Language: Old English
Origin: lufu


2 noun
love2 S1 W1

for family/friends

[uncountable] 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.
love for
a mother's love for her child


[uncountable] a strong feeling of liking someone a lot combined with sexual attraction
love for
Their love for each other grew deeper every day.
be/fall in love (with somebody)
I think I'm falling in love with Tom.
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)

person you love

[countable] 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)


a) [singular, uncountable] a strong feeling of pleasure and enjoyment that something gives you
love 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] something that gives you a lot of pleasure and enjoyment:
Sailing was her great love.

make love (to/with somebody)

a) to have sex with someone that you love
b) old use to say loving things to someone, to kiss them etc

send/give your love (to somebody)

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.

love (from somebody)/lots of love/all my love

writtenTCM 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.

(my) love

British English spoken informal
a) a word used when you are talking to someone you love [= darling]:
'Hello, love,' said her father.
b) 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?

be a love and ... / ... there's a love

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.

there is no love lost between somebody and somebody

if there is no love lost between two people, they dislike each other


[uncountable]DST an expression meaning 'no points', used in the game of tennis

not for love or/nor money

informal 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.

love triangle

a situation in which someone is having a sexual relationship with the partner of a close friend - used especially in newspapers

for the love of God

old-fashioned spoken used to show that you are extremely angry, disappointed etc

➔ a labour of love

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