[mass noun]
  • A strong feeling of affection: babies fill parents with intense feelings of love, their love for their country
  • A strong feeling of affection and sexual attraction for someone:they were both in love with her, we were slowly falling in love
  • Affectionate greetings conveyed to someone on one’s behalf:give her my love
  • A formula for ending an affectionate letter:take care, lots of love, Judy
  • A great interest and pleasure in something:his love for footballwe share a love of music
  • [count noun] a person or thing that one loves:she was the love of his lifetheir two great loves are tobacco and whisky
  • British informal a friendly form of address:it’s all right, love
  • (A love) informal used in affectionate requests:don‘t fret, there’s a love
  • (in tennis, squash, and some other sports) a score of zero; nil:love fifteen[apparently from the phrase play for love (i.e. the love of the game, not for money); folk etymology has connected the word with French l’oeuf ‘egg’, from the resemblance in shape between an egg and a zero]


[with object]
  • Feel deep affection or sexual love for (someone): do you love me?
  • Like or enjoy very much: I’d love a cup of tea, I just love dancing

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