love

Definitions

  • Love. Modern Neapolitan
    Love. Modern Neapolitan
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v love have sexual intercourse with "This student sleeps with everyone in her dorm","Adam knew Eve","Were you ever intimate with this man?"
    • v love have a great affection or liking for "I love French food","She loves her boss and works hard for him"
    • v love be enamored or in love with "She loves her husband deeply"
    • v love get pleasure from "I love cooking"
    • n love 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"
    • n love any object of warm affection or devotion; "the theater was her first love","he has a passion for cock fighting"
    • n love a deep feeling of sexual desire and attraction "their love left them indifferent to their surroundings","she was his first love"
    • n love a strong positive emotion of regard and affection "his love for his work","children need a lot of love"
    • n love a beloved person; used as terms of endearment
    • n love a score of zero in tennis or squash "it was 40 love"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

LOVE'S ENDURANCE LOVE'S ENDURANCE
I love little Pussy I love little Pussy
"I love that old man, and wish him awful well." "I love that old man, and wish him awful well."
The Lion in Love The Lion in Love
There Was a Lady Loved a Swine music There Was a Lady Loved a Swine music
THERE WAS A LADY LOVED A SWINE THERE WAS A LADY LOVED A SWINE
Tis here the children love to come Tis here the children love to come
"HOW I LOVE YOU, MR. STUBBS!" "HOW I LOVE YOU, MR. STUBBS!"

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Women who are romance novel readers are reported to make love 74% more often with their partners than women who do not read romance novels.
    • Love (Bot) A climbing species of Clematis Clematis Vitalba).
    • Love A feeling of strong attachment induced by that which delights or commands admiration; preëminent kindness or devotion to another; affection; tenderness; as, the love of brothers and sisters. "Of all the dearest bonds we prove
      Thou countest sons' and mothers' love Most sacred, most Thine own."
    • Love A thin silk stuff.
    • Love Affection; kind feeling; friendship; strong liking or desire; fondness; good will; -- opposed to hate; often with of and an object. "Love , and health to all.""Smit with the love of sacred song.""The love of science faintly warmed his breast."
    • Love Courtship; -- chiefly in the phrase to make love, i. e., to court, to woo, to solicit union in marriage. "Demetrius . . . Made love to Nedar's daughter, Helena,
      And won her soul."
    • Love Cupid, the god of love; sometimes, Venus. "Such was his form as painters, when they show
      Their utmost art, on naked Lores bestow."
      "Therefore do nimble-pinioned doves draw Love ."
    • Love Due gratitude and reverence to God. "Keep yourselves in the love of God."
    • Love Especially, devoted attachment to, or tender or passionate affection for, one of the opposite sex. "He on his side
      Leaning half-raised, with looks of cordial love Hung over her enamored."
    • Love Nothing; no points scored on one side; -- used in counting score at tennis, etc. "He won the match by three sets to love ."
    • Love Sexual intercourse; -- a euphemism.
    • Love The object of affection; -- often employed in endearing address; as, he held his love in his arms; his greatest love was reading. "Trust me, love .""Open the temple gates unto my love ."
    • Love 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. "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.""Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thy self."
    • v. i Love To have the feeling of love; to be in love.
    • Love To regard with passionate and devoted affection, as that of one sex for the other.
    • Love 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. "Wit, eloquence, and poetry.
      Arts which I loved ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In China, September 20 is "Love Your Teeth Day."
    • love To regard with a strong feeling of affection; hold dear; have a strong regard for.
    • love Specifically, to regard (one of the opposite sex) with the admiration and devotion characteristic of the sexual relation; be in love with.
    • love To have a strong liking, craving, or appetite for; like; take pleasure in; delight in: followed by a noun or an infinitive.
    • love To caress; show affection by caresses: a childish use of the word.
    • love To have strong affection; especially, to be passionately attached to one of the opposite sex.
    • n love The principle of sympathetic or pleasurable attraction in sentient and thinking beings; that feeling of predilection or solicitude for, or delight in, certain individuals or classes, principles, qualities, or things, which excites a strong desire or craving for the welfare, companionship, possession, enjoyment, or promotion of its object or objects; the yearning desire (whether right or perverted) for what is thought to be best in any relation or from any point of view. In its purest and most universal form, love is regarded in the highest conception of God as the essence of divinity.
    • n love Intimate personal affection between individuals of opposite sex capable of intermarriage; the emotional incentive to and normal basis of conjugal union: as, to be in love; to marry for love.
    • n love A beloved person; an object of affectionate interest, as a sweetheart or a husband or wife: often also used in address as a term of endearment.
    • n love [capitalized] A personification of the passion of love; sexual attraction imagined as an independent power external to its subject: applied especially to Cupid (more properly Amor) or Eros, the classical god of love, and more rarely to Venus or Aphrodite, the goddess of love.
    • n love An embodiment or a representation of Cupid; one of a class of beings poetically imagined as devoted to the interests of lovers, and depicted as winged boys.
    • n love Gratification of a sexual passion or desire, as in an illicit relation.
    • n love A kindness; something done in token of love.
    • n love A thin silk stuff. One variety, soft and translucent, was used for veils. See love-ribbon.
    • n love In some games, nothing: a term indicating that no points have been scored: as, the game was two, love (that is, two points on one side and nothing on the other); love all (all the players have failed to score).
    • n love An old game in which one holds up one or more fingers, and another, without looking, guesses at the number.
    • n love The plant Clematis Vitalba, the virgin's-bower or traveler's-joy.
    • n love Synonyms and Love, Liking, Predilection, Attachment, Affection, Fondness, Devotion; friendship, kindness, tenderness, delight, partiality, charity (theological). As between persons, love is the most general of these words, covering much the widest range, both in degree and in kind. Liking is the weakest. Predilection goes a little further, but is only a preparatory liking or readiness to love. Attachment has much of the notion implied in its derivation; it is a love that binds one to another, an unwillingness to be separated. Affection is generally a regulated and conscious love or attachment; it goes deeper than attachment. Attachment and especially affection are often the refined and mellowed fruit of the passion of love. Fondness, originally a foolish tenderness, is not yet altogether redeemed from that idea; it may be an unreasoning and doting attachment, and is never very high in quality. Devotion is a sort of consecration or dedication to the object of one's feeling, an intense loyalty, as to a superior—a constant service. See esteem.
    • love To praise; commend.
    • love To praise as of value; prize; set a price on.
    • n love In Tasmania, the blue-creeper, Comesperma volubile.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Two out of five people end up marrying their first love
    • n Love luv 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:
    • v.t Love to be fond of: to regard with affection: to delight in with exclusive affection: to regard with benevolence
    • v.i Love to have the feeling of love
    • adv Love beautifully, delightfully
    • n Love luv (Shak.) a kindness, a favour done: nothing, in billiards, tennis, and some other games
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Quotations

