- 1A strong feeling of 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, ardour, desire, lust, yearning, infatuation, adulation, besottednesscompassion, care, caring, regard, solicitude, concern, warmth, friendliness, friendship, kindness, charity, goodwill, sympathy, kindliness, altruism, philanthropy, unselfishness, benevolence, brotherliness, sisterliness, fellow feeling, humanityrelationship, love affair, affair, romance, liaison, affair of the heart, intrigue, 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 strong feeling of affection and sexual attraction for someone: they were both in love with her we were slowly falling in loveMore example sentences
besotted with, infatuated with, enamoured of, love-struck by, smitten with, passionate about, with a passion for, consumed with desire for; captivated by, bewitched by, enthralled by, entranced by; devoted to, doting on• informal mad/crazy/nuts/wild/potty about, bowled over by, carrying a torch forNorth American • informal twitterpated by
- 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.
- 1.2Affectionate greetings conveyed to someone on one’s behalf: give her my loveMore 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.
- 1.3A 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 great interest and pleasure in something: his love for football we share a love of musicMore example sentences
- 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.
- 3 [count noun] A person or thing that one loves: she was the love of his life their two great loves are tobacco and whiskyMore 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.
- 3.1British • 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!
- 3.2 (a love) • informal Used in affectionate requests: 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.
- 4(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]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 deep affection or sexual love for (someone): do you love me?More example sentences
be in love with, be infatuated with, be smitten with, be besotted with, be passionate about; care very much for, feel deep affection for, hold very dear, adore, think the world of, be devoted to, dote on, cherish, worship, idolize, treasure, prize• informal be mad/crazy/nuts/wild/potty about, have a pash on, carry a torch for
- 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 or enjoy very much: I’d love a cup of tea I just love dancingMore example sentences
like very much, delight in, enjoy greatly, have a passion for, take great pleasure in, derive great pleasure from, have a great liking for, be addicted to, relish, savour; have a weakness for, be partial to, have a soft spot for, have a taste for, be taken with, have a predilection for, have a proclivity for, have a penchant for• informal get a kick from/out of, have a thing about/for, be mad for/about, be crazy/nuts/wild/potty about, be hooked on, go a bundle on, get off on, get a buzz from/out of
- 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 rather than 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 accompany an urgent request or to express annoyance or surprise: 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
- British • informal Used to accompany an exasperated request or to express dismay: for the love of Mike take off those shoes!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.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: one of the young men makes love to a village girl in the morning they made loveMore example sentences
have sex, have sexual intercourse, go to bed (together), sleep togetherBritish • informal bonk, do it, make whoopee, get one's oatsNorth American • informal get it on• vulgar slang fuck, screw, shag, hump, do the business, have it away/off• dated couple
- 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 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 (the people mentioned): there’s no love lost between Scott and meMore 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.