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Meaning of love by Wiktionary Dictionary

love


    Pronunciation

    • ( UK, US ) IPA: /lʌv/, X-SAMPA: /lVv/
    • Rhymes: -ʌv

    Etymology 1

    From Middle English love, luve, from Old English lufu ( “love, affection, desire” ), from Proto-Germanic *lubō ( “love” ), from Proto-Indo-European *lewbʰ-, *leubʰ- ( “love, care, desire” ). Cognate with Old Frisian luve ( “love” ), Old High German luba ( “love” ). Related to Old English lēof ( “dear, beloved” ), līefan ( “to allow, approve of” ), Latin libet, lubō ( “to please” ) and Albanian lyp ( “to beg, ask insistently” ), lips ( “to be demanded, needed” ) .

    The closing-of-a-letter sense is presumably a truncation of With love or the like .

    Noun

    love ( countable and uncountable; plural: loves )

    1. ( uncountable ) An intense feeling of affection and care towards another person .
      A mother’s love is not easily shaken .
    2. ( uncountable ) A deep or abiding liking for something .
      My love of cricket knows no bounds .
    3. ( uncountable ) A profound and caring attraction towards someone .
      Your love is the most important thing in my life .
    4. ( countable ) The object of one’s romantic feelings; a darling or sweetheart
      I met my love by the gasworks wall .
    5. ( colloquial ) A term of friendly address, regardless of feelings .
      Hello, love, how can I help you?
    6. ( euphemistic ) A sexual desire; sexual activity
      She give me love and I feel alright - Tommy James and the Shondells, Mony Mony, 1968
    7. Used as the closing, before the signature, of a letter, especially between good friends or family members, or by the young .
    Synonyms
    • ( darling, sweetheart ): baby, darling, lover, pet, sweetheart, honey, love bird
    • ( term of address ): mate, lover. darling, sweety
    Antonyms

    Verb

    love ( third-person singular simple present loves present participle loving, simple past and past participle loved )

    1. ( transitive ) To have a strong affection for .
      I love my spouse .
      I love you .
    2. ( transitive ) To need, thrive on .
      Mold loves moist, dark places .
    3. ( transitive, colloquial ) To be strongly inclined towards something; an emphatic form of like .
      I love walking barefoot on wet grass .
      I'd love to join the team .
      I love what you've done with your hair .
    4. ( transitive ) To care deeply about, to be dedicated to .
      "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. " ( John 3:16 )
      "You shall love the Lord your God with your whole heart, and your whole mind, and your whole soul; you shall love your neighbor as yourself." ( Matt. 22:37-38 )
    5. ( transitive ) To derive delight from a fact or situation .
      I love the fact that the coffee shop now offers fat-free chai latte .
    6. ( transitive ) To lust for .
    7. ( transitive, euphemistic ) To have sex with, ( perhaps from make love. )
      I wish I could love her all night long .
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    Etymology 2

    From Middle English loven, lovien, from Old English lofian ( “to praise, exalt, appraise, value” ), from Proto-Germanic *lubōnan ( “to praise, vow” ), from Proto-Indo-European *leubʰ- ( “to like, love, desire” ). Cognate with Scots love, lofe ( “to praise, honour, esteem” ), Dutch loven ( “to praise” ), German loben ( “to praise” ), Swedish lova ( “to promise, pledge” ), Icelandic lofa ( “to promise” ). 参考 lofe .

    Verb

    love ( third-person singular simple present loves present participle loving, simple past and past participle loved )

    1. ( transitive, obsolete or UK dialectal ) To praise; commend .
    2. ( transitive, obsolete or UK dialectal ) To praise as of value; prize; set a price on .

    Etymology 3

    From the phrase Neither for love nor for money, meaning "nothing" .

    The previously held belief that it originated from the French term l’œuf ( “the egg” ), due to its shape, is no longer widely accepted .

    Noun

    love ( uncountable )

    1. ( racquet sports ) zero, no score .
      So that’s fifteen-love to Kournikova .

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    Anagrams

    • voël
    • vole


Explanation of love by Wordnet Dictionary

love


    Verb
    1. have sexual intercourse with

    2. have a great affection or liking for

    3. I love French food
      She loves her boss and works hard for him
    4. be enamored or in love with

    5. She loves her husband deeply
    6. get pleasure from

    7. I love cooking
    Noun
    1. sexual activities ( often including sexual intercourse ) between two people

    2. his lovemaking disgusted her
      he hadn't had any love in months
      he has a very complicated love life
    3. any object of warm affection or devotion

    4. the theater was her first love
    5. a deep feeling of sexual desire and attraction

    6. their love left them indifferent to their surroundings
      she was his first love
    7. a strong positive emotion of regard and affection

    8. his love for his work
      children need a lot of love
    9. a beloved person

    10. a score of zero in tennis or squash

    11. it was 40 love


    Definition of love by GCIDE Dictionary

    love


    1. Love ( lŭv ), n. [OE. love, luve, AS. lufe, lufu; akin to E. lief, believe, L. lubet, libet, it pleases, Skr. lubh to be lustful. See Lief.]
      1. A feeling of strong attachment induced by that which delights or commands admiration; preëminent kindness or devotion to another; affection; tenderness; as, “the love of brothers and sisters”.

      Of all the dearest bonds we prove

      Thou countest sons' and mothers' love

      Most sacred, most Thine own. Keble.

