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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.


Synonymspassion


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


Synonymsenjoy


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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