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English Dictionary: love by the DICT Development Group
6 results for love
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. a strong positive emotion of regard and affection; "his love for his work"; "children need a lot of love"
    Antonym(s): hate, hatred
  2. any object of warm affection or devotion; "the theater was her first love"; "he has a passion for cock fighting";
    Synonym(s): love, passion
  3. a beloved person; used as terms of endearment
    Synonym(s): beloved, dear, dearest, honey, love
  4. a deep feeling of sexual desire and attraction; "their love left them indifferent to their surroundings"; "she was his first love"
    Synonym(s): love, sexual love, erotic love
  5. a score of zero in tennis or squash; "it was 40 love"
  6. sexual activities (often including sexual intercourse) between two people; "his lovemaking disgusted her"; "he hadn't had any love in months"; "he has a very complicated love life"
    Synonym(s): sexual love, lovemaking, making love, love, love life
  1. have a great affection or liking for; "I love French food"; "She loves her boss and works hard for him"
    Antonym(s): detest, hate
  2. get pleasure from; "I love cooking"
    Synonym(s): love, enjoy
  3. be enamored or in love with; "She loves her husband deeply"
  4. have sexual intercourse with; "This student sleeps with everyone in her dorm"; "Adam knew Eve"; "Were you ever intimate with this man?"
    Synonym(s): sleep together, roll in the hay, love, make out, make love, sleep with, get laid, have sex, know, do it, be intimate, have intercourse, have it away, have it off, screw, fuck, jazz, eff, hump, lie with, bed, have a go at it, bang, get it on, bonk
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Love \Love\, n. [OE. love, luve, AS. lufe, lufu; akin to E.
      lief, believe, L. lubet, libet,it pleases, Skr. lubh to be
      lustful. See {Lief}.]
      1. A feeling of strong attachment induced by that which
            delights or commands admiration; pre[89]minent kindness or
            devotion to another; affection; tenderness; as, the love
            of brothers and sisters.
                     Of all the dearest bonds we prove Thou countest
                     sons' and mothers' love Most sacred, most Thine own.
      2. Especially, devoted attachment to, or tender or passionate
            affection for, one of the opposite sex.
                     He on his side Leaning half-raised, with looks of
                     cordial love Hung over her enamored.   --Milton.
      3. Courtship; -- chiefly in the phrase to make love, i. e.,
            to court, to woo, to solicit union in marriage.
                     Demetrius . . . Made love to Nedar's daughter,
                     Helena, And won her soul.                  --Shak.
      4. Affection; kind feeling; friendship; strong liking or
            desire; fondness; good will; -- opposed to {hate}; often
            with of and an object.
                     Love, and health to all.                     --Shak.
                     Smit with the love of sacred song.      --Milton.
                     The love of science faintly warmed his breast.
      5. Due gratitude and reverence to God.
                     Keep yourselves in the love of God.   --Jude 21.
      6. The object of affection; -- often employed in endearing
            address. [bd]Trust me, love.[b8] --Dryden.
                     Open the temple gates unto my love.   --Spenser.
      7. Cupid, the god of love; sometimes, Venus.
                     Such was his form as painters, when they show Their
                     utmost art, on naked Lores bestow.      --Dryden.
                     Therefore do nimble-pinioned doves draw Love.
      8. A thin silk stuff. [Obs.] --Boyle.
      9. (Bot.) A climbing species of Clematis ({C. Vitalba}).
      10. Nothing; no points scored on one side; -- used in
            counting score at tennis, etc.
                     He won the match by three sets to love. --The
      Note: Love is often used in the formation of compounds, in
               most of which the meaning is very obvious; as,
               love-cracked, love-darting, love-killing, love-linked,
               love-taught, etc.
      {A labor of love}, a labor undertaken on account of regard
            for some person, or through pleasure in the work itself,
            without expectation of reward.
      {Free love}, the doctrine or practice of consorting with one
            of the opposite sex, at pleasure, without marriage. See
            {Free love}.
      {Free lover}, one who avows or practices free love.
      {In love}, in the act of loving; -- said esp. of the love of
            the sexes; as, to be in love; to fall in love.
      {Love apple} (Bot.), the tomato.
      {Love bird} (Zo[94]l.), any one of several species of small,
            short-tailed parrots, or parrakeets, of the genus
            {Agapornis}, and allied genera. They are mostly from
            Africa. Some species are often kept as cage birds, and are
            celebrated for the affection which they show for their
      {Love broker}, a person who for pay acts as agent between
            lovers, or as a go-between in a sexual intrigue. --Shak.
      {Love charm}, a charm for exciting love. --Ld. Lytton.
      {Love child}. an illegitimate child. --Jane Austen.
      {Love day}, a day formerly appointed for an amicable
            adjustment of differences. [Obs.] --Piers Plowman.
      {Love drink}, a love potion; a philter. --Chaucer.
      {Love favor}, something given to be worn in token of love.
      {Love feast}, a religious festival, held quarterly by some
            religious denominations, as the Moravians and Methodists,
            in imitation of the agap[91] of the early Christians.
      {Love feat}, the gallant act of a lover. --Shak.
      {Love game}, a game, as in tennis, in which the vanquished
            person or party does not score a point.
      {Love grass}. [G. liebesgras.] (Bot.) Any grass of the genus
      {Love-in-a-mist}. (Bot.)
            (a) An herb of the Buttercup family ({Nigella Damascena})
                  having the flowers hidden in a maze of finely cut
            (b) The West Indian {Passiflora f[d2]tida}, which has
                  similar bracts.
      {Love-in-idleness} (Bot.), a kind of violet; the small pansy.
                     A little western flower, Before milk-white, now
                     purple with love's wound; And maidens call it
                     love-in-idleness.                              --Shak.
      {Love juice}, juice of a plant supposed to produce love.
      {Love knot}, a knot or bow, as of ribbon; -- so called from
            being used as a token of love, or as a pledge of mutual
            affection. --Milman.
      {Love lass}, a sweetheart.
      {Love letter}, a letter of courtship. --Shak.
      {Love-lies-bleeding} (Bot.), a species of amaranth
            ({Amarantus melancholicus}).
      {Love match}, a marriage brought about by love alone.
      {Love potion}, a compounded draught intended to excite love,
            or venereal desire.
      {Love rites}, sexual intercourse. --Pope
      {Love scene}, an exhibition of love, as between lovers on the
      {Love suit}, courtship. --Shak.
      {Of all loves}, for the sake of all love; by all means.
            [Obs.] [bd]Mrs. Arden desired him of all loves to come
            back again.[b8] --Holinshed.
      {The god of love}, [or] {Love god}, Cupid.
      {To make love to}, to express affection for; to woo. [bd]If
            you will marry, make your loves to me.[b8] --Shak.
      {To play for love}, to play a game, as at cards, without
            stakes. [bd]A game at piquet for love.[b8] --Lamb.
      Syn: Affection; friendship; kindness; tenderness; fondness;

