Word of the Week

love

Definition of love

 (Entry 1 of 2) 1a(1) : strong affection for another arising out of kinship or personal ties maternal love for a child (2) : attraction based on sexual desire : affection and tenderness felt by lovers After all these years, they are still very much in love. (3) : affection based on admiration, benevolence, or common interests love for his old schoolmates b : an assurance of affection give her my love 2 : warm attachment, enthusiasm, or devotion love of the sea 3a : the object of attachment, devotion, or admiration baseball was his first love b(1) : a beloved person : darling —often used as a term of endearment (2) British —used as an informal term of address 4a : unselfish loyal and benevolent (see benevolent sense 1a) concern for the good of another: such as (1) : the fatherly concern of God for humankind (2) : brotherly concern for others b : a person’s adoration of God 5 : a god (such as Cupid or Eros) or personification of love 6 : an amorous episode : love affair 7 : the sexual embrace : copulation 8 : a score of zero (as in tennis) 9 capitalized, Christian Science : god at love : holding one’s opponent scoreless in tennis in love : inspired by affection