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noun love pronunciation in American English /lʌv/
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  1. 1
    [uncountable] a very strong emotional and sexual feeling for someone
    love for:

    the speech in which Romeo expresses his love for Juliet

    in love (with someone):

    I think I’m in love.

    fall in love (with someone) (=to start to love someone):

    They met and fell in love at college.

    head over heels in love/madly in love (=very much in love):

    She’s madly in love with a guy she met in Spain.

    true love (=love that lasts forever):

    I’m not sure I believe in true love.

    unrequited love (=when you love someone but they do not love you):

    a true story of unrequited love

    love blossoms/grows:

    Their love blossomed over the years.

    unconditional love (=love that forgives everything and asks for nothing):

    Laura was thankful for her father’s support and unconditional love.

    love at first sight (=when you love someone from the first time you see them):

    It was love at first sight when I met Allan.

  2. 2
    [uncountable] the feeling of liking and caring for someone such as a member of your family or a close friend
    love and affection:

    Children need a lot of love and affection.

    love for:

    his love for his brother

    1. a.
      used about things, ideas, places, etc.
      love of/for:

      He was someone with a great love of life.

      Patriotism may be defined as love for one’s country.

  3. 3
    [countable] someone who you have a sexual or romantic relationship with
    first love:

    the boy who was her first love

    the love of your life (=the person you have loved most):

    He had lost the love of his life.

    1. a.
      something that you enjoy very much

      Music was his greatest love.

  4. 4
    [countable] British someone who you like very much because they are kind

    He’s a real love.

  5. 5
    [uncountable] used at the end of a letter to someone you know well
    love (from):

    Hope to see you soon. Love, Ray.

    lots of love (from):

    Take care. Lots of love, Helen.

    all my love (=used for writing to someone you love):

    I can’t wait to see you. All my love, Douglas.

  6. 6
    [singular] British used for talking to your husband, wife, girlfriend, etc.

    Did that letter arrive, love?

    1. a.
      used by some people when talking to a woman whose name they do not know. Some women find this offensive

      That’ll be three pounds, love.

  7. 7
    [uncountable] a score of no points in tennis


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