What does love mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. love(noun)

    a strong positive emotion of regard and affection

    "his love for his work"; "children need a lot of love"

  2. love, passion(noun)

    any object of warm affection or devotion

    "the theater was her first love"; "he has a passion for cock fighting";

  3. beloved, dear, dearest, honey, love(noun)

    a beloved person; used as terms of endearment

  4. love, sexual love, erotic love(noun)

    a deep feeling of sexual desire and attraction

    "their love left them indifferent to their surroundings"; "she was his first love"

  5. love(noun)

    a score of zero in tennis or squash

    "it was 40 love"

  6. sexual love, lovemaking, making love, love, love life(verb)

    sexual activities (often including sexual intercourse) between two people

    "his lovemaking disgusted her"; "he hadn't had any love in months"; "he has a very complicated love life"

  7. love(verb)

    have a great affection or liking for

    "I love French food"; "She loves her boss and works hard for him"

  8. love, enjoy(verb)

    get pleasure from

    "I love cooking"

  9. love(verb)

    be enamored or in love with

    "She loves her husband deeply"

  10. sleep together, roll in the hay, love, make out, make love, sleep with, get laid, have sex, know, do it, be intimate, have intercourse, have it away, have it off, screw, fuck, jazz, eff, hump, lie with, bed, have a go at it, bang, get it on, bonk(verb)

    have sexual intercourse with

    "This student sleeps with everyone in her dorm"; "Adam knew Eve"; "Were you ever intimate with this man?"

GCIDE

  1. Love(n.)

    Sexual intercourse; -- a euphemism.

    Etymology: [OE. love, luve, AS. lufe, lufu; akin to E. lief, believe, L. lubet, libet, it pleases, Skr. lubh to be lustful. See Lief.]

Wiktionary

  1. Love(ProperNoun)

    An English surname.

    Etymology: From the phrase , meaning "nothing".

Webster Dictionary

  1. Love(noun)

    a feeling of strong attachment induced by that which delights or commands admiration; preeminent kindness or devotion to another; affection; tenderness; as, the love of brothers and sisters

    Etymology: [OE. love, luve, AS. lufe, lufu; akin to E. lief, believe, L. lubet, libet, it pleases, Skr. lubh to be lustful. See Lief.]

  2. Love(noun)

    especially, devoted attachment to, or tender or passionate affection for, one of the opposite sex

    Etymology: [OE. love, luve, AS. lufe, lufu; akin to E. lief, believe, L. lubet, libet, it pleases, Skr. lubh to be lustful. See Lief.]

  3. Love(noun)

    courtship; -- chiefly in the phrase to make love, i. e., to court, to woo, to solicit union in marriage

    Etymology: [OE. love, luve, AS. lufe, lufu; akin to E. lief, believe, L. lubet, libet, it pleases, Skr. lubh to be lustful. See Lief.]

  4. Love(noun)

    affection; kind feeling; friendship; strong liking or desire; fondness; good will; -- opposed to hate; often with of and an object

    Etymology: [OE. love, luve, AS. lufe, lufu; akin to E. lief, believe, L. lubet, libet, it pleases, Skr. lubh to be lustful. See Lief.]

  5. Love(noun)

    due gratitude and reverence to God

    Etymology: [OE. love, luve, AS. lufe, lufu; akin to E. lief, believe, L. lubet, libet, it pleases, Skr. lubh to be lustful. See Lief.]

  6. Love(noun)

    the object of affection; -- often employed in endearing address

    Etymology: [OE. love, luve, AS. lufe, lufu; akin to E. lief, believe, L. lubet, libet, it pleases, Skr. lubh to be lustful. See Lief.]

  7. Love(noun)

    cupid, the god of love; sometimes, Venus

    Etymology: [OE. love, luve, AS. lufe, lufu; akin to E. lief, believe, L. lubet, libet, it pleases, Skr. lubh to be lustful. See Lief.]

  8. Love(noun)

    a thin silk stuff

    Etymology: [OE. love, luve, AS. lufe, lufu; akin to E. lief, believe, L. lubet, libet, it pleases, Skr. lubh to be lustful. See Lief.]

  9. Love(noun)

    a climbing species of Clematis (C. Vitalba)

    Etymology: [OE. love, luve, AS. lufe, lufu; akin to E. lief, believe, L. lubet, libet, it pleases, Skr. lubh to be lustful. See Lief.]

  10. Love(noun)

    nothing; no points scored on one side; -- used in counting score at tennis, etc

    Etymology: [OE. love, luve, AS. lufe, lufu; akin to E. lief, believe, L. lubet, libet, it pleases, Skr. lubh to be lustful. See Lief.]

  11. Love(noun)

    to have a feeling of love for; to regard with affection or good will; as, to love one's children and friends; to love one's country; to love one's God

    Etymology: [OE. love, luve, AS. lufe, lufu; akin to E. lief, believe, L. lubet, libet, it pleases, Skr. lubh to be lustful. See Lief.]

  12. Love(noun)

    to regard with passionate and devoted affection, as that of one sex for the other

    Etymology: [OE. love, luve, AS. lufe, lufu; akin to E. lief, believe, L. lubet, libet, it pleases, Skr. lubh to be lustful. See Lief.]

  13. Love(noun)

    to take delight or pleasure in; to have a strong liking or desire for, or interest in; to be pleased with; to like; as, to love books; to love adventures

    Etymology: [OE. love, luve, AS. lufe, lufu; akin to E. lief, believe, L. lubet, libet, it pleases, Skr. lubh to be lustful. See Lief.]

