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n., v. loved, lov•ing. n.
love- From Old English lufu, connected with Sanskrit lubh, "to desire," and Latin lubere, "to please."
- Absence in love is like waters upon fire; a little quickens, but much extinguishes it —Hannah More
- All loving emotions, like plants, shoot up most rapidly in the tempestuous atmosphere of life —Jean Paul Richter
- Amorous as Emma Bovary —James G. Huneker
- Could love forever run like a river —Lord Byron
- Falling in love is something you forget, like pain —Nina Bawden
- Felt love like a lottery prize —Geoffrey Wolff
- First and passionate love, it stands alone, like Adam’s recollection of his fall —Lord Byron
- The force of her love … is bulky and hard to carry, like a package that keeps untying —Louise Erdrich
- Going through life without love is like going through a good dinner without an appetite; everything seems flat and tasteless —Helen Rowland
- Her love was like the swallow’s, whose first thought is for its nest —Italo Svevo
- If love were what the rose is, and I were like the leaf, our lives would grow together —Algernon Charles Swinburne
- I love you as New Englanders love pie —Don Marquis
- Infatuation like paralysis, is often all on one side —Helen Rowland
- It [love] could, like grief, grow forgetful and weary and slowly wear away —Alice Mc Dermott
- Knew as much about love as a pig knows about St. Valentine’s Day —Harry Prince
- Like the water of a deep stream, love is always too much —Wendell Berry
This line from a poem entitled The Country of Marriage is followed by: “We did not make it. Though we drink till we burst we cannot have it all, or want it all.”
- Love as an old man loves money, with no stomach —William Shakespeare
- Love burst out … all over our bodies, like sweat —Yehuda Amichai
- Love can die of truth as friendship of a lie —Abel Bonard
- Love … comes as a butterfly tipped with gold —Algernon Charles Swinburne
- Love comes into your being like a tidal wave … sometimes it withdraws like a wave, till there isn’t such a thing as a pool left, and every bit of your heart is as dry as seaweed beyond the wave’s reach —Phyllis Bottome
- Love comforts like sunshine after rain —William Shakespeare
The original simile as used in Venus and Adonis had the word ‘comforts’ spelled as ‘comforteth.’
- Love doesn’t just sit there, like a stone, it has to be made, like bread; remade all the time, made new —Ursula K. Le Guin
- Love … entered the room like a miracle —Milan Kundera
- Love had seized her as unexpectedly as would sudden death —Elizabeth Taylor
- (Our cook is in love.) Love hangs on the house like a mist —Phyllis McGinley
- Love hung still as crystal over the bed —Louis MacNeice
- Love is fierce as death —The Holy Bible/Song of Songs
- Love is flower-like —Samuel Taylor Coleridge
- Love is … fresh as dew when first it is new —British folk song, “The Water Is Wide” (The Good Times Songbook, Abingdon Press, 1974)
The complete refrain includes yet another simile: “Oh, love is sweet and love is fair, fresh as the dew when first it is new, but love grows old and waxeth cold, and fades away like morning dew.”
- Love is like the moon; when it does not increase it decreases —Joseph Alexandre Pierre Segur
- Love is … lone as the sea, and deeper blue —Dorothy Parker
- Love … it makes him [the lover] fluent as a tin whistle, as limber as a boy’s watch chain, and as polite as a dancing master —Josh Billings
Parts originally in the Billing phonetic dialect: ‘whisseF and ‘perlite’ as a ‘dansing.’
- Loveless as the multiplication table —Sylvia Plath
- Love life … just about as interesting as the love life of the desert horned toad —William Saroyan
- Love, like a tear, rises in the eye and falls upon the breast —Publius Syrus
- Love like chicken salad or restaurant hash, must be taken on blind faith or it loses all its flavor —Helen Rowland
- Love, like death, a universal leveller of mankind —William Congreve
- Love, like death, changes everything —Kahlil Gibran
- Love, like fire, cannot subsist without constant impulse; it ceases to live from the moment it ceases to hope or to fear —Francois, due de La Rochefoucauld
- Love, like money, is probably best kept in the family —William Gaddis, New York Times Book Review, May 24, 1987
Gaddis used this simile to conclude his review of Saul Bellow’s novel, More Die of Heartbreak.
