love1 W1S1 [lʌv] v
1¦(romantic attraction)¦
2¦(care about)¦
5 I love it!
6 somebody's going to love something
1.) ¦(ROMANTIC ATTRACTION)¦ [T not in progressive]
to have a strong feeling of ↑affection for someone, combined with sexual attraction
I love you, Tracy.
He was the only man she had ever loved.
2.) ¦(CARE ABOUT)¦ [T not in progressive]
to care very much about someone, especially a member of your family or a close friend
I love my grandad so much.
I've always loved children.
In 1941, her much-loved sister was killed in an accident.
Many people feel guilty after the death of a loved one .
3.) ¦(LIKE/ENJOY)¦ [T]
to like something very much or enjoy doing something very much
I love carrots.
Jeff loves his work.
I love the way she sings that song.
Amy had always loved New York.
love doing sth
I love going out to restaurants.
love to do sth
We all love to talk about ourselves.
I'd love to (do sth)
spoken (=used to say that you would really like to do something)
'Would you like to come swimming with us?' 'I'd love to.'
I'd have loved to have stayed till the end.
I'd love to know just why they did that.
4.) ¦(LOYALTY)¦ [T not in progressive]
to have a strong feeling of loyalty to your country, an institution etc
Dad's always loved the navy.
5.) I love it!
spoken used when you are amused by something, especially by someone else's mistake or bad luck
'And then her boyfriend walked in and saw her kissing Ray.' 'I love it!'
6.) sb's going to love sth
a) used to say that someone will enjoy something
Listen guys, you're going to love this.
b) used to say that someone will not be pleased about something
I'm going to love telling him we've changed our minds again.
love 2
love2 W1S1 n
1¦(for family/friends)¦
3¦(person you love)¦
5 make love (to/with somebody)
6 send/give your love (to somebody)
7 love (from somebody)/lots of love/all my love
8 (my) love
9 be a love and ... / ... there's a love
10 there is no love lost between somebody and somebody
12 not for love or/nor money
13 love triangle
14 for the love of God
[: Old English; Origin: lufu]
a strong feeling of caring about someone, especially a member of your family or a close friend
≠ ↑hate, hatred ↑hatred
What these kids need is love and support.
love for
a mother's love for her child
2.) ¦(ROMANTIC)¦[U]
a strong feeling of liking someone a lot combined with sexual attraction
love for
Their love for each other grew deeper every day.
be/fall in love (with sb)
I think I'm falling in love with Tom.
very much in love/madly in love/head over heels in love
Tara is madly in love with you.
When Lynne met Derek, it was love at first sight (=they loved each other the first time they saw each other) .
a beautiful love song (=a song about romantic love)
It's a love story (=a book, film etc about romantic love) .
true love
(=strong romantic love that remains for ever)
someone that you feel a strong romantic and sexual attraction to
He was her first love .
the love of your life
(=the person that you feel or felt the most love for)
a) [singular, U]
a strong feeling of pleasure and enjoyment that something gives you
love of/for
my love of nature
He had a great love of music.
I fell in love with Amsterdam the very first time I visited the city.
something that gives you a lot of pleasure and enjoyment
Sailing was her great love.
5.) make love (to/with sb)
a) to have sex with someone that you love
b) old use to say ↑loving things to someone, to kiss them etc
6.) send/give your love (to sb)
or send/give sb your love
to ask someone to give your ↑loving greetings to someone else when they see them, write to them etc
Aunt Mary sends her love.
7.) love (from sb)/lots of love/all my love
written used at the end of a letter to a friend, a member of your family, or someone you love
See you soon. Lots of love, Clare.
8.) (my) love
BrE spoken informal
a) a word used when you are talking to someone you love
= ↑darling
'Hello, love,' said her father.
b) a friendly way of talking to someone who you do not know, especially to a woman or child. Many women consider this to be impolite or offensive
What's your name, love?
9.) be a love and ... / ... there's a love
BrE spoken used when you are asking someone, especially children and members of your family, to do something
Give these to your sisters, there's a love.
10.) there is no love lost between sb and sb
if there is no love lost between two people, they dislike each other
11.) ¦(TENNIS)¦[U]
an expression meaning 'no points', used in the game of tennis
12.) not for love or/nor money informal
if you cannot get something or do something for love or money, it is impossible to obtain or to do
I can't get hold of that book for love nor money.
13.) love triangle
a situation in which someone is having a sexual relationship with the partner of a close friend - used especially in newspapers
14.) for the love of God
old-fashioned spoken used to show that you are extremely angry, disappointed etc
a labour of love atlabour1 (4)

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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