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verb [transitive] love pronunciation in British English /lʌv/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleloving
past tenseloved
past participleloved
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  1. 1
    [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.
  2. 2
    [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.
  3. 3
    [never passive] mainly spoken to like or enjoy something very much
    Lucy loves chocolate.
    We went to Corfu 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.


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