  • Jean De La Fontaine
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    “Rare as is true love, true friendship is rarer.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Friendship is love with understanding.”
  • A Course In Miracles
    A Course In Miracles
    “Teach only love for that is what you are.”
  • St. Thomas Aquinas
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    “Well-ordered self-love is right and natural.”
  • Aristotle
    Aristotle
    “Wicked men obey from fear; good men, from love.”
  • Ti-Grace Atkinson
    Ti-Grace Atkinson
    “Love is the victim's response to the rapist.”

Idioms

All's fair in love and war - This idiom is used to say that where there is conflict, people can be expected to behave in a more vicious way.
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Cupboard love - (UK) To show love to gain something from someone
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Face only a mother could love - When someone has a face only a mother could love, they are ugly.
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For the love of Pete - Usually used in exasperation, as in 'Oh, for the love of Pete!'
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Head over heels in love - When someone falls passionately in love and is intoxicated by the feeling has fallen head over heels in love.
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Labor of love - A labor of love is a project or task undertaking for the interest or pleasure in doing it rather than the reward, financial or otherwise.
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Labour of love - A labour of love is a project or task undertaking for the interest or pleasure in doing it rather than the reward, financial or otherwise.
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Lord love a duck - An exclamation used when nothing else will fit. Often fitting when one is stunned or dismayed.
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Love begets love - If you behave lovingly to another person, that person will behave lovingly to you.
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Love is blind - If you love someone, it doesn't matter what they look like. You will also overlook faults.
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Love me, love my dog - If you love someone, you should accept everything about them and the people they like.
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No love lost - If there is no love lost between two people they have a strong enmity towards or hate for the other and make no effort to conceal it.
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Puppy love - Puppy love is love between two very young people.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. love, luve, AS. lufe, lufu,; akin to E. lief, believe, L. lubet, libet, it pleases, Skr. lubh, to be lustful. See Lief
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. lufu, love; Ger. liebe; cf. L. libet, lubet.

