences: I would not do that for love or money.
- For the sake of; in consideration for: did it all for the love of praise.
no love lost
- Deeply or passionately enamored: a young couple in love.
- Highly or immoderately fond: in love with Japanese painting; in love with the sound of her own voice.
- No affection; animosity: There's no love lost between them.
Middle English, from Old English lufu
; see leubh-
in Indo-European rootsSYNONYMS: love, affection, devotion, fondness, infatuation
These nouns denote feelings of warm personal attachment or strong attraction to another person. Love
is the most intense: marrying for love. Affection
is a less ardent and more unvarying feeling of tender regard: parental affection. Devotion
is earnest, affectionate dedication and implies selflessness: teachers admired for their devotion to children. Fondness
is strong liking or affection: a fondness for small animals. Infatuation
is foolish or extravagant attraction, often of short duration: lovers blinded to their differences by their mutual infatuation.