1 : a feeling of strong or constant affection for a person motherly/maternal love fatherly/paternal love See More Examplesbrotherly/sisterly love Children need unconditional love from their parents.Hide

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2 : attraction that includes sexual desire : the strong affection felt by people who have a romantic relationship a declaration of love He was just a lonely man looking for love. See More Examplesromantic love unrequited love After all these years, they"re still very much in love (with each other). <=they still love each other>Hide
3 : a person you love in a romantic way a lost love You never forget your first love. <=the first person you loved in a romantic way> He was her one true love. = He was the love of her life.
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.
4a : unselfish loyal and benevolent (see benevolent sense 1a) concern for the good of another: such as
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Synonyms & Antonyms for love

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Noun Mr. Brown seems to imply that when he retired he relinquished her love as casually as he dispensed with her secretarial services. — Ken Follett, New York Times Book Review, 27 Dec. 1987 … Eddie sees Vince"s pure love of pool, and after years of thinking of the game as merely a hustle, the older man suddenly falls back in love with the game himself. — Maureen Dowd, New York Times Magazine, 28 Sept. 1986 Aunt Polly knelt down and prayed for Tom so touchingly, so appealingly, and with such measureless love in her words and her old trembling voice, that he was weltering in tears again, long before she was through. — Mark Twain, Tom Sawyer, 1876 Allworthy thus answered: " … I have always thought love the only foundation of happiness in a married state, as it can only produce that high and tender friendship which should always be the cement of this union … " — Henry Fielding, Tom Jones, 1749 Children need unconditional love from their parents. He was just a lonely man looking for love. Verb People loved him for his brashness and talent, his crazy manglings of the English language, his brawling, boyish antics … and I loved him, too, I loved him as much as anyone in the world. — Paul Auster, Granta, Winter 1994 Lying awake, listening to the sound of his father"s breathing, he knew there was no one in the world he loved so much. — William Maxwell, New Yorker, 15 May 1989 I love either rushing off into abstractions, or shamelessly talking personalities. — Elizabeth Bowen, letter, 28 Apr. 1923 "Nay," said Elizabeth, "this is not fair. You wish to think all the world respectable, and are hurt if I speak ill of any body. I only want to think you perfect, and you set yourself against it. Do not be afraid of my running into any excess, of my encroaching on your privilege of universal good will. You need not. There are few people whom I really love, and still fewer of whom I think well." — Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice, 1813 She obviously loves her family very much. You have to love in order to be loved. He swore that he loved her madly. She said she could never marry a man she didn"t love.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Presented as a lonely soul who was unable to find lasting love, Mui at first drifts through a doomed relationship with Japanese singer Yuki Godo, a fictional name given to a character based on Kondo Masahiko and played by Ayumu Nakajima. — Richard Kuipers, Variety, 14 Oct. 2021 In August, Hill unveiled a new tattoo that celebrated his dedication to body positivity and self-love. — Toyin Owoseje, CNN, 14 Oct. 2021 Last month, Hill shared another message of self-love in the form of a new tattoo. — Katie Campione, PEOPLE.com, 13 Oct. 2021 Villeneuve’s deep love of nature, his craving to be in contact with it, came from his maternal grandmother. — New York Times, 13 Oct. 2021 One of the most powerful things that has ever changed people’s minds is love. — Amanda Paulson, The Christian Science Monitor, 12 Oct. 2021 The book will follow her efforts to find herself, her perfect life, and — hopefully — love. — Seija Rankin, EW.com, 12 Oct. 2021 The books’ spines say love, courage, peace, racial dignity, faith and hope. — Martin E. Comas, orlandosentinel.com, 11 Oct. 2021 Bonds of love, friendship and even rivalry make boundaries crumble like eroding chalk cliffs. — Boyd Tonkin, WSJ, 11 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb On one hand, the people who have them generally love them, and carry them as symbols full of meaning, memories and artistry. — Wayne And Wanda, Anchorage Daily News, 3 Oct. 2021 There were at least two plays Nolan would love to have back, both critical in the game. — oregonlive, 3 Oct. 2021 Who doesn"t love a cute dog in an even cuter sweater, and all the better when the styles include extra practical features for their hoomans, like a buckle that attaches to leashes. — Nina Huang, PEOPLE.com, 2 Oct. 2021 Patriots Most teams would love to go 10-6, win a division crown and reach the second round of the playoffs. — Nate Davis, USA TODAY, 2 Oct. 2021 These flowers love the cooler temperatures and are grown in milder climates. — Katarina Avendano, Good Housekeeping, 1 Oct. 2021 What’s not to love about this photograph of Martina Navratilova and Billie Jean King at Wimbledon in July? — Dawn Ennis, Forbes, 28 Sep. 2021 The Seahawks can"t afford to fall to 1-3, but the 49ers would really love to avoid going to 2-2. — Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, 28 Sep. 2021 Just based off of the positive feedback on Jimmie"s latest dancing Instagram post, fans would love to see the country singer get his groove on. — Chaise Sanders, Country Living, 27 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of love


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for love

Noun and Verb

Middle English, from Old English lufu; akin to Old High German luba love, Old English lēof dear, Latin lubēre, libēre to please