love


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Love \Love\ (l[u^]v), 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["e]minent kindness or
      devotion to another; affection; tenderness; as, the love
      of brothers and sisters.
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            Of all the dearest bonds we prove
            Thou countest sons' and mothers' love
            Most sacred, most Thine own.          --Keble.
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   2. Especially, devoted attachment to, or tender or passionate
      affection for, one of the opposite sex.
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            He on his side
            Leaning half-raised, with looks of cordial love
            Hung over her enamored.               --Milton.
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   3. Courtship; -- chiefly in the phrase to make love, i. e.,
      to court, to woo, to solicit union in marriage.
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            Demetrius . . .
            Made love to Nedar's daughter, Helena,
            And won her soul.                     --Shak.
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   4. Affection; kind feeling; friendship; strong liking or
      desire; fondness; good will; -- opposed to hate; often
      with of and an object.
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            Love, and health to all.              --Shak.
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            Smit with the love of sacred song.    --Milton.
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            The love of science faintly warmed his breast.
                                                  --Fenton.
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   5. Due gratitude and reverence to God.
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            Keep yourselves in the love of God.   --Jude 21.
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   6. The object of affection; -- often employed in endearing
      address; as, he held his love in his arms; his greatest
      love was reading. "Trust me, love." --Dryden.
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            Open the temple gates unto my love.   --Spenser.
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   7. Cupid, the god of love; sometimes, Venus.
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            Such was his form as painters, when they show
            Their utmost art, on naked Lores bestow. --Dryden.
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            Therefore do nimble-pinioned doves draw Love.
                                                  --Shak.
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   8. A thin silk stuff. [Obs.] --Boyle.
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   9. (Bot.) A climbing species of Clematis ({Clematis
      Vitalba}).
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   10. Nothing; no points scored on one side; -- used in
       counting score at tennis, etc.
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             He won the match by three sets to love. --The
                                                  Field.
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   11. Sexual intercourse; -- a euphemism.
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   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.
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   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 (Zool.), 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
      mates.

   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.
      --Chaucer.

   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[ae] 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
      Eragrostis.

   Love-in-a-mist. (Bot.)
       (a) An herb of the Buttercup family (Nigella Damascena)
           having the flowers hidden in a maze of finely cut
           bracts.
       (b) The West Indian Passiflora f[oe]tida, which has
           similar bracts.

   Love-in-idleness (Bot.), a kind of violet; the small pansy.
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            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.
      --Shak.

   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
      stage.

   Love suit, courtship. --Shak.

   Of all loves, for the sake of all love; by all means.
      [Obs.] "Mrs. Arden desired him of all loves to come back
      again." --Holinshed.

   The god of love, or The Love god, Cupid.

   To make love, to engage in sexual intercourse; -- a
      euphemism.

   To make love to, to express affection for; to woo. "If you
      will marry, make your loves to me." --Shak.

   To play for love, to play a game, as at cards, without
      stakes. "A game at piquet for love." --Lamb.
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   Syn: Affection; friendship; kindness; tenderness; fondness;
        delight.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Love \Love\, v. i.
   To have the feeling of love; to be in love.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Love \Love\ (l[u^]v), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Loved (l[u^]vd); p.
   pr. & vb. n. Loving.] [AS. lufian. [root]124. 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.
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            Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart,
            and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
                                                  --Matt. xxii.
                                                  37.
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            Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thy self. --Matt.
                                                  xxii. 39.
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   2. To regard with passionate and devoted affection, as that
      of one sex for the other.
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   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.
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            Wit, eloquence, and poetry.
            Arts which I loved.                   --Cowley.
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