English Thesaurus

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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.
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'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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