- Love passed between them like a field of light —Ellen Gilchrist
- Love … pricks like a thorn —William Shakespeare
- Love … roots up the will like a leaf —Gustave Flaubert
- Lovers are always in a hurry … like a racing river —Ben Ames Williams
- Lovers fail like seasons —F. D. Reeve
- Love’s dominion, like a king’s, admits of no partition —Ovid
- Love sometimes is like the flower of the wild poppy: you can’t carry it home —Jaroslav Seifert
- Love was a treadmill, like churchgoing —Elizabeth Hardwick
- Love washes on me like rain on a dead man’s shoes —Ellen Gilchrist
- Love without grace is like a hook without bait —Anne de Lencos
- Love without respect is cold as a boa constrictor —Marge Piercy
In her poem, Witnessing a Wedding, Piercy continues with its caresses as choking.
- Loving someone that much younger is like taking a trip to a foreign country —Ellen Gilchrist
- Making love to a woman too many times is like scratching a place that doesn’t itch any more —Anon, Playboy, 1965
- A man in love may behave like a madman but not like a dunce —Francois, due de La Rochefoucauld
Man has been substituted for gentleman to give the simile a more modern tone.
- The man who is not loved hovers like a vulture over the sweetheart of others —Victor Hugo
- My heart simmered with angry love like chicken soup on grandma’s stove —James Atlas
- My love is like foliage in the woods. Time will change it as winter changes the trees —Emily Bronte
The love described is Cathy’s for Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights.
- Once love is purged of vanity it is like a feeble convalescent, hardly capable of dragging itself around —Sebastien Roch Nicolas de Chamfort
- Our love is like our life; there’s no man blest in either till his end —Shackerley Marmion
- Our love is like the misty rain that falls softly … but floods the river —African proverb
- (What I want … is something organic … ) potato love, natural as earth, scruffy and brown, clinging to your roots, helping you grow fit and firm —Daphne Merkin
- Romance, like a ghost, eludes touching —G. W. Curtis
- Romance, like alcohol, should be enjoyed but must not be swallowed to become necessary —Edgar Z. Friedenberg
- Romantic love is ephemeral and occasionally unavoidable … like the viral flu —Marcia Froelke Coburn, New York Time Book Review, September 14, 1986
- A rush of love swamped her heart … like a tide —Vita Sackville-West
- The science of love demands delicacy, perseverance, and practice, like the piano —Anatole France
- The simple accident of falling in love is as beneficial as it is astonishing —Robert Louis Stevenson
- (She was long married … but she had recently) stepped out of the country of love; briskly, and without a backward glance, as if she had spent too much time in its steamy jungles —John Cheever
- This was a game, like bridge, in which you said things instead of playing cards. Like bridge you had to pretend you were playing for money or playing for some stakes —Ernest Hemingway
- Threw herself into love like a suicide into the river —Guy De Maupassant
- To love a woman who scorns you is like licking honey from a thorn —Welsh proverb
- To talk of honour in the mysteries of love, is like talking of Heaven or the Deity in an operation of witchcraft, just when you are employing the devil: it makes the charm impotent —William Wycherley
- Trapped in love … like a great tortoise trapped in a heavy death-like shell —Joyce Carol Oates
- It [being loved by affectionately possessive wife] was like being loved by a large moist sponge —Phyllis Bottome
- Without love our life is … unprofitable as a ship without a rudder … like a body without a soul —Sholom Aleichem
- With true loves as with ghosts: everyone speaks of them, but few have seen them —Francois, due de La Rochefoucauld
- (I) wore my heart like a wet, red stain on the breast of a velvet gown —Dorothy Parker
get under [someone’s] skin See IRRITATION.
heartthrob A lover, paramour, or sweetheart; a romantic idol. This common expression describes the exhilarating cardiac pulsations that supposedly accompany every thought, sight, or touch of one’s true love. Heartthrob may also refer to a celebrity of whom one is enamored.
