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verb [transitive]     love pronunciation in American English
Word Forms
present tense
present participleloving
past tenseloved
past participleloved
  1. 1
    [never passive] mainly spoken to like or enjoy something very much

    We went to Vancouver last year and loved it.

    I’ve been retired for a year now and I’m loving every minute of it.

    I would love a glass of wine (=would like one very much).

    love to do something:

    I would love to see them again.

    love doing something:

    Ben loves playing the piano.

    love nothing more/better than:

    I love nothing better than having a really good meal with a few close friends.

  2. 2
    [never progressive] to be very strongly attracted to someone in an emotional and sexual way

    I love you.

    We love each other, and we’re going to get married.

  3. 3
    [never progressive] to care very much about someone, especially members of your family or close friends

    She loved her children with all her heart.

    love someone dearly:

    I’ve known Jack for years and I love him dearly.

    1. a.
      used about places, ideas, etc.

      She went back to the country she loved.

      Those who love money will never find happiness.

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