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Love \Love\, v. i.
      To have the feeling of love; to be in love.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Love \Love\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Loved}; p. pr. & vb. n.
      {Loving}.] [AS. lufian. [?]. See {Love}, n.]
      1. To have a feeling of love for; to regard with affection or
            good will; as, to love one's children and friends; to love
            one's country; to love one's God.
                     Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart,
                     and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
                                                                              --Matt. xxii.
                     Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thy self. --Matt.
                                                                              xxii. 39.
      2. To regard with passionate and devoted affection, as that
            of one sex for the other.
      3. To take delight or pleasure in; to have a strong liking or
            desire for, or interest in; to be pleased with; to like;
            as, to love books; to love adventures.
                     Wit, eloquence, and poetry. Arts which I loved.

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (15Feb98) [foldoc]:
      What many users feel for computers.
      "I don't really love computers, I just say that to get them
      into bed with me". (Terry Pratchet)
      [What did you expect in a computing dictionary?]

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary [easton]:
      This word seems to require explanation only in the case of its
      use by our Lord in his interview with "Simon, the son of Jonas,"
      after his resurrection (John 21:16, 17). When our Lord says,
      "Lovest thou me?" he uses the Greek word _agapas_; and when
      Simon answers, he uses the Greek word _philo_, i.e., "I love."
      This is the usage in the first and second questions put by our
      Lord; but in the third our Lord uses Simon's word. The
      distinction between these two Greek words is thus fitly
      described by Trench:, "_Agapan_ has more of judgment and
      deliberate choice; _philein_ has more of attachment and peculiar
      personal affection. Thus the 'Lovest thou' (Gr. agapas) on the
      lips of the Lord seems to Peter at this moment too cold a word,
      as though his Lord were keeping him at a distance, or at least
      not inviting him to draw near, as in the passionate yearning of
      his heart he desired now to do. Therefore he puts by the word
      and substitutes his own stronger 'I love' (Gr. philo) in its
      room. A second time he does the same. And now he has conquered;
      for when the Lord demands a third time whether he loves him, he
      does it in the word which alone will satisfy Peter ('Lovest
      thou,' Gr. phileis), which alone claims from him that personal
      attachment and affection with which indeed he knows that his
      heart is full."
         In 1 Cor. 13 the apostle sets forth the excellency of love, as
      the word "charity" there is rendered in the Revised Version.
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