verb (used with object), loved, lov·ing.
verb (used without object), loved, lov·ing.
SYNONYMS FOR love
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Idioms for love
- 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
OTHER WORDS FROM loveoutlove, verb (used with object), out·loved, out·lov·ing.o·ver·love, verb, o·ver·loved, o·ver·lov·ing.
Words nearby love
What is a basic definition of love?
Love is an intense, deep affection for another person. Love also means to feel this intense affection for someone. Love can also refer to a strong like for something or to like something a lot. Love has many other senses both as a verb and a noun.
It is difficult to explain what love is. Love is one of the most intense emotions humans feel in life. It is the opposite of hate, another incredibly intense emotion. When you would do anything for a specific person, that’s usually because you feel love for them.
There are many kinds of deep affection you can have for another person, and they can all be described as love. The love you feel for your parents won’t be the same love you feel for a close friend or a romantic partner. You can also have a strong emotional bond with an animal, such as your dog. That, too, is love.
- Real-life examples: Spouses hopefully feel love toward each other. It is expected that a parent will have feelings of love for their child. Valentine’s Day is a celebration of love.
- Used in a sentence: The man always helped his daughter out of love for her.
Love is used in this same sense to mean to feel love toward another person. People who romantically love each other are said to be “in love” and are called lovers. These terms generally imply romantic or sexual attraction.
- Real-life examples: Romeo loved Juliet. Most parents love their children. A person often loves their boyfriend or girlfriend.
- Used in a sentence: She loves her best friend like a sister.
Love is also used to refer to a less passionate, but still strong, fondness for something.
- Real-life examples: Athletes have a love of sports. Readers have a love of books. Artists may have a love of painting, music, or drawing.
- Used in a sentence: His love of Paris led him to take many trips to France.
In this sense, love can also be used to mean to really like something or someone. The word lover is used to mean a person who really likes something, as in a “dog lover” or a “food lover.”
- Real-life examples: Cats love to chase things. Outgoing people love being around other people. Couch potatoes love television.
- Used in a sentence: I love going to the zoo and seeing all the animals.
Where does love come from?
The first records of love come from before the 900s. The noun comes from the Old English word lufu, and the verb comes from the Old English lufian. Both of these words are related to older words for love, such as the Old Frisian luve and luvia.
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What are some other forms related to love?
- lovely (adjective)
- loveless (adjective)
- loveable (adjective)
- lovable (adjective)
- loving (adjective, present tense verb)
What are some synonyms for love?
What are some words that share a root or word element with love?
What are some words that often get used in discussing love?
How is love used in real life?
Love is a very common word that people use to refer to others that they cherish or to things they really like.
I love my sister so much she’s my best friend 💕💞💘💓💗
— LV (@_lovee_lupe) November 25, 2020
I like how my friends send me random cat memes because they know how much I love cats❤️
— please tell me to go study (@mutale019) November 25, 2020
“I sustain myself with the love of family.” #MayaAngelou
— Maya Angelou (@DrMayaAngelou) November 29, 2020
Try using love!
Which of the following words is NOT a synonym of love?
WHEN TO USE
What are other ways to say love?
The noun love refers to a profoundly tender, passionate affection for another person. When should you use love in place of affection or devotion? Find out on Thesaurus.com.
Example sentences from the Web for love
Every now and again, we come across a love story that touches our hearts in more ways than be.WNBA Player Maya Moore Marries Jonathan Irons, The Man She Helped Free From Prison|Jasmine Grant|September 17, 2020|Essence.com
Again, I didn’t think much of it as a 15-year-old, but I just had a love for food.Tom Colicchio Hopes (and Fears) COVID-19 Will Change the Restaurant Industry|Pallabi Munsi|September 16, 2020|Ozy
Ideally you should be growing and evolving at similar rates and speeds for romantic love, I should say.
She’d met me in 1986, at a party for returned Peace Corps volunteers and had fallen in love with the guy who’d just spent two years teaching in Swaziland.What if Your Company Had No Rules? (Bonus Episode)|Maria Konnikova|September 12, 2020|Freakonomics
To be a real home cook, the kind who put love and attention into each dish, was to make everything yourself.
What happened to true love knows no boundaries and all that?Freaking Out About Age Gaps in Gay Relationships Is Homophobic|Samantha Allen|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
“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
And we have a lot of great guests this season: Greta Gerwig, Natasha Lyonne, Olivia Wilde, Steve Buscemi is back—I love that guy.
You just travel light with carry-on luggage, go to cities that you love, and get to hang out with all your friends.
Terrorism is bad news anywhere, but especially rough on Odessa, where the city motto seems to be “make love, not war.”
In this case, I suspect, there was co-operant a strongly marked childish characteristic, the love of producing an effect.
The well-known "cock and bull" stories of small children are inspired by this love of strong effect.
Women generally consider consequences in love, seldom in resentment.Pearls of Thought|Maturin M. Ballou
And as she hesitated between obedience to one and duty toward the other, her life, her love and future was in the balance.The Homesteader|Oscar Micheaux
Nothing but an extreme love of truth could have hindered me from concealing this part of my story.Gulliver's Travels|Jonathan Swift
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)
Other words from loveRelated adjective: amatory
Word Origin for love
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