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.

Primary Meanings of love

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nv
a strong positive emotion of regard and affection
have a great affection or liking for
2.
n
a score of zero in tennis or squash
Full Definitions of love
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n a strong positive emotion of regard and affection

“his love for his work”
“children need a lot of love
Antonyms:
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

n 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
Type of:
concupiscence, eros, physical attraction, sexual desire
a desire for sexual intimacy

n any object of warm affection or devotion

“the theater was her first love
Synonyms:
passion
Type of:
object
the focus of cognitions or feelings

n a beloved person; used as terms of endearment

Synonyms:
beloved, dear, dearest, honey
Type of:
lover
a person who loves someone or is loved by someone

n sexual activities (often including sexual intercourse) between two people

“he hadn't had any love in months”
“he has a very complicated love life”
Synonyms:
love life, lovemaking, making love, sexual love
Type of:
sex, sex activity, sexual activity, sexual practice
activities associated with sexual intercourse

v have a great affection or liking for

“I love French food”
“She loves her boss and works hard for him”
Antonyms:
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

v be enamored or in love with

“She loves her husband deeply”
Types:
romance
have a love affair with

v get pleasure from

“I love cooking”
Synonyms:
enjoy
Type of:
like
find enjoyable or agreeable

v 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
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n a score of zero in tennis or squash

“it was 40 love
Type of:
score
a number that expresses the accomplishment of a team or an individual in a game or contest

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