Definition of love verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    love

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//lʌv//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//lʌv//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they love
    BrE BrE//lʌv//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//lʌv//
     
    he / she / it loves
    BrE BrE//lʌvz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//lʌvz//
     
    past simple loved
    BrE BrE//lʌvd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//lʌvd//
     
    past participle loved
    BrE BrE//lʌvd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//lʌvd//
     
    -ing form loving
    BrE BrE//ˈlʌvɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈlʌvɪŋ//
     
    Love
     
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    feel affection
  1. 1  love somebody/something (not used in the progressive tenses) to have very strong feelings of affection for somebody I love you. If you love each other, why not get married? Her much-loved brother lay dying of AIDS. He had become a well-loved member of staff. Relatives need time to grieve over loved ones they have lost. to love your country Synonymslovelike be fond of somebody adore be devoted to somebody care for somebody dote on somebodyThese words all mean to have feelings of love or affection for somebody.love to have strong feelings of affection for somebody:I love you.like to find somebody pleasant and enjoy being with them:She’s nice. I like her.be fond of somebody to feel affection for somebody, especially somebody you have known for a long time:I’ve always been very fond of your mother.adore to love somebody very much:It’s obvious that she adores him.be devoted to somebody to love somebody very much and be loyal to them:They are devoted to their children.care for somebody to love somebody, especially in a way that is based on strong affection or a feeling of wanting to protect them, rather than sex:He cared for her more than she realized. Care for somebody is often used when somebody has not told anyone about their feelings or is just starting to be aware of them. It is also used when somebody wishes that somebody loved them, or doubts that somebody does:If he really cared for you, he wouldn’t behave like that.dote on somebody to feel and show great love for somebody, ignoring their faults:He dotes on his children.Patterns to really love/​like/​adore/​care for/​dote on somebody to be really/​genuinely fond of/​devoted to somebody to love/​like/​care for somebody very much See related entries: Love
  2. like/enjoy
  3. 2  to like or enjoy something very much synonym adore love something I really love summer evenings. I just love it when you bring me presents! He loved the way she smiled. I love it in Spain (= I like the life there). It was one of his best-loved songs. (ironic) You're going to love this. They've changed their minds again. love doing something (especially in British English) My dad loves going to football games. love to do something (especially North American English) I love to go out dancing. love somebody/something to do something He loved her to sing to him. Synonymslikelove be fond of be keen on something adoreThese words all mean to find something pleasant, attractive or satisfactory, or to enjoy something.like to find something pleasant, attractive or satisfactory; to enjoy something:Do you like their new house? I like to see them enjoying themselves.love to like or enjoy something very much:He loved the way she smiled.be fond of something to like or enjoy something, especially something you have liked or enjoyed for a long time:We were fond of the house and didn’t want to leave.be keen on something (British Englishinformal) (often used in negative statements) to like or enjoy something:I’m not keen on spicy food. She’s not keen on being told what to do.adore (informal) to like or enjoy something very much:She adores working with children.love or adore? Adore is more informal than love, and is used to express a stronger feeling.Patterns to like/​love/​be fond of/​be keen on/​adore doing something to like/​love to do something to like/​love something very much I like/​love/​adore it here/​there/​when… to like/​love/​adore the way somebody does something to really like/​love/​adore somebody/​something to be really fond of/​keen on something See related entries: Love
  4. 3  would love used to say that you would very much like something love to do something Come on Rory, the kids would love to hear you sing. I haven't been to Brazil, but I'd love to go. love somebody/something to do something I'd love her to come and live with us. love something ‘Cigarette?’ ‘I'd love one, but I've just given up.’
  5. Word Origin Old English lufu, of Germanic origin; from an Indo-European root shared by Sanskrit lubhyati ‘desires’, Latin libet ‘it is pleasing’, libido ‘desire’, also by the noun leave and lief.Extra examples Flowers are universally loved. He loved his wife dearly. He wanted to be unconditionally loved. I absolutely love your shoes! I personally love the song. She simply loved being involved. He had become a well-loved and respected member the team. I just love it when you bring me presents! I’m loving every minute of this. You’re going to love this. They’ve changed their minds again.Idioms (informal, humorous) used to say that you must go, although you would like to stay longer Well, time to love you and leave you.
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