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  1. adore, care for, treasure, cherish, prize, worship, be devoted to, be attached to, be in love with, dote on, hold dear, think the world of, idolize, feel affection for, have affection for, adulate, LUV (text messaging) •  We love each other, and we want to spend our lives together. OPPOSITES: 
    opposites: hate, dislike, scorn, detest, abhor, abominate
  2. enjoy, like, desire, fancy, appreciate, relish, delight in, savour, take pleasure in, have a soft spot for, be partial to, have a weakness for, LUV (text messaging) •  We loved the food so much, especially the fish dishes. OPPOSITES: 
    opposites: hate, dislike, scorn, detest, abhor, abominate
  3. cuddle, neck (informal), kiss, pet, embrace, caress, fondle, LUV (text messaging), canoodle (slang) •  the loving and talking that marked an earlier stage of the relationship


  1. passion, liking, regard, friendship, affection, warmth, attachment, intimacy, devotion, tenderness, fondness, rapture, adulation, adoration, infatuation, ardour, endearment, aroha (New Zealand), amity, LUV (text messaging) •  Our love for each other has been increased by what we've been through together. OPPOSITES: 
    opposites: hate, disgust, hostility, dislike, hatred, resentment, loathing, bitterness, scorn, malice, animosity, aversion, antagonism, antipathy, bad blood, abomination, incompatibility, ill will, abhorrence, repugnance, detestation
  2. liking, taste, delight in, bent for, weakness for, relish for, enjoyment, devotion to, penchant for, inclination for, zest for, fondness for, soft spot for, partiality to, LUV (text messaging) •  a love of literature
  3. beloved, dear, dearest, sweet, lover, angel, darling, honey, loved one, sweetheart, truelove, dear one, leman (archaic), inamorata or inamorato, LUV (text messaging) •  Don't cry, my love. OPPOSITES: 
    opposites: enemy, foe
  4. sympathy, understanding, heart, charity, pity, humanity, warmth, mercy, compassion, sorrow, kindness, tenderness, friendliness, condolence, commiseration, fellow feeling, soft-heartedness, tender-heartedness, aroha (New Zealand), LUV (text messaging) •  a manifestation of his love for his fellow men
  5. greetings, regards, compliments, best wishes, good wishes, kind regards, LUV (text messaging) •  She's fine and sends her love.
related adjective:
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways
Elizabeth Barrett Browning – Sonnets from the Portuguese

All that matters is love and work
attributed to Sigmund Freud

Money was scarce but new love has no need of money. Somewhere to go, to be together is all and we were lucky. We had that. Hell is love with no place to go
Dilys Rose – All the Little Loved Ones

To be overtopped in anything else I can bear: but in the tests of generous love I defy all mankind
Robert Burns – letter to Clarinda

Love's pleasure lasts but a moment; love's sorrow lasts all through life
Jean-Pierre Claris de Florian – Celestine

What love is, if thou wouldst be taught,
Thy heart must teach alone -
Two souls with but a single thought,
Two hearts that beat as one

Friedrich Halm – Der Sohn der Wildnis

Love is like the measles; we all have to go through it
Jerome K. Jerome – The Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow

Love's like the measles - all the worse when it comes late in life
Douglas Jerrold – Wit and Opinions of Douglas Jerrold

No, there's nothing half so sweet in life
As love's young dream

Thomas Moore – Love's Young Dream

And all for love, and nothing for reward
Edmund Spenser – The Faerie Queene

'Tis better to have loved and lost
Than never to have loved at all

Alfred, Lord Tennyson – In Memoriam A.H.H.

Love means never having to say you're sorry
Erich Segal – Love Story

In the Spring a livelier iris changes on the burnish'd dove;
In the Spring a young man's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love

Alfred, Lord Tennyson – Locksley Hall

Love is like any other luxury. You have no right to it unless you can afford it
Anthony Trollope – The Way we Live Now

Love conquers all things; let us too give in to love
Virgil – Eclogue

Love and do what you will
Saint Augustine of Hippo – In Epistolam Joannis ad Parthos

Those have most power to hurt us that we love
Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher – The Maid's Tragedy

My love's a noble madness
John Dryden – All for Love

And love's the noblest frailty of the mind
John Dryden – The Indian Emperor

Love's tongue is in the eyes
Phineas Fletcher – Piscatory Eclogues

Love is only one of many passions
Samuel Johnson – Plays of William Shakespeare, preface

Where both deliberate, the love is slight;
Whoever loved that loved not at first sight?

