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love  (lv)
n.
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.
3.
a. Sexual passion.
b. Sexual intercourse.
c. A love affair.
4. An intense emotional attachment, as for a pet or treasured object.
5. A person who is the object of deep or intense affection or attraction; beloved. Often used as a term of endearment.
6. An expression of ones affection: Send him my love.
7.
a. A strong predilection or enthusiasm: a love of language.
b. The object of such an enthusiasm: The outdoors is her greatest love.
8. Love Mythology Eros or Cupid.
9. often Love Christianity Charity.
10. Sports A zero score in tennis.
v. loved, lov·ing, loves
v.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.
4.
a. To embrace or caress.
b. To have sexual intercourse with.
5. To like or desire enthusiastically: loves swimming.
6. Theology To have charity for.
7. To thrive on; need: The cactus loves hot, dry air.
v.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: Theres no love lost between them.

[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.


love  /lv/  v. [T] loved, loving, loves 1 to like with great intensity: I love my wife with all my heart. 2 to enjoy very much, take great pleasure in: He loves to play golf, but his wife loves gardening.
n. 1 [U] very strong liking and affection: She shows her love for her children every day. 2 [C] strong enjoyment or pleasure: a love of music 3 [C] an endearing person: That little boy is such a love! 4 [U] sexual desire or passion: He is full of love for his new wife. 5 [U] (in tennis) a score of zero 6 a labor of love: a job or project done for idealistic reasons rather than for money: The professor wrote his book on Shakespeare as a labor of love. 7 a love-hate relationship: a strong emotional connection that involves both caring for and disliking s.o.: That couple has a love-hate relationship. 8 Give s.o. my love: say hello for me in a loving way: Give my love to your mother when you see her. 9 neither for love nor money: not for any reason: Neither for love nor money will he give up smoking. 10 to fall or be in love (with s.o.): to begin to feel or to have strong romantic feelings for s.o.: He fell in love with her the moment he saw her; it was love at first sight. 11 to make love: to have sexual intercourse: They made love on their wedding night. love

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