verb (used with object), loved, lov·ing.
verb (used without object), loved, lov·ing.
- out of affection or liking; for pleasure.
- without compensation; gratuitously: He took care of the poor for love.
- to embrace and kiss as lovers.
- to engage in sexual activity.
Origin of love
SYNONYMS FOR love
Related formsout·love, verb (used with object), out·loved, out·lov·ing.o·ver·love, verb, o·ver·loved, o·ver·lov·ing.
British Dictionary definitions for for the love of
- an intense emotion of affection, warmth, fondness, and regard towards a person or thing
- (as modifier)love song; love story
- God's benevolent attitude towards man
- man's attitude of reverent devotion towards God
- to have sexual intercourse (with)
- archaic to engage in courtship (with)
Related formsRelated adjective: amatory
Word Origin for love
Idioms and Phrases with for the love of (1 of 2)
for the love of
For the sake of, in consideration of. For example, She signed up for all these volunteer jobs for the love of praise. [c. 1200]
for the love of Pete or Mike or God. An exclamation of surprise, exasperation, or some similar feeling, as in For the love of Pete, give me the money! James Joyce used this idiom in Ulysses (1922): “For the love of Mike listen to him.” Pete and Mike are euphemisms for God. [Early 1900s] Also see for the sake of, def. 3.
Idioms and Phrases with for the love of (2 of 2)
In addition to the idioms beginning with love
- love affair
- love at first sight
- all's fair in love and war
- course of true love
- fall in love
- for the love of
- labor of love
- make love
- misery loves company
- no love lost
- not for love or money
- puppy love
- somebody up there loves me