In love – definition of in love by The Free Dictionary

love

 (lŭv)

n.

1. A strong feeling of affection and concern toward another person, as that arising from kinship or close friendship.

2. A strong feeling of affection and concern for another person accompanied by sexual attraction.

3.

a. A feeling of devotion or adoration toward God or a god.

b. A feeling of kindness or concern by God or a god toward humans.

c. often Love Christianity Charity.

4.

a. Sexual desire or activity: the pleasures of love; a night of love.

b. An instance of being in love: Teenage loves can be as fleeting as they are intense.

5.

a. A person for whom one has strong feelings of affection: She met her new love at the restaurant.

b. Used as a term of endearment for such a person.

6. An intense emotional attachment to something, as to a pet or treasured object.

7. An expression of one’s affection: Send him my love.

8.

a. A strong predilection or enthusiasm: a love of language; love for the game of golf.

b. The object of such an enthusiasm: The outdoors is her greatest love.

9. Love Mythology Eros or Cupid.

10. Sports A score of zero, as in tennis.

v. loved, lov·ing, loves

v.tr.

1. To feel love for (a person): We love our parents. I love my friends.

2. To feel sexual love for (a person).

3.

a. To feel devotion to (God or a god).

b. To feel or show kindness or concern to (a person). Used of God or a god.

4. To have an intense emotional attachment to: loves his house.

5.

a. To embrace or caress: They were loving each other on the sofa.

b. To have sexual intercourse with.

6. To like or desire enthusiastically: loves swimming.

7. To thrive on; need: The cactus loves hot, dry air.

v.intr.

To feel love or sexual love for another.

Idioms:

for love

Out of compassion; with no thought for a reward: She volunteers at the hospital for love.

for love or money

Under any circumstances. Usually used in negative sentences: I would not do that for love or money.

for the love of

For the sake of; in consideration for: did it all for the love of praise.

in love

1. Deeply or passionately enamored: a young couple in love.

2. Highly or immoderately fond: in love with Japanese painting; in love with the sound of her own voice.

no love lost

No affection; animosity: There’s no love lost between them.


American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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