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noun love pronunciation in British 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
    unconditional love (=love that forgives everything and asks for nothing): Laura was thankful for her father’s support and unconditional love.
    love blossoms/grows: Their love blossomed over the years.
    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.
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  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.
  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?
    my love: You know I’ll never leave you, my love.
  7. 7
    [uncountable] a score of no points in tennis
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