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noun [countable] British English pronunciation: lover /ˈlʌvə(r)/ 
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  1. 1
    someone who is in a loving or sexual relationship with another person

    She gazed into the eyes of her lover.

    young lovers:

    Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare's most famous young lovers

    become lovers:

    They were friends for years before they became lovers.

  2. 2
    someone who likes or enjoys something very much

    a lover of fine art

    He is a favourite of music-lovers everywhere.

    no (great) lover of something (=not liking something very much):

    I'm no great lover of the legal profession, but they are a necessary evil.

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