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Meaning of LOVE

Pronunciation:  luv

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  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"
  2. [n]  any object of warm affection or devotion; "the theater was her first love" or"he has a passion for cock fighting"
  3. [n]  a deep feeling of sexual desire and attraction; "their love left them indifferent to their surroundings"; "she was his first love"
  4. [n]  a strong positive emotion of regard and affection; "his love for his work"; "children need a lot of love"
  5. [n]  a beloved person; used as terms of endearment
  6. [n]  a score of zero in tennis or squash; "it was 40 love"
  7. [v]  have sexual intercourse with; "This student sleeps with everyone in her dorm"; "Adam knew Eve" (know is archaic); "Were you ever intimate with this man?"
  8. [v]  have a great affection or liking for; "I love French food"; "She loves her boss and works hard for him"
  9. [v]  be enamored or in love with; "She loves her husband deeply"
  10. [v]  get pleasure from; "I love cooking"

LOVE is a 4 letter word that starts with L.


 Synonyms: bang, be intimate, bed, beloved, bonk, dear, dearest, do it, eff, enjoy, fuck, get it on, get laid, have a go at it, have intercourse, have it away, have it off, have sex, honey, hump, jazz, know, lie with, love life, loved one, lovemaking, make love, make out, making love, passion, screw, sexual love, sleep with
 Antonyms: detest, hate, hate, hatred
 See Also: adoration, adore, amorousness, ardor, ardour, benevolence, calf love, care for, caring, cherish, concupiscence, copulate, couple, crush, devotedness, devotion, dote, emotion, enamoredness, fornicate, get off, have, hold dear, infatuation, like, love, lover, lovingness, loyalty, mate, object, pair, physical attraction, puppy love, romance, score, sex, sex activity, sexual activity, sexual desire, sexual practice, take, treasure, worship



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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["e]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. ``Trust me, love.'' --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["o]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[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
    {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[oe]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.] ``Mrs. Arden desired him of all loves to come back
       again.'' --Holinshed.
    {The god of love}, or {Love god}, Cupid.
    {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.
    Syn: Affection; friendship; kindness; tenderness; fondness;
  2. \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.
  3. \Love\, v. i.
    To have the feeling of love; to be in love.
Computing Dictionary

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)

Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming of love of being in love, suggests intense feelings carried over from a waking relationship. It implies happiness and contentment with what you have and where you are in life. On the other hand, you may not be getting enough love in your daily life. We naturally long for the sense to belong and to be accepted. Seeing a couple in love or expressing love to each other indicates much success ahead for you. Dreaming that you are making love in public or in different places, relates to some overt sexual issue or need. Your dream may be telling you that you need to express yourself more openly. Alternatively, it represents your perceptions about your own sexuality in the context of politic and social norms. You may be questioning your feelings about sex, marriage, love, and gender roles.
Easton Bible Dictionary

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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