What does love mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. lovenoun

    a strong positive emotion of regard and affection

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

  2. love, passionnoun

    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, lovenoun

    a beloved person; used as terms of endearment

  4. love, sexual love, erotic lovenoun

    a deep feeling of sexual desire and attraction

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

  5. lovenoun

    a score of zero in tennis or squash

    "it was 40 love"

  6. sexual love, lovemaking, making love, love, love lifeverb

    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. loveverb

    have a great affection or liking for

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

  8. love, enjoyverb

    get pleasure from

    "I love cooking"

  9. loveverb

    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, bonkverb

    have sexual intercourse with

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

GCIDE

  1. Lovenoun

    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. Lovenoun

    An English surname.

    Etymology: From the phrase , meaning "nothing".

Webster Dictionary

  1. Lovenoun

    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. Lovenoun

    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. Lovenoun

    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. Lovenoun

    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. Lovenoun

    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. Lovenoun

    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. Lovenoun

    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. Lovenoun

    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. Lovenoun

    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. Lovenoun

    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. Lovenoun

    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. Lovenoun

    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. Lovenoun

    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. Loveverb

    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

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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. Henry David Thoreau, Wednesday, A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers:

    Ignorance and bungling with love are better than wisdom and skill without.

  2. Sophocles:

    One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life That word is love.

  3. Andy Stenning/Mirrorpix/Getty Images -RRB- McGrady:

    It’s great that the younger generation will actually get to see this statue and sort of hear stories about her. All too often the people who make a difference in our lives just disappear and never get heard of. I love the idea of this. It’s a long time coming.

  4. Lauren Hortin:

    Love isn’t easy but you should fight for it

  5. Don Cheadle:

    Each time Chadwick Boseman stepped on the set, Chadwick Boseman inspired and influenced everyone there, and with every role, Chadwick Boseman created a new legion of fans. Chadwick Boseman had an incredible power to unify people and their love for Chadwick Boseman work and their respect for Chadwick Boseman as a person. The way Chadwick Boseman lived Chadwick Boseman life united people behind a higher purpose, and that will be Chadwick Boseman legacy.

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