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Meaning of “love” - Learner’s Dictionary

love

noun     /lʌv/
ROMANCE/SEX [U] B1 the feeling of liking someone very much and having romantic or sexual feelings for them: He's madly in love with (= he loves) her. I was 20 when I first fell in love (= started to love someone). a love song/storyLoving and in love
make love to have sexSexual activity in generalPhysical and sexual assault and abductionSexual intercourse
PERSON [C] B1 someone who you like very much and have a romantic or sexual relationship with: He was my first love.Romantic and sexual partners
FRIENDS/FAMILY [U] B1 the feeling of liking a friend or person in your family very much: Nothing is as strong as the love you have for your kids.Loving and in loveFamily relations in generalFriendly
INTEREST [C, U] B2 something that interests you a lot: his love of booksLiking
Love from; All my love A2 something you write at the end of a letter to a friend or someone in your family: Love from UK Mum/ US Mom. All my love, Louise.Written greetingsLetters, notes and cards
SPEAKING TO SOMEONE mainly UK You call someone 'love' to show affection or to be friendly: "Margot?" "Yes, love." Two portions of chips please, love.Friendly and unfriendly terms of address
SPORTS [U] in games such as tennis, a score of zero: She's leading by two sets to love. →  See also a labour of love Tennis and racket sports
(Definition of love noun from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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