Love, defined.



\ ˈləv  \

Definition of love

1a(1)strong affection for another arising out of kinship or personal ties maternal love for a child

(2)attraction based on sexual desire affection and tenderness felt by lovers After all these years, they are still very much in love.

(3)affection based on admiration, benevolence, or common interests love for his old schoolmates

ban assurance of affection give her my love

2warm attachment, enthusiasm, or devotion love of the sea

3athe object of attachment, devotion, or admiration baseball was his first love

b(1)a beloved person DARLING —often used as a term of endearment

(2)British —used as an informal term of address

4aunselfish loyal and benevolent (see BENEVOLENTsense 1a) concern for the good of another: such as

(1)the fatherly concern of God for humankind

(2)brotherly concern for others

ba person's adoration of God

5a god (such as Cupid or Eros) or personification of love

6an amorous episode LOVE AFFAIR

7the sexual embrace COPULATION

8a score of zero (as in tennis)

9capitalized,  Christian Science GOD

at love

holding one's opponent scoreless in tennis

in love

inspired by affection



\ ˈləv  \


Definition of love 

transitive verb

1to hold dear CHERISH

2ato feel a lover's passion, devotion, or tenderness for


(2)to fondle amorously

(3)to copulate with

3to like or desire actively take pleasure in loved to play the violin

4to thrive in the rose loves sunlight

intransitive verb

to feel affection or experience desire



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