Rudolph Valentino was the great heartthrob of the silent screen in the nineteen-twenties. (Listener, June, 1966)
hold one’s heart in one’s hand To offer one’s love to another; to make an open display of one’s love. In Shakespeare’s The Tempest (III, i), Ferdinand offers his hand to Miranda, to which she responds in kind:
And mine, with my heart in it.
Christopher Marlowe, a contemporary of Shakespeare’s, also used this expression.
With this hand I give to you my heart. (Dido, III, iv)
look babies in the eyes To gaze lovingly into another’s eyes; to look at closely and amorously. Two unrelated theories have been advanced as to the origin of this expression. One states that the reference is to Cupid, the Roman god of love, commonly pictured as a winged, naked baby boy with a bow and arrows. The other maintains that the phrase originated from the miniature reflection of a person staring closely in the pupils of another’s eyes. In use as early as 1593, the term, now obsolete, was used to describe the amorous gaze of lovers:
She clung about his neck, gave him ten kisses.
Toyed with his locks, looked babies in his eyes.
(Thomas Hey wood, Love’s Mistress, 1633)
love-tooth in the head A propensity to love. This obsolete expression implies a constant craving for romance.
I am now old, but I have in my head a love-tooth. (John Lyly, Euphues and His England, 1580)
rob the cradle To date, marry, or become romantically involved with a significantly younger person. This self-explanatory expression, often substituted by the equally common term cradlesnatch, usually carries an implication of disapproval.
I don’t usually cradlesnatch. But there was something about you that made me think you were older. (J. Aiken, Ribs of Death, 1967)
take a shine to To take a liking or fancy to, to be fond of, to have a crush on. This colloquialism of American origin dates from the mid-19th century. Perhaps shine refers to the “bright and glowing” look often attributed to love.
I wonst had an old flame I took sum thin of a shine to. (Davy Crockett’s Almanac, 1840)
wear one’s heart on one’s sleeve To make no attempt to hide one’s lovesickness; to plainly show that one is suffering from unrequited love; to publicly expose one’s feelings or personal)? wishes. This expression is said to come from the practice of a knight wearing his lady’s favor pinned to his sleeve when going into combat. In Shakespeare’s Othello (I, i), the duplicitous lago says:
For when my outward action doth demonstrate
The native act and figure of my heart
In compliment extern, ’tis not long after
But I will wear my heart upon my sleeve
For daws to peck at.
The verb love is usually used to express a strong feeling of affection for a person or place.
If you want to say that something gives you pleasure, or that you enjoy a person's company, you usually say like, not 'love'.
In conversation and in less formal writing, people sometimes use love to emphasize that they like a thing or activity very much.
Love is usually used in simple rather than progressive forms. For example, you say 'I love you', not 'I'm loving you'. However, in informal spoken English, love is sometimes used in the progressive.
