- 1An intense feeling of deep affection: babies fill parents with intense feelings of love their love for their countryMore example sentences
deep affection, fondness, tenderness, warmth, intimacy, attachment, endearment; devotion, adoration, doting, idolization, worship; passion, ardor, desire, lust, yearning, infatuation, besottednesscompassion, care, caring, regard, solicitude, concern, friendliness, friendship, kindness, charity, goodwill, sympathy, kindliness, altruism, unselfishness, philanthropy, benevolence, fellow feeling, humanityrelationship, love affair, romance, liaison, affair of the heart, amour
- That year he moved to London but his love for Wales was strong and he eventually settled permanently there.
- His love for children and affection for the sick have endeared him to all.
- My brother, and his real, strong love for me that was able to pull me back into the world I know.
- 1.1A deep romantic or sexual attachment to someone: it was love at first sight they were both in love with her we were slowly falling in loveMore example sentences
become infatuated with, give/lose one's heart to• informal fall for, be bowled over by, be swept off one's feet by, develop a crush ondevoted to, doting on• informal mad/crazy/nuts/wild about
- She did not overtly try to attract Edgar, but he was still falling in love with her.
- He unexpectedly finds himself falling in love with a young refugee.
- Falling in love with Maria, he comes to question rigid definitions of masculine and feminine.
- 1.2 (Love) A personified figure of love, often represented as Cupid.More example sentences
- Dante stands on the left, led by Love who bends to kiss Beatrice.
- 1.3A great interest and pleasure in something: his love for football we share a love of musicMore example sentences
liking of/for, enjoyment of, appreciation of/for, taste for, delight for/in, relish of, passion for, zeal for, appetite for, zest for, enthusiasm for, keenness for, fondness for, soft spot for, weakness for, bent for, proclivity for, inclination for, disposition for, partiality for, predilection for, penchant for
- Willie was the local historian, a very popular man who had a great interest and love of his locality.
- I had a great interest and love of music, and music was always a part of the family, but no one had ever pursued it.
- You'll need to read this book to taste his love of the hurley, the alley and hurling itself.
- 1.4Affectionate greetings conveyed to someone on one’s behalf.More example sentences
- Big Hugs to Tamsin. I'm sending all my love and best wishes to Tamsin who goes in for her operation today.
- We also send our best love to you and the children all wish that they were going on the same ship as their Father.
- Now, I don't know her, but my heart goes out to her, and I'm sending my love.
- 1.5A formula for ending an affectionate letter: take care, lots of love, JudyMore example sentences
- All the very very best to you Tom, and lots of love from Charlie.
- Hmmm nothing of any import to say so I will sign off again, lots of love.
- Looking forward to seeing you soon, Lots of love, Grannie
- 2A person or thing that one loves: she was the love of his life their two great loves are tobacco and whiskeyMore example sentences
- By the end of the trip I knew she had two loves; her son and her carpets.
- This tale of country folk, their loves and hates, their customs, is like a prescription for our troubled age.
- The prolific writer spent his life combining his two great loves - writing and the Lake District.
- 2.1British • informal A friendly form of address: it’s all right, loveMore example sentences
- It's alright my love you are safe with me.
- It's alright my love, what you want to know I'll tell you. Ask me.
- It's alright my love! I'm here! Everything will be just fine!
- 2.2 (a love) British • informal Used to express affectionate approval for someone: don’t fret, there’s a loveMore example sentences
- "Don't choke 'im, there's a love".
- "Emily, my dear," said the spinster aunt, with a patronising air, "don't talk so loud, love."
- Stop complaining about free speech and don't be a hypocrite, 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]More example sentences
- More so in the second set where Jones held four out of five service games at love.
- To come back from two sets to love and win it is an awesome feeling.
- The running tennis score of each of the games is expressed in a style peculiar to tennis: score in a game from zero to three points is represented as zero (or "love"), fifteen, thirty, and forty correspondingly.
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- 1Feel a deep romantic or sexual attachment to (someone): do you love me?More example sentences
- He truly did love her, and deep down he knew his family would too, but he was still nervous.
- Though you tried to deny it, you must trust your heart that deep inside you love him.
- A part of me hoped that deep down he really did love me for that.
- 1.1Like very much; find pleasure in: I’d love a cup of tea, thanks I just love dancing [as adjective, in combination]: (-loving) a fun-loving girlMore example sentences
like very much, delight in, enjoy greatly, have a passion for, take great pleasure in, derive great pleasure from, relish, savor; have a weakness for, be partial to, have a soft spot for, have a taste for, be taken with• informal get a kick out of, have a thing about, be mad/crazy/nuts/wild about, be hooked on, get off on
- Sarah loves the outdoors and enjoys swimming, surfing, gardening, cooking and camping.
- But thousands of ordinary people would love the chance to enjoy opera more fully.
- What we do is for people who really love his music.
- For pleasure not profit: he played for the love of the gameMore example sentences
- Did anyone seriously imagine that he was managing England for love rather than money?
- It's not a lot of money, so we do it for love, we do it because we have this commitment.
- And Jeff loved what he did, and he did it for love, not money.
for the love of God
- Used to express annoyance, surprise, or urgent pleading: for the love of God, get me out of here!More example sentences
- If I should ever be in a vegetative state and kept alive on life support, please, for the love of God, don't ever show me in that condition on national television.
- Please, for the love of God, TELL ME WHAT YOU SAID!
- And if you do break down, for the love of God, PUSH YOUR CAR INTO THE EMERGENCY LANE.
for the love of Mike
- • informal Used to accompany an exasperated request or to express dismay.More example sentences
- 'Cut it out and just take some normal pictures, for the love of Mike.’
- He's my man-servant, not a plutocrat, for the love of Mike!
- Forget pounds - why, for the love of Mike would you want to work with pounds?
love me, love my dog
- • proverb If you love someone, you must accept everything about them, even their faults or weaknesses.More example sentences
- I'm one of those people who has taken to heart the old saying "love me, love my dog."
the love that dare not speak its name
- Used to refer to a preference or practice reɡarded as unacceptable or taboo: a fondness for nuclear power was the love that dare not speak its name among green campaignersMore example sentences
- Redistribution remains the policy that dare not speak its name.
- On the other side, immigration is the issue that dare not speak its name.
- I have fallen prey to the love that dare not speak its name: I am in the thrall of a music that is not cool, never will be cool, and never has been cool.
- 1Have sexual intercourse.More example sentences
- She no longer wants to make love, whereas before we had a very good sex life.
- The idea was that parents loved each other, got married, made love, and babies resulted.
- Being gay means that the ordinary relationship between making love and having children is severed.
not for love or money
- • informal Not for any inducement or in any circumstances: they’ll not return for love or moneyMore example sentences
- He has taken on an unselfish task, not for love or money, for the first time in his life.
- This compromise I would not make, not for love or money or threats of a lonely old age.
- Some guitars you don't let go, not for love or money… and this is one of them.
there's no (or little or not much) love lost between
- There is mutual dislike between (two or more people mentioned).More example sentences
- There is little love lost between them, although mutual respect burns strongly.
- Certainly there will be no love lost between not only the players of these two clubs, but also between the two teams' coaching staffs.
- The fact that there is no love lost between champion and contender has added spice to their battles in recent years; they respect each other, of course, but that's about the limit of their mutual feelings.
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- The world has lost one of the greatest, most prolific, most original and most loveworthy mathematicians of all time.
- I've only met you the one time, but I thought you seemed like a very loveworthy person.
- The two twentieth-century theologians describe God with the German word, liebenswürdig, which nicely communicates the notion that God is both lovely and loveworthy.