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a strong feeling of caring about someone, especially a member of your family or a close friend [≠ hate, hatred]:
What these kids need is love and support.
a mother's love for her child
a strong feeling of liking someone a lot combined with sexual attraction
Their love for each other grew deeper every day.
be/fall in love (with somebody)
I think I'm falling in love with Tom.
very much in love/madly in love/head over heels in love
Tara is madly in love with you.
When Lynne met Derek, it was love at first sight (=they loved each other the first time they saw each other).
a beautiful love song (=a song about romantic love)
It's a love story (=a book, film etc about romantic love).
true love (=strong romantic love that remains for ever)
someone that you feel a strong romantic and sexual attraction to:
person you love[countable]
He was her first love.
the love of your life (=the person that you feel or felt the most love for)
a) [singular, uncountable]
a strong feeling of pleasure and enjoyment that something gives you
I fell in love with Amsterdam the very first time I visited the city.
something that gives you a lot of pleasure and enjoyment:
Sailing was her great love.
to have sex with someone that you love
b) old use
to say loving things to someone, to kiss them etc
6 or send/give somebody your love
to ask someone to give your loving greetings to someone else when they see them, write to them etc:
Aunt Mary sends her love.
used at the end of a letter to a friend, a member of your family, or someone you love:
See you soon. Lots of love, Clare.
8 British English spoken informal
a word used when you are talking to someone you love [= darling]:
'Hello, love,' said her father.
a friendly way of talking to someone who you do not know, especially to a woman or child. Many women consider this to be impolite or offensive:
What's your name, love?
9 British English spoken
used when you are asking someone, especially children and members of your family, to do something:
Give these to your sisters, there's a love.
if there is no love lost between two people, they dislike each other
an expression meaning 'no points', used in the game of tennis
if you cannot get something or do something for love or money, it is impossible to obtain or to do:
I can't get hold of that book for love nor money.
a situation in which someone is having a sexual relationship with the partner of a close friend - used especially in newspapers
14 old-fashioned spoken
used to show that you are extremely angry, disappointed etc