love |ləv|noun1 an intense feeling of deep affection: babies fill parents with intense feelings of love | their love fortheir country.• a deep romantic or sexual attachment to someone: it was love at first sight | they were bothin love with her | we were slowly falling in love .• ( Love )a personified figure of love, often represented as Cupid.• a great interest and pleasure in something: his love for football | we share a love of music.• affectionate greetings conveyed to someone on one’s behalf.• a formula for ending an affectionate letter: take care, lots of love, Judy.2 a person or thing that one loves: she was the love of his life | their two great loves are tobacco and whiskey.• Brit. informal a friendly form of address: it’s all right, love.• (a love) Brit. informal used to express affectionate approval for someone: don’t fret, there’s a love.3 (in tennis, squash, and some other sports) a score of zero; nil: love fifteen | he was down two sets to love.[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.]verb [ with obj. ]feel a deep romantic or sexual attachment to (someone): do you love me?• like very much; find pleasure in: I’d love a cup of tea, thanks | I just love dancing | [ as adj., incombination ] (-loving) : a fun-loving girl.PHRASESfor love for pleasure not profit: he played for the love of the game.for the love of God used to express annoyance, surprise, or urgent pleading: for the love of God, get me out of here!for the love of Mike informal used to accompany an exasperated request or to express me, love my dog proverb if you love someone, you must accept everything about them, even their faults or weaknesses.make love 1 have sexual intercourse. 2 (make love to) dated pay amorous attention to (someone).not for love or money informal not for any inducement or in any circumstances: they’ll not return for love or money.there’s no (or little or not much ) love lost between there is mutual dislike between (two or more people mentioned).DERIVATIVESloveworthy |-ˌwərT͟Hē|adjectiveORIGIN Old English lufu, of Germanic origin; from an Indo-European root shared bySanskrit lubhyati ‘desires,’Latin libet ‘it is pleasing,’ libido ‘desire,’ also by leave2 andlief.

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