Past participle: loved
|Noun||1.||love - a strong positive emotion of regard and affection; "his love for his work"; "children need a lot of love"|
emotion - any strong feeling
agape love, agape - selfless love of one person for another without sexual implications (especially love that is spiritual in nature)
agape - (Christian theology) the love of God or Christ for mankind
filial love - the love of a child for a parent
benevolence - disposition to do good
heartstrings - your deepest feelings of love and compassion; "many adoption cases tug at the heartstrings"
loyalty - feelings of allegiance
|2.||love - any object of warm affection or devotion; "the theater was her first love"; "he has a passion for cock fighting";|
object - the focus of cognitions or feelings; "objects of thought"; "the object of my affection"
|3.||love - a beloved person; used as terms of endearment|
lover - a person who loves someone or is loved by someone
|4.||love - a deep feeling of sexual desire and attraction; "their love left them indifferent to their surroundings"; "she was his first love"|
|5.||love - a score of zero in tennis or squash; "it was 40 love"|
score - a number that expresses the accomplishment of a team or an individual in a game or contest; "the score was 7 to 0"
|6.||love - sexual activities (often including sexual intercourse) between two people; "his lovemaking disgusted her"; "he hadn't had any love in months"; "he has a very complicated love life"|
|Verb||1.||love - have a great affection or liking for; "I love French food"; "She loves her boss and works hard for him"|
love - be enamored or in love with; "She loves her husband deeply"
dote - shower with love; show excessive affection for; "Grandmother dotes on her the twins"
adore - love intensely; "he just adored his wife"
|2.||love - get pleasure from; "I love cooking"|
like - find enjoyable or agreeable; "I like jogging"; "She likes to read Russian novels"
get off - enjoy in a sexual way; "He gets off on shoes"
|3.||love - be enamored or in love with; "She loves her husband deeply"|
love - have a great affection or liking for; "I love French food"; "She loves her boss and works hard for him"
romance - have a love affair with
|4.||love - have sexual intercourse with; "This student sleeps with everyone in her dorm"; "Adam knew Eve"; "Were you ever intimate with this man?"|
bonk, do it, eff, fuck, get it on, get laid, have a go at it, have intercourse, have it away, have it off, have sex, be intimate, lie with, make love, roll in the hay, screw, sleep together, sleep with, hump, jazz, bed, bang, make out, know
neck, make out - kiss, embrace, or fondle with sexual passion; "The couple were necking in the back seat of the car"
adore hate, dislike, scorn, detest, abhor, abominate
enjoy hate, dislike, scorn, detest, abhor, abominate
passion hate, disgust, hostility, dislike, hatred, resentment, loathing, bitterness, scorn, malice, animosity, aversion, antagonism, antipathy, bad blood, abomination, incompatibility, ill will, abhorrence, repugnance, detestation
beloved enemy, foe
"How do I love thee? Let me count the ways" [Elizabeth Barrett Browning Sonnets from the Portuguese]
"All that matters is love and work" [attributed to Sigmund Freud]
"Love's pleasure lasts but a moment; love's sorrow lasts all through life" [Jean-Pierre Claris de Florian Celestine]
"What love is, if thou wouldst be taught,"
"Thy heart must teach alone -"
"Two souls with but a single thought,"
"Two hearts that beat as one" [Friedrich Halm Der Sohn der Wildnis]
"Love is like the measles; we all have to go through it" [Jerome K. Jerome The Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow]
"Love's like the measles - all the worse when it comes late in life" [Douglas Jerrold Wit and Opinions of Douglas Jerrold]
"No, there's nothing half so sweet in life"
"As love's young dream" [Thomas Moore Love's Young Dream]
"'Tis better to have loved and lost"
"Than never to have loved at all" [Alfred, Lord Tennyson In Memoriam A.H.H.]
"Love means never having to say you're sorry" [Erich Segal Love Story]
"In the Spring a livelier iris changes on the burnish'd dove;"
"In the Spring a young man's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love" [Alfred, Lord Tennyson Locksley Hall]
"Love is like any other luxury. You have no right to it unless you can afford it" [Anthony Trollope The Way we Live Now]
"Love conquers all things; let us too give in to love" [Virgil Eclogue]
"Love and do what you will" [Saint Augustine of Hippo In Epistolam Joannis ad Parthos]
"Those have most power to hurt us that we love" [Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher The Maid's Tragedy]
"My love's a noble madness" [John Dryden All for Love]
"And love's the noblest frailty of the mind" [John Dryden The Indian Emperor]
"Love's tongue is in the eyes" [Phineas Fletcher Piscatory Eclogues]
"Love is only one of many passions" [Dr. Johnson Plays of William Shakespeare, preface]
"Where both deliberate, the love is slight;"
"Whoever loved that loved not at first sight?" [Christopher Marlowe Hero and Leander]
