lovelove2 ●●● S1 W1 noun 🔊 🔊 1 for family/friends [uncountable]LOVE a strong feeling of caring about someone, especially a member of your family or a close friend opp hate, hatred 🔊 What these kids need is love and support.love for 🔊 a mother’s love for her child2 romantic [uncountable]LOVE a strong feeling of liking someone a lot combined with sexual attractionlove for 🔊 Their love for each other grew deeper every day. 🔊 Tara is madly in love with you.3 person you love [countable]LOVE someone that you feel a strong romantic and sexual attraction to 🔊 He was her first love.the love of your life (=the person that you feel or felt the most love for)4 pleasure/enjoyment a) [singular, uncountable]ENJOY/LIKE DOING something a strong feeling of pleasure and enjoyment that something gives youlove of/for 🔊 my love of nature 🔊 He had a great love of music. 🔊 I fell in love with Amsterdam the very first time I visited the city. b) [countable]ENJOY/LIKE DOING something something that gives you a lot of pleasure and enjoyment 🔊 Sailing was her great love.5 → make love (to/with somebody)6 → send/give your love (to somebody), 7 → love (from somebody)/lots of love/all my love8 → (my) love9 → be a love and .../... there’s a love10 → there is no love lost between somebody and somebody11 tennis [uncountable]DST an expression meaning ‘no points’, used in the game of tennis12 → not for love or/nor money13 → love triangle14 → for the love of God → a labour of love at labour1(4)COLLOCATIONS – Meaning 2: a strong feeling of liking someone a lot combined with sexual attractionverbsbe in loveAre you in love with her?fall in love (=start being in love)I fell in love with her the minute I saw her.find love (=meet someone to love)I never thought I would find love.return somebody’s love (=love someone who loves you)Estella does not return Pip’s love.phraseslove at first sight (=when you love someone as soon as you meet them)For Marion and Ron it was love at first sight.very much in loveThey were obviously very much in love.madly/deeply in love (=very much in love)I married Dan because I was madly in love.head over heels in love (=very much in love)The two of them fell head over heels in love.love is blind (=used to say that people do not notice the faults of the person they love)Love is blind, I guess. How else could he stand to be with her?adjectivestrue love (=real love)She felt that she had finally found true love.real loveYou could see real love in their eyes.romantic loveRomantic love was not always the reason for marriage.sexual loveVenus was the Roman goddess of sexual love.unrequited love (=love for someone who does not love you)She had a secret, unrequited love for Harrison.undying love (=love that does not stop)She and I swore undying love.passionate loveHe wrote about his passionate love for her.love + NOUNa love song/storya tragic love storya love letterShe found a love letter from another woman in his wallet.THESAURUSlove noun [uncountable] a feeling of liking someone very much and caring a lot about them – used about people in your family, or someone you feel sexually attracted toAll children need love, attention, and encouragement.We don’t need words to express our love for each other.affection noun [uncountable] a gentle feeling of love which makes you want to be kind to someone and show them that you love them – used especially about friends and members of your familyMy mother never showed us us any affection.Alison and I had been at school together, and I felt great affection for her.devotion noun [uncountable] very strong love for someone in which you want to give them a lot of attention and look after them – used especially about strong feelings of love for your wife, husband, children etcHis recovery is largely due to the devotion of his wife and familypassion noun [uncountable] a strong and exciting feeling of love for someone you are extremely sexually attracted toHe loved her still, with just the same passion as he always had.There was no passion in their relationship.infatuation noun [countable, uncountable] a strong feeling of love for someone, in which you cannot stop thinking about them, and which seems silly because you do not know them very wellShe hoped that his ridiculous infatuation would soon wear off.His infatuation with Diane seemed to be growing.a childhood infatuationromance noun [uncountable] the feeling of loving someone and the nice things you do to show this – used about someone you are sexually attracted toThe romance had gone out of their relationship.In the UK, one in ten people have found romance over the Internet.crush noun [countable] a very strong feeling of love and sexual attraction for someone such as a teacher or a famous person, especially when there is no chance of you having a relationship with that person because you are much younger than them She had a teenage crush on one of her teachers.I had a big crush on Tom Cruise when I was growing up.a schoolgirl crush
Examples from the Corpuslove• I used to read books about love.• The authoritative, dedicated, and benign conductor was Williams Llewellyn, whose knowledge and love for the score was obvious.• Only his tears spoke of brotherly love.• Jack was her first love.• She was never able to express her love for Henry.• And though they regularly clashed, they were undoubtedly in love.• All children need love, attention, and encouragement.• Finally, it never hurts to wear our own love of reading on our sleeve.• She nourishes a secret, unrequited love for Harry.love for• a mother's love for her childfirst love• We love because he first loved us.• Roland heard her voice again, remembered all that had happened, and fell for his first love.• Brown wrote his novels and faded back into his first love like a man whose ego needed fresh air and nothing more.• I must have been about fifteen when I received my first love letter.• The sea was my first love, but now the hills have an equal claim to my affection.• Elizabeth Taylor was my first love.• Ah, the innocence of first love.• The sweet, tinkling sound of a music box can stir recollections of everything from childhood to first love.love of/for• Jerrod has a love for the game of chess.• A love of flying Statistics aside, Steve Butler admits that his job sometimes scares him.• Wasn't she used by now to disguising her love for him?• Despite his love of distraction, Minton in his career as yet showed no loss of impetus.• Van Leer inherited some of his father's acumen but none of his money and certainly none of his love for money.• All played directly to his love of the theatrical.• Had already admitted to herself the extent of her own love for him.• On the other hand they are telling us we are not playing for the money but the love of the sport.• It's possible that he's trying to test your love for him.