Usage

In literature:

I did love you, and do love you as truly as any man ever loved a woman.
"The Vicar of Bullhampton" by Anthony Trollope
The best of man's love is selfish, and we exchange love for love.
"Saronia" by Richard Short
He loved her because he loved her; he loved her for her faults.
"The Hero" by William Somerset Maugham
He did love her, love her adoringly, as he loved what was great and lofty in art.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
Really love her as a lover ought to love?
"Ainslee's, Vol. 15, No. 6, July 1905" by Various
I love thee, I love thee, I love thee!
"The Art of Disappearing" by John Talbot Smith
An' Love must 'ave give an' take of Love, or else Love's got to die!
"The Dop Doctor" by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
Women did not write in that strain to men whom they loved, or had ever loved ... even passably well.
"Robert Orange" by John Oliver Hobbes
He makes love to God and love to our neighbor the same love.
"Epistle Sermons, Vol. II" by Martin Luther
It turned out to be love; just love!
"Operas Every Child Should Know" by Mary Schell Hoke Bacon
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In poetry:

"Tell him--love, with speech at strife,
For last utterance saith:
I, who loved with all my life,
Love with all my death."
"Messages" by Francis Thompson
You loved me at our wedding: I
Loved some one else: and after that
I never cast a loving eye
On others: you — well, tit for tat!
"After the Golden Wedding (Three Soliloquies)" by James Kenneth Stephen
To give you always stars above,
And always roses on the bough--
But then the Tree's own root is Love,
Love, love, all love, I vow.
"A New Year Letter" by Richard Le Gallienne
Ah, love is deathless! we do cheat
Ourselves who say that we forget
Old fancies: last love may be sweet,
First love is sweeter yet.
"First Love" by George Frederick Cameron
This love is sweet to have and hold,
Better than sandalwood or gold,
After the barren, bitter loves,
The mad and mournful loves of old.
"Ecstasy" by Clark Ashton Smith
O Land of sunshine, song, and Love!
Whether thy children reap or sow,
Of Love they chant on hills above,
Of Love they sing in vale below.
"The Door Of Humility" by Alfred Austin

In news:

Themes of life and love get a minimalist, yet updated, treatment in the one-acts 'Tongues' and 'Savage Love.
Boise Mayor Dave Bieter loved his bike--we mean really loved his bike.
She Loves to harass the backyard chickens, play on the beach, she loves water and will jump right in at any body of water.
Jazzy loves to be with people and loves Christmas, she also loves to pose for pictures as you can see.
In loving memory, wonderful husband, loving father, unwavering friend.
Matchmaker Paul Brunson says there's only one way to find love: You must prioritize your love life.
I fell in love with Cincinnati around the time I fell in love with photography.
Secret loves, caretaking loves, a man who snipped, another who snapped and my heart's delight.
Ehtesham Raja loved to party and loved his $70,000 BMW 740iL.
We love you profile and would love to be friends with you.
We must love our spouses as Christ loves us.
I love animals and I love dogs.
What do you do when you love the styling of the '68 and '69 Mustangs but also love the reliability and performance of the 2011 model.
What happens when a dude loves to garden and loves rock-n-roll.
I love to Roller Skate,or at least I loved to, at Sir Skate.
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In science:

But the galaxies we know and love are the light cusps within the dark matter potential, much as cD galaxies are to galaxy clusters.
Workshop Summary: The Dynamics, Structure and History of Galaxies
For instance, the quantization dimension dW (N ) of the Brownian motion with N = 10000 is 9.) The Karhunen-Loève decomposition of some usual Gaussian processes have a closed-form expression.
The Nystr\"om method for functional quantization with an application to the fractional Brownian motion
Hence, a numerical method to evaluate first Karhunen-Loève eigenfunctions is the "missing link" on the path to the constructive optimal quantization of more Gaussian processes.
The Nystr\"om method for functional quantization with an application to the fractional Brownian motion
Still, it was only applicable with Gaussian processes for which we could have a numerical evaluation of the Karhunen-Loève eigenfunctions.
The Nystr\"om method for functional quantization with an application to the fractional Brownian motion
The Karhunen-Loève basis associated with X , denoted (eX n )n≥1 is the Hilbert basis of L2 [0, T ] constituted with eigenvectors of CX with decreasing eigenvalues.
The Nystr\"om method for functional quantization with an application to the fractional Brownian motion
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