- A feeling of strong attachment induced by that which delights or commands admiration; preëminent kindness or devotion to another; affection; tenderness; as, the love of brothers and sisters."Of all the dearest bonds we prove Thou countest sons' and mothers' love Most sacred, most Thine own." [Keble.]
- Especially, devoted attachment to, or tender or passionate affection for, one of the opposite sex."He on his side Leaning half-raised, with looks of cordial love Hung over her enamored." [Milton.]
- Courtship; -- chiefly in the phrase to make love, i. e., to court, to woo, to solicit union in marriage."Demetrius . . . Made love to Nedar's daughter, Helena, And won her soul." [Shak.]
- Affection; kind feeling; friendship; strong liking or desire; fondness; good will; -- opposed to hate; often with of and an object." Love, and health to all." [Shak.]"Smit with the love of sacred song." [Milton.]"The love of science faintly warmed his breast." [Fenton.]
- Due gratitude and reverence to God."Keep yourselves in the love of God." [Jude 21.]
- The object of affection; -- often employed in endearing address; as, he held his love in his arms; his greatest love was reading."Trust me, love." [Dryden.]"Open the temple gates unto my love." [Spenser.]
- Cupid, the god of love; sometimes, Venus."Such was his form as painters, when they show Their utmost art, on naked Lores bestow." [Dryden.]"Therefore do nimble-pinioned doves draw Love." [Shak.]
- A thin silk stuff.(Obs)
- [Bot] A climbing species of Clematis Clematis Vitalba).
- Nothing; no points scored on one side; -- used in counting score at tennis, etc."He won the match by three sets to love." [The Field.]
- Sexual intercourse; -- a euphemism.synonyms: Affection; friendship; kindness; tenderness; fondness; delight.
Note: ☞ Love is often used in the formation of compounds, in most of which the meaning is very obvious; as, love-cracked, love-darting, love-killing, love-linked, love-taught, etc.
Etymology: OE. love luve, AS. lufe lufu; akin to E. lief believe, L. lubet libet, it pleases, Skr. lubh to be lustful. See Lief