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
Examples from the Web for love
“I love my job and I love my city and I am committed to the work here,” he said in a statement.The Golden State Preps for the ‘Red Wedding’ of Senate Races|David Freedlander|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
You just travel light with carry-on luggage, go to cities that you love, and get to hang out with all your friends.
And we have a lot of great guests this season: Greta Gerwig, Natasha Lyonne, Olivia Wilde, Steve Buscemi is back—I love that guy.
It upsets me because I used to really, and still do sometimes, love the articles Salon writes.Patton Oswalt on Fighting Conservatives With Satire|William O’Connor|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
He talked about his love for his daughters, Taelor and Sydni, who were still very young at the time.Remembering ESPN’s Sly, Cocky, and Cool Anchor Stuart Scott|Stereo Williams|January 4, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Her eyes might find no blemish in his person, and Love knocked upon her heart, requiring her to love, since her time had come.French Mediaeval Romances from the Lays of Marie de France|Marie de France
We were such good friends, and we felt, I daresay, that it was our duty to love each other.Robert Orange|John Oliver Hobbes
Beauchamp hugged his politics like some who show their love of the pleasures of life by taking to them angrily.Beauchamp's Career, Complete|George Meredith
Is Love ours, and do we dream we know it, Bound with all our heart-strings, all our own?Legends and Lyrics: Second Series|Adelaide Anne Procter
I love them that know how to live, be it even as those going under, for such are those going across.Plain English|Marian Wharton
British Dictionary definitions for love
- 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)
Word Origin for love
Word Origin and History for love (1 of 2)
Old English lufu "love, affection, friendliness," from Proto-Germanic *lubo (cf. Old High German liubi "joy," German Liebe "love;" Old Norse, Old Frisian, Dutch lof; German Lob "praise;" Old Saxon liof, Old Frisian liaf, Dutch lief, Old High German liob, German lieb, Gothic liufs "dear, beloved").
The Germanic words are from PIE *leubh- "to care, desire, love" (cf. Latin lubet, later libet "pleases;" Sanskrit lubhyati "desires;" Old Church Slavonic l'ubu "dear, beloved;" Lithuanian liaupse "song of praise").
"Even now," she thought, "almost no one remembers Esteban and Pepita but myself. Camilla alone remembers her Uncle Pio and her son; this woman, her mother. But soon we shall die and all memory of those five will have left the earth, and we ourselves shall be loved for a while and forgotten. But the love will have been enough; all those impulses of love return the love that made them. Even memory is not necessary for love. There is a land of the living and a land of the dead and the bridge is love, the only survival, the only meaning." [Thornton Wilder, "Bridge of San Luis Rey," 1927]
Meaning "a beloved person" is from early 13c. The sense "no score" (in tennis, etc.) is 1742, from the notion of "playing for love," i.e. "for nothing" (1670s). Phrase for love or money "for anything" is attested from 1580s. Love seat is from 1904. Love-letter is attested from mid-13c.; love-song from early 14c. To fall in love is attested from early 15c. To be in love with (someone) is from c.1500. To make love is from 1570s in the sense "pay amorous attention to;" as a euphemism for "have sex," it is attested from c.1950. Love life "one's collective amorous activities" is from 1919, originally a term in psychological jargon. Love affair is from 1590s. The phrase no love lost (between two people) is ambiguous and was used 17c. in reference to two who love each other well (c.1640) as well as two who have no love for each other (1620s).
Word Origin and History for love (1 of 2)
Idioms and Phrases with love
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