Christopher Marlowe – Hero and Leander

If love is the answer, could you rephrase the question?
Lily Tomlin

Men love in haste, but they detest at leisure
Lord Byron – Don Juan

Men have died from time to time and worms have eaten them, but not for love
William Shakespeare – As You Like It

The course of true love never did run smooth
William Shakespeare – A Midsummer Night's Dream

Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds

William Shakespeare – Sonnets

Love is like linen - often changed, the sweeter
Phineas Fletcher – Sicelides

O my love's like a red, red rose
Robert Burns – A Red, Red Rose

Two things a man cannot hide: that he is drunk, and that he is in love

Every man is a poet when he is in love
Plato – Symposium

one that lov'd not wisely but too well
William Shakespeare – Othello

To fall in love is to create a religion that has a fallible god
Jorge Luis Borges – The Meeting in a Dream

Love is like quicksilver in the hand. Leave the fingers open and it stays. Clutch it, and it darts away
Dorothy Parker

Love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward in the same direction
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Love ceases to be a pleasure, when it ceases to be a secret
Aphra Behn – The Lover's Watch, Four O'Clock

Women who love the same man have a kind of bitter freemasonry
Max Beerbohm – Zuleika Dobson

Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it
Bible: Song of Solomon

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends
Bible: St. John

O lyric Love, half-angel and half-bird
And all a wonder and a wild desire

Robert Browning – The Ring and the Book

Man's love is of man's life a thing apart,
'Tis woman's whole existence

Lord Byron – Don Juan

Whoever loves, if he do not propose
The right true end of love, he's one that goes
To sea for nothing but to make him sick

John Donne – Love's Progress

I am two fools, I know,
For loving, and for saying so
In whining poetry

John Donne – The Triple Fool

How alike are the groans of love to those of the dying
Malcolm Lowry – Under the Volcano

Love is the delusion that one woman differs from another
H.L. Mencken – Chrestomathy

After all, my erstwhile dear,
My no longer cherished,
Need we say it was not love,
Now that love has perished?

Edna St. Vincent Millay – Passer Mortuus Est

If I am pressed to say why I loved him, I feel it can only be explained by replying: `Because it was he; because it was me.'
Montaigne – Essais

Love built on beauty, soon as beauty, dies
John Donne – The Anagram

Love thy neighbour as thyself
Bible: Leviticus
PROVERBS: All's fair in love and war Love is blind One cannot love and be wise Love makes the world go round Love will find a way

'love' in Other Languages

  • British English: love Love is the very strong warm feeling that you have when you care very much about someone, or you have strong romantic feelings for them.In the four years since we married, our love has grown stronger.lʌv NOUN
  • Arabic: حُبٌ
  • Brazilian Portuguese: amor
  • Chinese:
  • Croatian: ljubav
  • Czech: láska
  • Danish: kærlighed
  • Dutch: liefde
  • European Spanish: amor
  • Finnish: rakkaus
  • French: amour
  • German: Liebe
  • Greek: αγάπη
  • Italian: amore
  • Japanese:
  • Korean: 사랑
  • Norwegian: kjærlighet
  • Polish: miłość
  • Portuguese: amor
  • Romanian: iubire iubiri
  • Russian: любовь
  • Spanish: amor
  • Swedish: kärlek
  • Thai: ความรัก
  • Turkish: sevgi/aşk
  • Ukrainian: кохання
  • Vietnamese: tình yêu
  • British English: love If you love someone, you care very much about them.lʌv VERBcare about
  • Arabic: يَوَدُّ
  • Brazilian Portuguese: amar
  • Chinese:
  • Croatian: voljeti
  • Czech: milovat
  • Danish: elske
  • Dutch: houden van
  • European Spanish: amar
  • Finnish: rakastaa
  • French: aimer
  • German: lieben
  • Greek: αγαπώ
  • Italian: amare
  • Japanese: 愛する
  • Korean: 사랑하다
  • Norwegian: elske
  • Polish: pokochać kochać
  • Portuguese: amar
  • Romanian: a iubi
  • Russian: любить
  • Spanish: amar
  • Swedish: älska
  • Thai: รัก
  • Turkish: sevmek
  • Ukrainian: кохати
  • Vietnamese: yêu
  • British English: lovelʌv If you love something, you like it very much.We both love football. VERBenjoy
  • Arabic: يُحِبُّ
  • Brazilian Portuguese: adorar
  • Chinese: 喜爱
  • Croatian: voljeti
  • Czech: zbožňovat
  • Danish: elsker
  • Dutch: houden van
  • European Spanish: encantar
  • Finnish: rakastaa
  • French: aimer beaucoup
  • German: gern mögen
  • Greek: αγαπώ
  • Italian: amare
  • Japanese: ・・・が大好きだ
  • Korean: 사랑하다
  • Norwegian: elske
  • Polish: uwielbiać
  • Portuguese: adorar
  • Romanian: a-i plăcea
  • Russian: любить
  • Spanish: encantargustar mucho
  • Swedish: älska
  • Thai: รัก ชื่นชอบ
  • Turkish: sevmek
  • Ukrainian: любити
  • Vietnamese: yêu


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