  14. Love(verb)

    to have the feeling of love; to be in love

    Etymology: [OE. love, luve, AS. lufe, lufu; akin to E. lief, believe, L. lubet, libet, it pleases, Skr. lubh to be lustful. See Lief.]

Freebase

  1. Love

    The English word "love" can refer to a variety of different feelings, states, and attitudes, ranging from pleasure to interpersonal attraction. It can refer to an emotion of a strong affection and personal attachment. It can also be a virtue representing human kindness, compassion, and affection—"the unselfish loyal and benevolent concern for the good of another". And it may describe compassionate and affectionate actions towards other humans, one's self or animals. In terms of interpersonal attraction, four forms of love have traditionally been distinguished, based on ancient Greek precedent: the love of kinship or familiarity, the love of friendship, the love of sexual and/or romantic desire, and self-emptying or divine love. Modern authors have distinguished further varieties of romantic love. Non-Western traditions have also distinguished variants or symbioses of these states. This diversity of uses and meanings, combined with the complexity of the feelings involved, makes love unusually difficult to consistently define, compared to other emotional states. Love in its various forms acts as a major facilitator of interpersonal relationships and, owing to its central psychological importance, is one of the most common themes in the creative arts.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Love

    luv, n. fondness: an affection of the mind caused by that which delights: pre-eminent kindness: benevolence: reverential regard: devoted attachment to one of the opposite sex: the object of affection: the god of love, Cupid: (Shak.) a kindness, a favour done: nothing, in billiards, tennis, and some other games.—v.t. to be fond of: to regard with affection: to delight in with exclusive affection: to regard with benevolence.—v.i. to have the feeling of love.—adj. Lov′able, worthy of love: amiable.—ns. Love′-app′le, the fruit of the tomato; Love′bird, a genus of small birds of the parrot tribe, so called from their attachment to each other; Love′-brok′er (Shak.), a third person who carries messages and makes assignations between lovers; Love′-charm, a philtre; Love′-child, a bastard; Love′-day (Shak.), a day for settling disputes; Love′-fā′vour, something given to be worn in token of love; Love′-feast, a religious feast held periodically by certain sects of Christians in imitation of the love-feasts celebrated by the early Christians in connection with the Lord's-supper; Love′-feat, the gallant act of a lover; Love′-in-ī′dleness, the heart's-ease; Love′-juice, a concoction used to excite love; Love′-knot, an intricate knot, used as a token of love.—adj. Love′less, without love, tenderness, or kindness.—ns. Love′-lett′er, a letter of courtship; Love′-lies-bleed′ing, a species of the plant Amaranthus; Love′liness; Love′lock, a lock of hair hanging at the ear, worn by men of fashion in the reigns of Elizabeth and James I.—adj. Love′lorn, forsaken by one's love.—n. Love′lornness.adj. Love′ly, exciting love or admiration: amiable: pleasing: delightful.—adv. beautifully, delightfully.—ns. Love′-match, a marriage for love, not money; Love′-mong′ėr, one who deals in affairs of love; Love′-pō′tion, a philtre; Lov′er, one who loves, esp. one in love with person of the opposite sex, in the singular almost exclusively of the man: one who is fond of anything: (B.) a friend.—adjs. Lov′ered (Shak.), having a lover; Lov′erly, like a lover.—n. Love′-shaft, a dart of love from Cupid's bow.—adjs. Love′-sick, languishing with amorous desire; Love′some, lovely.—ns. Love′-suit (Shak.), courtship; Love′-tō′ken, a gift in evidence of love.—adj. Lov′ing, having love or kindness: affectionate: fond: expressing love.—ns.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. love

    The third rail for Life's Empire State Express. The beginning of all wisdom, all sympathy, all compassion, all art, all religion.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Love

    Affection; in psychiatry commonly refers to pleasure, particularly as it applies to gratifying experiences between individuals.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. LOVE

    A man's insane desire to become a woman's meal-ticket.

Editors Contribution

  1. Love

    Hugs are to let people know you love them Without saying anything.

    Submitted by anonymous on December 7, 2020  
  2. Love

    when you have true feelings for someone

    I love you

    Submitted by anonymous on January 5, 2021  
  3. love

    An attitude, knowing and feeling of connection, respect, and affection to every human being and animal.

    We naturally show love to every human being and animal on the planet.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 29, 2016  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'love' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #666

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'love' in Written Corpus Frequency: #644

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'love' in Nouns Frequency: #270

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'love' in Verbs Frequency: #150

Anagrams for love »

  1. voël, vole

How to pronounce love?

  1. Alex
    Alex
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    Daniel
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    Karen
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    Veena
    Veena
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How to say love in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of love in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of love in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of love in a Sentence

  1. Tom Shields:

    Both sides are treating( Michigan) as though it's absolutely critical, michigan Democrats can't afford to lose it, and Republicans would love to win it.

  2. Whit Honea:

    We treat each visit as a learning opportunity and would love for every zoo and aquarium to focus its entertainment value in education rather than the bells and whistles of cruelty, i have high hopes that SeaWorld's new direction will make that practice commercially viable.

  3. Ovid:

    Let love give way to business; give attention to business and you will be safe.

  4. Arshad Haybat:

    We held this party so people can know that Iraq has this kind of culture, and has these kinds of people who love life and music.

  5. Joe Biden:

    Hallie and I are incredibly lucky to have found the love and support we have for each other in such a difficult time, and that's been obvious to the people who love us most. We've been so lucky to have family and friends who have supported us every step of the way.

Images & Illustrations of love

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