warm liking or affection; affectionate devotion;
a mother's love for her children
love of (one's) country,
ie patriotism. *
She was a great love for animals.
He shows little love towards her.
sexual affection or passion:
marry for love, not money
Their love has cooled,
ie is no longer strong.
God's benevolence towards mankind.
strong liking for sth:
a love of learning, adventure, music.
person who is loved; sweetheart:
Take care, my love.
one of my former loves
(jocular) with his lady love,
ie his girlfriend or wife.
delightful person or thing:
What a love her daughter is!
Isn't this a perfect love?
[C] (Brit informal
(form of address used by a man to a woman or child (not necessarily a friend), or by a woman to a person of either sex):
Mind your head, love!
[U] (in tennis)
no score; nil:
neither player or pair has scored *
The score on Court One is thirty-love.
(idiom) be in love
feel affection and desire (for sb):
They're very much in love (with each other).
I'm madly in love with her.
be in love with sth
be very fond of something:
a city in love with its own past
He's in love with the sound of his own voice,
ie he talks too much.
have a strong affection or tender feelings for (sb/sth):
love one's parents, country, wife
ie worship him.
[Tn, Tt, Tnt, Tg, Tsg] like (sb/sth) greatly; take pleasure in:
She's always loved horses.
He loves his pipe,
ie smoking it. *
Children love to play/playing.
`Will you come?` `I'd love to!`
We'd love you to come to dinner.
I love him reading to me in bed.
(idiom) love me, love my dog
) if one loves sb, one will or should love everyone and everything associated with him.