1 warmth, affection, attachment, fondness, tenderness, devotion, attraction, friendship, amity, regard, admiration, fancy, adoration, adulation, ardour, passion, fervour, rapture, infatuation:
Her love for him grew over the years.
2 liking, delight, enjoyment, pleasure, fondness, attraction, predilection, bent, leaning, proclivity, inclination, disposition, weakness, partiality, preference, taste, relish, passion:
In his retirement, Charles has developed a love for golf.
3 darling, beloved, sweetheart, sweetie, sweet, honey, dear one, dearest, angel, turtle-dove, true-love, light of one's life, lover, paramour, mate, intended, betrothed; girlfriend, inamorata, lady-love, young lady, fiancée; boyfriend, beau, inamorato, suitor, swain, young man, fiancé, Archaic leman, tally, US POSSLQ (= 'Person of the Opposite Sex Sharing Living Quarters'), Colloq girl, woman, guy, man:
Let me tell you something, my love. Come live with me and be my love.
4 sympathy, tenderness, concern, charity, care, solicitude, affinity, rapport, harmony, brotherhood, sisterhood, fellow-feeling:
He has great love for his fellow human beings.
5 love affair.
(a) amour, liaison, affair, romance, relationship, affaire de coeur, intrigue:
He's been having a love affair with his secretary.
(b) passion, mania, Colloq thing:
George allows nothing to interfere with his love affair with tennis.
6 make love (to) or (with). embrace, cuddle, caress, fondle, have sexual intercourse, Archaic take, know, Colloq neck, pet, canoodle, romance, have sex, make the beast with two backs, US and Canadian make out; Taboo Slang screw, fuck, hump, bang, Brit roger, bonk:
He still makes love to his wife even though they are both in their eighties.
7 cherish, admire, adore, be in love with, lose one's heart to, worship, idolize, dote on, treasure, be infatuated with, think the world of, adulate, hold dear, like, Colloq be hung up on, be crazy or nuts or wild or mad about, have a crush on:
Only after ten years of friendship did she discover that she loved him
8 delight in, take pleasure in, derive pleasure or enjoyment from, relish, be partial to, have a passion or preference or taste for, be attracted to, be captivated by, be fond of, like, enjoy, appreciate, value, Colloq get a kick from or out of, be wild about, be thrilled by, US get a bang or charge from or out of:
She loves chocolates. I just love your new dress! Love me, love my dog.
deep, great, overwhelming, passionate
her deep love for him
| genuine, pure, real, true | unconditional | abiding, eternal, undying
He had an abiding love of the English countryside. You have my undying love.
| hopeless, unrequited
a sad tale of unrequited love
a play about thwarted love
| mutual | free
They were into free love and avoided commitment.
I like most sports but tennis is my first love.
| brotherly, maternal, parental, sisterly | courtly, platonic, romantic
the cult of courtly love in twelfth-century Aquitaine
| erotic, physical, sexual | heterosexual, homosexual, lesbian | redemptive | divine, human
VERB + LOVE
She felt no love for him. He had a great love of life.
| search for, seek | find
At last she had found true love.
| express, show | declare, profess
They publicly declared their love for each other.
‘You promised me love!’ he cried despairingly.
He didn't return her love.
They share a love of music.
| give sb, send (sb)
Bob sends his love.
| be in, fall in
He fell in love with one of his students.
| fall out of | make
(= have sex)It was the first time they had made love. He wanted to make love to her.
LOVE + NOUN
affair | life | letter | scene, song, story
for/out of ~
I did it for love!
| in ~
We are very much in love.
| ~ between
the love between parent and child
| ~ for
He did not know how to express his love for her.
| ~ of
She had a great love of painting.
an act of love, deeply/madly/passionately in love
I was madly in love with her.
| desperately/hopelessly in love, head over heels in love, love at first sight
Do you believe in love at first sight?
| the love of sb's life
She was the love of his life.
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