Meaning of “love” in the English Dictionary

"love" in British English

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loveverb [ T ]

uk /lʌv/ 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.
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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lovenoun

uk /lʌv/ 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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(Definition of “love” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"love" in American English

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loveverb

us /lʌv/

love verb (LIKE SOMEONE)

[ T ] to have a strong affection for someone, which can be combined with a strong romantic attraction:

Susan loved her brother dearly.
"I love you and want to marry you, Emily," he said.

love verb (LIKE SOMETHING)

to like something very much:

[ + to infinitive ] We’d love to own our own home.

lovenoun

us /lʌv/

love noun (LIKING SOMEONE)

fall in love

If you fall in love you begin to love someone:

She’s fallen in love and made plans to marry.

[ U ] You can write love/love from/all my love/lots of love before your name at the end of letters to family and friends.

in love

A person who is in love is experiencing a romantic attraction for another person:

I think he's in love with Anna.

(Definition of “love” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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