love, passion

(noun) any object of warm affection or devotion; “the theater was her first love”; “he has a passion for cock fighting”

love, sexual love, erotic love

(noun) a deep feeling of sexual desire and attraction; “their love left them indifferent to their surroundings”; “she was his first love”


(noun) a strong positive emotion of regard and affection; “his love for his work”; “children need a lot of love”

beloved, dear, dearest, honey, love

(noun) a beloved person; used as terms of endearment


(noun) a score of zero in tennis or squash; “it was 40 love”


(verb) have a great affection or liking for; “I love French food”; “She loves her boss and works hard for him”


(verb) be enamored or in love with; “She loves her husband deeply”

love, enjoy

(verb) get pleasure from; “I love cooking”

Source: WordNet® 3.1

Etymology 1


love (countable and uncountable, plural loves)

(uncountable) Strong affection.

A profound and caring affection towards someone.

A feeling of intense attraction towards someone.

A deep or abiding liking for something; an enthusiasm for something.

(countable) A person who is the object of romantic feelings; a darling, a sweetheart, a beloved.

(colloquial, Commonwealth) A term of friendly address, regardless of feelings.

A thing, activity, etc which is the object of one's deep liking or enthusiasm.

(euphemistic) Sexual desire; attachment based on sexual attraction.

(euphemistic) Sexual activity.

An instance or episode of being in love; a love affair.

Used as the closing, before the signature, of a letter, especially between good friends or family members, or by the young.

Alternative letter-case form of Love (“personification of love”).

(obsolete) A thin silk material.

A climbing plant, Clematis vitalba.


• (darling, sweetheart): baby, darling, lover, pet, sweetheart, honey, love bird; see also sweetheart

• (term of address): mate, lover, darling, sweetie, sweetheart; see also lover

• (sexual desire): aphrodisia, carnality; see also lust

• (sexual activity): coitus, sex, the beast with two backs; see also copulation

• (instance of being in love): romance


• (strong affection): hate, hatred, angst; malice, spite

• (absence of love): indifference


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

(usually, transitive, sometimes intransitive, stative) To have a strong affection for (someone or something).

(transitive) To need, thrive on.

(transitive) To be strongly inclined towards something; an emphatic form of like.

(usually, transitive, sometimes intransitive) To care deeply about, to be dedicated to (someone or something).

(transitive) To derive delight from a fact or situation.

(transitive, euphemistic) To have sex with (perhaps from make love).


• (have a strong affection for): adore, cherish; see also love

• (have sexual intercourse with): enjoy, go to bed with, sleep with; see also copulate with


• hate, despise

Etymology 2


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

(transitive, obsolete or UK dialectal) To praise; commend.

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

Etymology 3


love (uncountable)

(racquet sports, billiards) Zero, no score.


• levo, levo-, velo-, vole, voël

Proper noun

Love (plural Loves)

A surname.

A male given name

A female given name

Cupid, Eros or another personification of love.

An unincorporated community in Kentucky.


• According to the 2010 United States Census, Love is the 385th most common surname in the United States, belonging to 82,873 individuals. Love is most common among White (56.49%) and Black (37.03%) individuals.


• levo, levo-, velo-, vole, voël

Source: Wiktionary

Love, n. Etym: [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. "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.)

Definition: A climbing species of Clematis (C. 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.

Note: 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 (Zoöl.), 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 amicable 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. Etym: [G. liebesgras.] (Bot.) Any grass of the genus Eragrostis.

– Love-in-a-mist. (Bot.) (a) An herb of the Buttercup family (Nigella Damascena) having the flowers hidden in a maze of finely cut bracts. (b) The West Indian Passiflora foetida, 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 Love god, Cupid.

– To make love to, to express affection for; to woo. "If you will marry, make your loves to me." Shak.

– To play for love, to play a game, as at cards, without stakes. "A game at piquet for love." Lamb.


– Affection; friendship; kindness; tenderness; fondness; delight.

Love, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Loved; p. pr. & vb. n. Loving.] Etym: [AS. lufian. 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.

Love, v. i.

Definition: To have the feeling of love; to be in love.

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition


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