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English noun: love

1. love (feeling) a strong positive emotion of regard and affection

SamplesHis love for his work.
Children need a lot of love.

Broader (hypernym)emotion

Narrower (hyponym)adoration, agape, agape, agape love, amorousness, ardor, ardour, benevolence, calf love, caring, crush, devotedness, devotion, enamoredness, filial love, heartstrings, infatuation, lovingness, loyalty, puppy love, worship

Antonymshate, hatred

2. love (cognition) any object of warm affection or devotion

SamplesThe theater was her first love.
He has a passion for cock fighting.


Broader (hypernym)object

3. love (person) a beloved person; used as terms of endearment

Synonymsbeloved, dear, dearest, honey

Broader (hypernym)lover

4. love (feeling) a deep feeling of sexual desire and attraction

SamplesTheir love left them indifferent to their surroundings.
She was his first love.

Synonymserotic love, sexual love

Broader (hypernym)concupiscence, eros, physical attraction, sexual desire

5. love (quantity) a score of zero in tennis or squash

SamplesIt was 40 love.

Broader (hypernym)score

6. love (act) sexual activities (often including sexual intercourse) between two people

SamplesHis lovemaking disgusted her.
He hadn't had any love in months.
He has a very complicated love life.

Synonymslove life, lovemaking, making love, sexual love

Broader (hypernym)sex, sex activity, sexual activity, sexual practice

English verb: love

1. love (emotion) have a great affection or liking for

SamplesI love French food.
She loves her boss and works hard for him.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Narrower (hyponym)adore, care for, cherish, dote, hold dear, love, treasure

Antonymsdetest, hate

2. love (emotion) get pleasure from

SamplesI love cooking.

ExamplesThey love him to write the letter


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s to INFINITIVE

Broader (hypernym)like

Narrower (hyponym)get off

3. love (emotion) be enamored or in love with

SamplesShe loves her husband deeply.

ExamplesSam cannot love Sue

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)love

Narrower (hyponym)romance

4. love (contact) have sexual intercourse with

SamplesThis student sleeps with everyone in her dorm.
Adam knew Eve.
Were you ever intimate with this man?.

Synonymsbang, be intimate, bed, bonk, do it, eff, fuck, get it on, get laid, have a go at it, have intercourse, have it away, have it off, have sex, hump, jazz, know, lie with, make love, make out, roll in the hay, screw, sleep together, sleep with

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)copulate, couple, mate, pair

Narrower (hyponym)fornicate, have, take

Verb groupmake out, neck

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