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verb [T] uk   us   /lʌv/

love verb [T] (LIKE SOMEONE)

A1 to like another adult very much and be romantically and sexually attracted to them, or to have strong feelings of liking a friend or person in your family: I love you. Last night he told me he loved me. I've only ever loved one man. I'm sure he loves his kids.
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love verb [T] (LIKE SOMETHING)

A1 to like something very much: She loves animals. I absolutely love chocolate. He really loves his job. [+ -ing verb] I love skiing. Love it or hate it, reality TV is here to stay.would love A2 used, often in requests, to say that you would very much like something: I'd love a cup of coffee if you're making one. [+ to infinitive] She would dearly love to start her own business.UK I'd love you to come to dinner next week.US I'd love for you to come to dinner next week.
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love

noun uk   us   /lʌv/

love noun (LIKING SOMEONE)

B1 [U] the feeling of liking another adult very much and being romantically and sexually attracted to them, or strong feelings of liking a friend or person in your family: "I've been seeing him over a year now." "Is it love?" Children need to be shown lots of love. "I'm seeing Laura next week." "Oh, please give her my love" (= tell her I am thinking about her with affection). Maggie asked me to send her love to you and the kids (= tell you that she is thinking about you with affection).informal How's your love life (= your romantic and/or sexual relationships) these days?B1 [C] a person that you love and feel attracted to: He was the love of my life. She was my first love. [as form of address] UK informal used as a friendly form of address: You look tired, love. That'll be four pounds exactly, love.A2 [U] informal (also love from, all my love) used before your name at the end of letters, cards, etc. to friends or family: See you at Christmas. Love, Kate.be in love B1 to love someone in a romantic and sexual way: I'm in love for the first time and it's wonderful. They're still madly in love (with each other).fall in love (with sb) B1 to start to love someone romantically and sexually: I was 20 when I first fell in love.
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love noun (LIKING SOMETHING)

B2 [U] strong liking for: I don't share my boyfriend's love of cooking.B2 [C] something that you like very much: Music is one of her greatest loves.
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love noun (TENNIS)

[U] (in tennis) the state of having no points: The score now stands at 40–love.
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