"If love is the answer, could you rephrase the question?" [Lily Tomlin]
"Men love in haste, but they detest at leisure" [Lord Byron Don Juan]
"The course of true love never did run smooth" [William Shakespeare A Midsummer Night's Dream]
"Love is not love"
"Which alters when it alteration finds" [William Shakespeare Sonnets]
"Love is like linen - often changed, the sweeter" [Phineas Fletcher Sicelides]
"O my love's like a red, red rose" [Robert Burns A Red, Red Rose]
"Two things a man cannot hide: that he is drunk, and that he is in love" [Antiphanes]
"Every man is a poet when he is in love" [Plato Symposium]
"one that lov'd not wisely but too well" [William Shakespeare Othello]
"To fall in love is to create a religion that has a fallible god" [Jorge Luis Borges The Meeting in a Dream]
"Love is like quicksilver in the hand. Leave the fingers open and it stays. Clutch it, and it darts away" [Dorothy Parker]
"Love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward in the same direction" [Antoine de Saint-Exupéry]
"Love ceases to be a pleasure, when it ceases to be a secret" [Aphra Behn The Lover's Watch, Four O'Clock]
"Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it" Bible: Song of Solomon
"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends" Bible: St. John
"O lyric Love, half-angel and half-bird"
"And all a wonder and a wild desire" [Robert Browning The Ring and the Book]
"Man's love is of man's life a thing apart,"
"'Tis woman's whole existence" [Lord Byron Don Juan]
"Whoever loves, if he do not propose"
"The right true end of love, he's one that goes"
"To sea for nothing but to make him sick" [John Donne Love's Progress]
"I am two fools, I know,"
"For loving, and for saying so"
"In whining poetry" [John Donne The Triple Fool]
"How alike are the groans of love to those of the dying" [Malcolm Lowry Under the Volcano]
"Love is the delusion that one woman differs from another" [H.L. Mencken Chrestomathy]
"After all, my erstwhile dear,"
"My no longer cherished,"
"Need we say it was not love,"
"Now that love has perished?" [Edna St. Vincent Millay Passer Mortuus Est]
"If I am pressed to say why I loved him, I feel it can only be explained by replying: `Because it was he; because it was me.'" [Montaigne Essais]
"Love built on beauty, soon as beauty, dies" [John Donne The Anagram]
"Love thy neighbour as thyself" Bible: Leviticus
"All's fair in love and war"
"Love is blind"
"One cannot love and be wise"
"Love makes the world go round"
"Love will find a way"
I no longer feel any love for or towards him → ya no siento amor or cariño por él
it was love at first sight → fue amor a primera vista, fue un flechazo
her love for or of her children → su amor m por sus hijos
her children's love for her → el amor de sus hijos por ella
don't give me any money, I'm doing it for love → no me des dinero, lo hago por amor al arte (hum)
to marry for love → casarse por amor
for love of her son; out of love for her son → por amor a su hijo, por el amor que le tiene/tenía a su hijo
for the love of God or Mike! → ¡por el amor de Dios!
to be/fall in love (with sb) → estar enamorado/enamorarse (de algn)
they are in love (with each other) → están enamorados (el uno del otro)
to make love (with/to sb) (euph) (= have sex) → hacer el amor (con algn)
to make love to sb (o.f.) (= woo) → hacer la corte or el amor a algn
there is no love lost between them → no se pueden ver
I wouldn't do it for love nor money → no lo haría por nada del mundo
it wasn't to be had for love nor money → era imposible conseguirlo
her love of colour comes out in her garden → su afición f or pasión f por el colorido se refleja en su jardín
he studies history for the love of it → estudia historia por pura afición
all my love, Jim → con todo mi cariño, Jim
give him my love → dale or mándale recuerdos míos
lots of love, Jim → muchos besos, Jim
he sends (you) his love → te da or manda recuerdos
she was my first love → fue mi primer amor
football was his first love → el fútbol era su principal pasión
the theatre was her great love → el teatro era su gran pasión
he was the love of her life → fue el amor de su vida
yes, love → si, cariño
thanks, love (to woman) → gracias, guapa or (Sp) maja; (to man) → gracias, guapo or (Sp) majo; (to child) → gracias, cielo or cariño
my love → amor mío, mi vida
be a love and make us a cup of tea → venga, cielo or cariño, prepáranos una taza de té
you don't love me any more → ya no me quieres
I loved that boy as if he were my own son → quería a ese chico como si fuera mi hijo
love thy neighbour as thyself → ama al prójimo como a ti mismo (frm)
she loves her children/her cat/that car → quiere mucho a or siente mucho cariño por sus hijos/su gato/ese coche
she loved him dearly → lo quería muchísimo, lo amaba profundamente
I must love you and leave you > (hum) → me despido que me tengo que marchar
love me, love my dog → quien quiere a Beltrán quiere a su can
she loves me, she loves me not → me quiere, no me quiere
I love Madrid → me encanta Madrid, me gusta muchísimo Madrid
"would you like a drink?" - "I'd love one" → -¿quieres tomar algo? -¡sí, por favor!
