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romance

noun uk   /rəʊˈmæns/ /ˈrəʊ.mæns/ us    /roʊˈmæns/
B1 [C] a close, usually short relationship of love between two people: They got married last year after a whirlwind (= very short and unexpected) romance. It was just a holiday romance. Office romances are usually a bad idea. [U] the feelings and behaviour of two people who are in a loving and sexual relationship with each other: I felt as though all the romance had gone out of my marriage. [U] the feeling of excitement or mystery that you have from a particular experience or event: He loves the romance of travelling on a steam train. [C] a story about love: a historical romance She loves reading romances. [C] a story of exciting events, especially one written or set in the past: medieval romances

romance

verb uk   /rəʊˈmæns/ /ˈrəʊ.mæns/ us    /roʊˈmæns/
[I] to tell stories that are not true, or to describe an event in a way that makes it sound better than it was [T] old-fashioned to try to persuade someone to love you
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