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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: [T] My kids love cartoons. [+ 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)







"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. 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.
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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  • love noun (TENNIS)

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