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NOUN:
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
    1. Sexual passion.
    2. Sexual intercourse.
    3. A love affair.
  3. An intense emotional attachment, as for a pet or treasured object.
  4. A person who is the object of deep or intense affection or attraction; beloved. Often used as a term of endearment.
  5. An expression of one's affection: Send him my love.
    1. A strong predilection or enthusiasm: a love of language.
    2. The object of such an enthusiasm: The outdoors is her greatest love.
  6. Love Mythology Eros or Cupid.
  7. often Love Christianity Charity.
  8. Sports A zero score in tennis.
VERB:
loved, lov·ing, loves
VERB:
tr.
  1. To have a deep, tender, ineffable feeling of affection and solicitude toward (a person): We love our parents. I love my friends.
  2. To have a feeling of intense desire and attraction toward (a person).
  3. To have an intense emotional attachment to: loves his house.
    1. To embrace or caress.
    2. To have sexual intercourse with.
  4. To like or desire enthusiastically: loves swimming.
  5. Theology To have charity for.
  6. To thrive on; need: The cactus loves hot, dry air.
VERB:
intr.
To experience deep affection or intense desire for another.

IDIOMS:
for love
Out of compassion; with no thought for a reward: She volunteers at the hospital for love.
for love or money
Under any circumstances. Usually used in negative sentences: I would not do that for love or money.
for the love of
For the sake of; in consideration for: did it all for the love of praise.
in love
  1. Deeply or passionately enamored: a young couple in love.
  2. Highly or immoderately fond: in love with Japanese painting; in love with the sound of her own voice.
no love lost
No affection; animosity: There's no love lost between them.

ETYMOLOGY:
Middle English, from Old English lufu; see leubh- in Indo-European roots

SYNONYMS:
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.


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