Translation of "love" - English-Spanish dictionary


verb uk /lʌv/ us /lʌv/ present participle loving, past tense and past participle loved

A1 to like someone very much and have sexual feelings for them

amar, querer
Last night he told me he loved me.

A1 to like a friend or a person in your family very much

amar, querer
I’m sure he loves his kids.

A1 to like something very much

He loves his music.
She loves animals.
would love something/to do something

A2 used to say that you want something very much

querer mucho algo/hacer algo
I’d love some chocolate!
I’d love to be an actor.
I’d love to

A2 used to say that you would very much like to do something that someone is offering

me encantaría
‘I wondered if you’d like to meet up sometime?’ ‘I’d love to.’
noun uk /lʌv/ us /lʌv/

B1 [ no plural ] the feeling of liking someone very much and having sexual feelings for them

a love song

B1 [ no plural ] 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.

B1 a person that you love and feel attracted to

She was my first love.

something that interests you a lot

his love of books
love; all my love

A2 something you write at the end of a letter to a friend or someone in your family

un abrazo, te quiere
Love, Mum
in love

B1 having a strong feeling that you love someone

I’m in love with him.
fall in love

B1 to start to love someone

I was 20 when I first fell in love.
make love

to have sex

hacer el amor

(Translation of “love” from the Cambridge English-Spanish Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)


noun /lav/

a feeling of great fondness or enthusiasm for a person or thing

She has a great love of music
Her love for her children was clear for all to see.

strong attachment with sexual attraction

They are in love with one another.

a person or thing that is thought of with (great) fondness (used also as a term of affection)

guapo, cielo
Ballet is the love of her life
Goodbye, love!

a score of nothing in tennis

The present score is fifteen love (written 15–0).
lovable adjective

(opposite unlovable) easy to love or like; attractive

adorable, amable
a lovable child.
lovely adjective (comparative lovelier, superlative loveliest)

(opposite unlovely) beautiful; attractive

lindo, bello, hermoso
She is a lovely girl
She looked lovely in that dress.


estupendo, delicioso
What a lovely surprise!
a lovely meal.
loveliness noun

encanto, hermosura
lover noun

a person who enjoys or admires or has a special affection for something

aficionado, amante
an art lover
an animal lover.

a person who is having a love affair with another

amante, enamorado
The two lovers embraced each other passionately.
loving adjective

cariñoso, tierno
a loving relationship.
lovingly adverb

con cariño
love affair noun

a (temporary and often sexual) relationship between two people who are in love but not married

aventura, lío, rollo
She has had many love affairs.
love letter noun

a letter expressing love

carta de amor
Emma kept all of Charles’ love letters.
lovesick adjective

sad because of being in love

mal de amores
a lovesick youth
lovesick glances.
fall in love (with)

to develop feelings of love and sexual attraction (for)

He fell in love with her straightaway.
for love or money

in any way at all

por nada del mundo
We couldn’t get a taxi for love or money.
make love

to have sexual intercourse.

hacer el amor
there’s no love lost between them

they dislike one another

no se pueden ni ver, son como el perro y el gato, no se tienen ningún aprecio
There’s no love lost between the two brothers – they can’t stand each other.

(Translation of “love” from the PASSWORD English-Spanish Dictionary © 2014 K Dictionaries Ltd)