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Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
love (noun)
1.
a) (1) strong affection for another arising out of kinship or personal ties - maternal love for a child
(2) attraction based on sexual desire affection and tenderness felt by - lovers
(3) affection based on admiration, , or common interests - benevolence love for his old schoolmates
b) an assurance of affection - give her my love
2.
warm , enthusiasm, or devotion - attachment love of the sea
3.
a) the object of attachment, devotion, or admiration - baseball was his first love
b) (1) a beloved person - darling often used as a term of endearment
(2) British - used as an informal term of address
4.
a) unselfish loyal and benevolent concern for the good of another as
(1) the fatherly concern of God for humankind
(2) brotherly concern for others
b) a person's adoration of God
5.
a god or of love - personification
6.
an episode - amorous love affair
7.
the sexual embrace - copulation
8.
a score of zero (as in tennis)
9.
capitalized Christian Science - god
love (verb)
transitive verb
1.
to hold dear - cherish
2.
a) to feel a lover's passion, devotion, or tenderness for
b) (1) - caress
(2) to fondle - amorously
(3) to copulate with
3.
to like or desire actively take pleasure in - loved to play the violin
4.
intransitive verb
to in - thrive the rose loves sunlight to feel affection or experience desire
Merriam-Webster Online Thesaurus
love (noun)
1.
a feeling of strong or constant regard for and dedication to someone
SYNONIMS:
affection, attachment, devotedness, devotion, fondness, passion
RELATED WORDS:
appetite, fancy, favor, like, liking, partiality, preference, relish, taste; craving, crush, desire, infatuation, longing, lust, yearning; ardor, eagerness, enthusiasm, fervor, zeal; appreciation, esteem, estimation, regard, respect; adoration, adulation, deification, idolatry, idolization, worship; allegiance, faithfulness, fealty, fidelity, loyalty, steadfastness
NEAR ANTONYMS:
allergy, animosity, antagonism, antipathy, aversion, disfavor, dislike, enmity, hostility; abhorrence, disgust, repugnance, repulsion, revulsion; misanthropy
abomination, hate, hatred, loathing, rancor
love (noun)
2.
a person with whom one is in love
SYNONIMS:
beloved, darling, dear, flame, hon, honey, love, squeeze, sweet, sweetie, sweetie pie, truelove
RELATED WORDS:
beau, boy, boyfriend, fellow, man, swain; gal, girl, girlfriend, inamorata, ladylove, lass, mistress, tootsie; amour, lover, paramour; doll, duck(s) [], pet; date, escort, steady; admirer, gallant, suitor, wooer; groom, husband; bride, wife; significant other; fiancé, intended; crush, heartthrob
love (noun)
3.
positive regard for something
SYNONIMS:
appetite, fancy, favor, fondness, like, love, love affair, partiality, preference, relish, shine, taste, use
RELATED WORDS:
craving, desire, hankering, longing, thirst, yen; enthusiasm, gusto, interest, passion; bias, prejudice; bent, inclination, leaning, propensity, tendency; tooth; palate; weakness
NEAR ANTONYMS:
apathy, disinclination; indifference, unconcern
aversion, disfavor, disgust, dislike, distaste, hatred, loathing, mislike
love (noun)
4.
a brief romantic relationship
SYNONIMS:
amour, fling, love, love affair, romance
RELATED WORDS:
intrigue, liaison; dalliance, hanky-panky; attachment, infatuation; entanglement, flirtation; idyll ( idyl), passion; calf-love, puppy love
love (verb)
1.
to hold dear
SYNONIMS:
appreciate, cherish, prize, treasure, value
RELATED WORDS:
delight (in), dig, enjoy, fancy, groove (on), like, relish, revel (in); admire, apprize, esteem, regard, respect, revere, reverence, venerate; enshrine, memorialize; adore, caress, dote (on), idolize, worship
set store by ( set store on)
NEAR ANTONYMS:
undervalue; abhor, abominate, despise, detest, execrate, hate, loathe; disdain, high-hat, scorn, scout, slight, sniff (at), snub; bad-mouth, belittle, cry down, decry, deprecate, depreciate, disparage, kiss off, minimize, put down, write off; abandon, forget, neglect
disvalue
love (verb)
2.
to feel passion, devotion, or tenderness for
SYNONIMS:
adore, cherish, worship
RELATED WORDS:
adulate, canonize, deify, idealize, idolize; revere, reverence, venerate; delight (in), dote (on)
carry a torch for ( carry the torch for), fall for, lose one's heart (to)
NEAR ANTONYMS:
antagonize, displease; disapprove (of), disfavor, dislike; disgust, nauseate, repel, repulse, revolt, sicken, turn off
abhor, abominate, despise, detest, execrate, hate, loathe
love (verb)
3.
to take pleasure in
SYNONIMS:
adore, delight (in), dig, fancy, get off (on), groove (on), like, love, rejoice (in), relish, revel (in), savor ( savour)
RELATED WORDS:
admire, appreciate, cherish, revere, venerate, worship; prize, treasure, value; devour, drink (in), eat (up), feast (on); dote (on), idolize; cotton (to), favor, prefer; indulge (in), luxuriate (in), wallow (in)
NEAR ANTONYMS:
abhor, abominate, detest, dislike, hate, loathe; condemn, despise, scorn
love (verb)
4.
to touch or handle in a tender or loving manner
SYNONIMS:
caress, gentle, love, pat, pet, stroke
RELATED WORDS:
bill, canoodle, cuddle, neck, nestle, nose, nuzzle, snuggle, spoon; feel up, paw; cradle, embrace, enfold, hug; bounce, dandle; knead, massage; baby, coddle, indulge, mollycoddle, pamper, spoil
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