love

How can we love our partners, our parents, sunsets at the beach, cats, and Fridays? The types of love listed here mean different things — but what remains is the certainty, at least for now, that what you love is what you adore.

Love is an expression of emotion. Love, it is said, can make you walk miles barefoot in the rain just to see the person you can't stop thinking about. Or, it can make you cross the street because the store "you love" is located there. Love is a versatile word — like what it describes. Love takes many forms, but the word typically describes an affection that is deep and emotional. If you say you’re “in love,” that tends to refer to the romantic kind of love.

Definitions of love
  1. noun
    a strong positive emotion of regard and affection
    “his love for his work”
    “children need a lot of love
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    hate, hatred
    the emotion of intense dislike; a feeling of dislike so strong that it demands action
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    adoration, worship
    a feeling of profound love and admiration
    agape, agape love
    selfless love of one person for another without sexual implications (especially love that is spiritual in nature)
    agape
    (Christian theology) the love of God or Christ for mankind
    filial love
    the love of a child for a parent
    ardor, ardour
    intense feeling of love
    amorousness, enamoredness
    a feeling of love or fondness
    calf love, crush, infatuation, puppy love
    temporary love of an adolescent
    devotedness, devotion
    feelings of ardent love
    benevolence
    disposition to do good
    heartstrings
    your deepest feelings of love and compassion
    caring, lovingness
    a loving feeling
    loyalty
    feelings of allegiance
    beneficence
    doing good; feeling beneficent
    warmheartedness, warmth
    a warmhearted feeling
    type of:
    emotion
    any strong feeling
  2. noun
    a deep feeling of sexual desire and attraction
    “their love left them indifferent to their surroundings”
    “she was his first love
    synonyms: erotic love, sexual love
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    concupiscence, eros, physical attraction, sexual desire
    a desire for sexual intimacy
  3. noun
    any object of warm affection or devotion
    “the theater was her first love
    synonyms: passion
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    object
    the focus of cognitions or feelings
  4. noun
    a beloved person; used as terms of endearment
    synonyms: beloved, dear, dearest, honey
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    lover
    a person who loves someone or is loved by someone
  5. noun
    sexual activities (often including sexual intercourse) between two people
    “he has a very complicated love life”
    synonyms: love life, lovemaking, making love, sexual love
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    type of:
    sex, sex activity, sexual activity, sexual practice
    activities associated with sexual intercourse
  6. verb
    have a great affection or liking for
    “I love French food”
    “She loves her boss and works hard for him”
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    detest, hate
    dislike intensely; feel antipathy or aversion towards
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    care for, cherish, hold dear, treasure
    be fond of; be attached to
    dote
    shower with love; show excessive affection for
    adore
    love intensely
    fetishize
    make a fetish of
    romance
    have a love affair with
    yearn
    have affection for; feel tenderness for
    hero-worship, idolise, idolize, revere, worship
    love unquestioningly and uncritically or to excess; venerate as an idol
  7. verb
    be enamored or in love with
    “She loves her husband deeply”
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    romance
    have a love affair with
  8. verb
    get pleasure from
    “I love cooking”
    synonyms: enjoy
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    like
    find enjoyable or agreeable
  9. verb
    have sexual intercourse with
    synonyms: have intercourse, have sex, roll in the hay
    make out, neck
    kiss, embrace, or fondle with sexual passion
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    have, take
    have sex with; archaic use
    fornicate
    have sex without being married
    swing
    engage freely in promiscuous sex, often with the husband or wife of one's friends
    bed-hop, bedhop, sleep around
    be sexually active with more than one partner
  10. noun
    a score of zero in tennis or squash
    “it was 40 love
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    type of:
    score
    a number that expresses the accomplishment of a team or an individual in a game or contest
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