American English

Definition of love noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[uncountable] a strong feeling of deep affection for someone or something, especially a member of your family or a friend a mother's love for her children love of your country He seems incapable of love.
  2. romantic
  3. 2[uncountable] a strong feeling of affection for someone that you are sexually attracted to a love song/story We're in love! She was in love with him. They fell in love with each other. It was love at first sight (= they were attracted to each other the first time they met). They're madly in love. Their love grew with the years. Topic CollocationsMarriage and Divorceromance fall/be (madly/deeply/hopelessly)in love (with somebody) be/believe in/fall in love at first sight be/find true love/the love of your life suffer (from) (the pains/pangs of) unrequited love have/feel/show/express great/deep/genuine affection for somebody/something meet/marry your husband/wife/partner/fiancé/fiancée/boyfriend/girlfriend have/go on a (blind)date be going out with/dating a guy/girl/boy/man/woman move in with/live with your boyfriend/girlfriendweddings get/be engaged/married/divorced arrange/plan a wedding have a big wedding/a honeymoon/a happy marriage have/enter into an arranged marriage call off/cancel/postpone your wedding invite somebody to/go to/attend a wedding/a wedding ceremony/a wedding reception conduct/perform a wedding ceremony exchange rings/wedding vows/marriage vows congratulate/toast/raise a glass to the happy couple be/go on your honeymoon (with your wife/husband) celebrate your first (wedding) anniversaryseparation and divorce be unfaithful to/ (informal) cheat on your husband/wife/partner/fiancé/fiancée/boyfriend/girlfriend have an affair (with somebody) break off/end an engagement/a relationship break up with/ (informal) dump your boyfriend/girlfriend separate from/be separated from/leave/divorce your husband/wife annul/dissolve a marriage file for/ask for/go through/get a divorce get/gain/be awarded/have/lose custody of the children pay alimony/child support (to your ex-wife/husband)
  4. enjoyment
  5. 3[uncountable, singular] the strong feeling of enjoyment that something gives you a love of learning He's in love with his work. Ifell in love with the house.
  6. someone or something you like
  7. 4[countable] a person, a thing, or an activity that you like very much Take care, my love. He was the love of my life (= the person I loved most). I like most sports but tennis is my first love.
  8. in tennis
  9. 5[uncountable] a score of zero (points or games) 40–love! She won the first set six–love/six games to love.
  10. Idioms
    all's fair in love and war (saying)
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    in some situations any type of behavior is acceptable to get what you want
    (just) for love, (just) for the love of something
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    without receiving payment or any other reward They're all volunteers, working for the love of it.
    for the love of God (old-fashioned) (informal)
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    used when you are expressing anger and the fact that you are impatient For the love of God, tell me what he said!
    give/send my love to somebody (informal)
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    used to send good wishes to someone Give my love to Mary when you see her. Bob sends his love.
    head over heels in love
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    loving someone very much He's fallen head over heels in love with his boss.
    a labor of love
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    a hard task that you do because you want to, not because it is necessary Writing the book was a labor of love.
    love (from), lots of love (from) (informal)
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    used at the end of a letter to a friend or to someone you love, followed by your name Lots of love, Jenny
    love is blind (saying)
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    when you love someone, you cannot see their faults
    make love (to somebody)
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    to have sex
    not for love or/nor money
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    if you say you cannot do something for love nor money, you mean it is completely impossible to do it We couldn't find a taxi for love nor money.
    there's little/no love lost between A and B
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    they do not like each other There's no love lost between her and her in-laws.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: love