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love

verb [T] uk   /lʌv/ us  

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.Loving and in love

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.Liking 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. I'd love you to come to dinner some night.US I'd love for you to come to dinner tonight.Wanting thingsHoping and hopefulness

love

noun uk   /lʌv/ us  

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).informal How's your love life (= your romantic and/or sexual relationships) these days?Loving and in love B1 [C] a person that you love and feel attracted to: He was the love of my life. She was my first love.Romantic and sexual partners [as form of address] UK informal used as a friendly form of address: You look tired, love. That'll be four pounds exactly, love.Friendly and unfriendly terms of address 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.Written greetingsLetters, notes and cards 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).Loving and in love fall in love (with sb) B1 to start to love someone romantically and sexually: I was 20 when I first fell in love.Loving and in love

love noun (LIKING SOMETHING)

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

love noun (TENNIS)

[U] (in tennis) the state of having no points: The score now stands at 40–love.Tennis and racket sports
(Definition of love from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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