      2. Especially, devoted attachment to, or tender or passionate affection for, one of the opposite sex.

      He on his side

      Leaning half-raised, with looks of cordial love

      Hung over her enamored. Milton.

      3. Courtship; -- chiefly in the phrase to make love, i. e., to court, to woo, to solicit union in marriage.

      Demetrius . . .

      Made love to Nedar's daughter, Helena,

      And won her soul. Shak.

      4. Affection; kind feeling; friendship; strong liking or desire; fondness; good will; -- opposed to hate; often with of and an object.

      Love, and health to all. Shak.

      Smit with the love of sacred song. Milton.

      The love of science faintly warmed his breast. Fenton.

      5. Due gratitude and reverence to God.

      Keep yourselves in the love of God. Jude 21.

      6. The object of affection; -- often employed in endearing address; as, “he held his love in his arms; his greatest love was reading”. “Trust me, love.” Dryden.

      Open the temple gates unto my love. Spenser.

      7. Cupid, the god of love; sometimes, Venus.

      Such was his form as painters, when they show

      Their utmost art, on naked Lores bestow. Dryden.

      Therefore do nimble-pinioned doves draw Love. Shak.

      8. A thin silk stuff. [Obs.] Boyle.

      9. ( Bot. ) A climbing species of Clematis ( Clematis Vitalba ).

      10. Nothing; no points scored on one side; -- used in counting score at tennis, etc.

      He won the match by three sets to love. The Field.

      11. Sexual intercourse; -- a euphemism.

      ☞ Love is often used in the formation of compounds, in most of which the meaning is very obvious; as, love-cracked, love-darting, love-killing, love-linked, love-taught, etc.

      A labor of love, a labor undertaken on account of regard for some person, or through pleasure in the work itself, without expectation of reward. -- Free love, the doctrine or practice of consorting with one of the opposite sex, at pleasure, without marriage. See Free love. -- Free lover, one who avows or practices free love. -- In love, in the act of loving; -- said esp. of the love of the sexes; as, “to be in love; to fall in love”. -- Love apple ( Bot. ), the tomato. -- Love bird ( Zool. ), any one of several species of small, short-tailed parrots, or parrakeets, of the genus Agapornis, and allied genera. They are mostly from Africa. Some species are often kept as cage birds, and are celebrated for the affection which they show for their mates. -- Love broker, a person who for pay acts as agent between lovers, or as a go-between in a sexual intrigue. Shak. -- Love charm, a charm for exciting love. Ld. Lytton. -- Love child. an illegitimate child. Jane Austen. -- Love day, a day formerly appointed for an amic
      able adjustment of differences. [Obs.] Piers Plowman. Chaucer. -- Love drink, a love potion; a philter. Chaucer. -- Love favor, something given to be worn in token of love. -- Love feast, a religious festival, held quarterly by some religious denominations, as the Moravians and Methodists, in imitation of the agapæ of the early Christians. -- Love feat, the gallant act of a lover. Shak. -- Love game, a game, as in tennis, in which the vanquished person or party does not score a point. -- Love grass. [G. liebesgras.] ( Bot. ) Any grass of the genus Eragrostis. -- Love-in-a-mist. ( Bot. ) An herb of the Buttercup family ( Nigella Damascena ) having the flowers hidden in a maze of finely cut bracts. The West Indian Passiflora fœtida, which has similar bracts. -- Love-in-idleness ( Bot. ), a kind of violet; the small pansy.

      A little western flower,

      Before milk-white, now purple with love's wound;

      And maidens call it love-in-idleness. Shak.

      -- Love juice, juice of a plant supposed to produce love. Shak. -- Love knot, a knot or bow, as of ribbon; -- so called from being used as a token of love, or as a pledge of mutual affection. Milman. -- Love lass, a sweetheart. -- Love letter, a letter of courtship. Shak. -- Love-lies-bleeding ( Bot. ), a species of amaranth ( Amarantus melancholicus ). -- Love match, a marriage brought about by love alone. -- Love potion, a compounded draught intended to excite love, or venereal desire. -- Love rites, sexual intercourse. Pope -- Love scene, an exhibition of love, as between lovers on the stage. -- Love suit, courtship. Shak. -- Of all loves, for the sake of all love; by all means. [Obs.] “Mrs. Arden desired him of all loves to come back again.” Holinshed. -- The god of love, or The Love godLove ( lŭv ), n. [OE. love, luve, AS. lufe, lufu; akin to E. lief, believe, L. lubet, libet, it pleases, Skr. lubh to be lustful. See Lief.]
      1. A feeling of strong attachment induced by that which delights or commands admiration; preëminent kindness or devotion to another; affection; tenderness; as, “the love of brothers and sisters”.

      Of all the dearest bonds we prove

      Thou countest sons' and mothers' love
    2. Love ( lŭv ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Loved ( lŭvd ); p. pr. & vb. n. Loving.] [AS. lufian. √124. See Love, n.]
      1. To have a feeling of love for; to regard with affection or good will; as, “to love one's children and friends; to love one's country; to love one's God.”

      Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. Matt. xxii. 37.

      Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thy self. Matt. xxii. 39.

      2. To regard with passionate and devoted affection, as that of one sex for the other.

      3. To take delight or pleasure in; to have a strong liking or desire for, or interest in; to be pleased with; to like; as, “to love books; to love adventures.”

      Wit, eloquence, and poetry.

      Arts which I loved. Cowley.

    3. Love, v. i. To have the feeling of love; to be in love.