I'd love a beer → daría cualquier cosa por una cerveza
he loves swimming; he loves to swim → le encanta nadar, le gusta muchísimo nadar
I'd love to come → me encantaría ir, me gustaría muchísimo ir
I'd love to! → ¡con mucho gusto!, ¡yo, encantado!
her love affair with France began in 1836 → su pasión por Francia comenzó en 1836
she had a love affair with a younger man → tuvo una aventura (sentimental) or un amorío con un hombre más joven que ella
love child N → hijo/a m/f natural
love game N (Tennis) → juego m en blanco
love handles NPL → agarraderas fpl
love letter N → carta f de amor
love life N (emotional) → vida f sentimental; (sexual) → vida f sexual
how's your love life these days? → ¿qué tal te va la vida últimamente en el campo sentimental or romántico?
love match N → matrimonio m por amor
love nest N → nido m de amor
love potion N → filtro m (de amor), bebedizo m (de amor)
love seat N → confidente m, canapé m
love song N → canción f de amor
love story N → historia f de amor
love token N → prenda f de amor, prueba f de amor
love triangle N → triángulo m amoroso
sb's love for sb → l'amour de qn pour qn
his love for his wife and children → son amour pour sa femme et ses enfants, l'amour qu'il a pour sa femme et ses enfants
no love lost
There is little love lost between them → Ils se détestent.
not for love or money, for love nor money
You can't get a ticket for love or money → Il n'y a pas moyen d'obtenir des billets.
to be in love [one person] → être amoureux/euse; [couple] → s'aimer
to be in love with sb → être amoureux/euse de qn
She's in love with Paul → Elle est amoureuse de Paul.
to fall in love → tomber amoureux/euse
to fall in love with sb → tomber amoureux/euse de qn
to make love → faire l'amour
to make love to sb → faire l'amour avec qn
love at first sight → le coup de foudre
give my love to ...
Give Delphine my love → Embrasse Delphine pour moi.
love from Anne → affectueusement, Anne
love, Rosemary → amitiés, Rosemary
Are you OK, love? → Ça va, madame?, Ça va, monsieur?
I love you → Je t'aime.
to feel loved → se sentir aimé(e)
to love each other → s'aimer
I love chocolate → J'adore le chocolat.
I love skiing → J'adore le ski.
to love doing sth, to love to do sth → adorer faire qch
We both love dancing → Nous adorons danser tous les deux.
I would love a hot bath and clean clothes → J'aimerais beaucoup prendre un bain et me changer.
I'd love you to ...
I'd love you to come → J'aimerais beaucoup que tu viennes.
His wife would love him to give up his job → Sa femme aimerait beaucoup qu'il démissionne.
I'd love to → Avec grand plaisir.
I'd love to come → Cela me ferait très plaisir de venir., Je serais ravi de venir.love affair n
it was love at first sight → è stato amore a prima vista or un colpo di fulmine
he studies history for the love of it → studia storia per il puro piacere di farlo
to be in love (with sb) → essere innamorato/a (di qn)
to fall in love (with sb) → innamorarsi (di qn)
to make love → fare l'amore
to make love to sb (old) (woo) → fare la corte a qn
there is no love lost between them → non si possono soffrire
love from Anne, love, Anne (in letter) → con affetto, Anne
to send one's love to sb → mandare i propri saluti a qn