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Love vs. Adore

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Lovenoun

(uncountable) Strong affection.

Adoreverb

To worship.

Lovenoun

A profound and caring affection towards someone.

‘A mother’s love is not easily shaken.’; ‘My husband’s love is the most important thing in my life.’;

Adoreverb

To love with one's entire heart and soul; regard with deep respect and affection.

‘It is obvious to everyone that Gerry adores Heather.’;

Lovenoun

Affectionate, benevolent concern or care for other people or beings, and for their well-being.

Adoreverb

To be very fond of.

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Lovenoun

A feeling of intense attraction towards someone.

‘I have never been in love as much as I have with you.’;

Adoreverb

(obsolete) To adorn.

Lovenoun

A deep or abiding liking for something; an enthusiasm for something.

‘My love of cricket knows no bounds.’;

Adoreverb

To worship with profound reverence; to pay divine honors to; to honor as a deity or as divine.

‘Bishops and priests, . . . bearing the host, which he [James II.] publicly adored.’;

Lovenoun

(countable) A person who is the object of romantic feelings; a darling, a sweetheart, a beloved.

Adoreverb

To love in the highest degree; to regard with the utmost esteem and affection; to idolize.

‘The great mass of the population abhorred Popery and adored Monmouth.’;

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Lovenoun

A term of friendly address, regardless of feelings.

‘Hello love, how can I help you?’;

Adoreverb

To adorn.

‘Congealed little drops which do the morn adore.’;

Lovenoun

A thing, activity, etc which is the object of one's deep liking or enthusiasm.

Adoreverb

love intensely;

‘he just adored his wife’;

Lovenoun

(euphemistic) Sexual desire; attachment based on sexual attraction.

Adoreverb

love and respect (someone) deeply

‘he adored his mother’;

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Lovenoun

(euphemistic) Sexual activity.

Adoreverb

like very much

‘she adores Mexican cuisine’;

Lovenoun

An instance or episode of being in love; a love affair.

Adoreverb

worship; venerate

‘he adored the Sacred Host’;

Lovenoun

Used as the closing, before the signature, of a letter, especially between good friends or family members, or by the young.

Lovenoun

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Lovenoun

(obsolete) A thin silk material.

Lovenoun

A climbing plant, Clematis vitalba''.

Lovenoun

(racquet sports) Zero, no score.

‘So that’s fifteen-love to Kournikova.’;

Loveverb

To have a strong affection for (someone or something).

‘I love my spouse.’; ‘I love you!’;

Loveverb

(transitive) To need, thrive on.

‘Mold loves moist, dark places.’;

Loveverb

To be strongly inclined towards something; an emphatic form of like.

‘I love walking barefoot on wet grass;’; ‘I'd love to join the team;’; ‘I love what you've done with your hair’;

Loveverb

To care deeply about, to be dedicated to (someone or something).

Loveverb

(transitive) To derive delight from a fact or situation.

‘I love the fact that the coffee shop now offers fat-free chai latte.’;

Loveverb

(transitive) To lust for.

Loveverb

To have sex with, (perhaps from make love.)

‘I wish I could love her all night long.’;

Loveverb

To praise; commend.

Loveverb

To praise as of value; prize; set a price on.

Lovenoun

A feeling of strong attachment induced by that which delights or commands admiration; preëminent kindness or devotion to another; affection; tenderness; as, the love of brothers and sisters.

‘Of all the dearest bonds we proveThou countest sons' and mothers' loveMost sacred, most Thine own.’;

Lovenoun

Especially, devoted attachment to, or tender or passionate affection for, one of the opposite sex.

‘He on his sideLeaning half-raised, with looks of cordial loveHung over her enamored.’;

Lovenoun

Courtship; - chiefly in the phrase to make love, i. e., to court, to woo, to solicit union in marriage.

‘Demetrius . . . Made love to Nedar's daughter, Helena,And won her soul.’;

Lovenoun

Affection; kind feeling; friendship; strong liking or desire; fondness; good will; - opposed to hate; often with of and an object.

‘Love, and health to all.’; ‘Smit with the love of sacred song.’; ‘The love of science faintly warmed his breast.’;

Lovenoun

Due gratitude and reverence to God.

‘Keep yourselves in the love of God.’;

Lovenoun

The object of affection; - often employed in endearing address; as, he held his love in his arms; his greatest love was reading.

‘Open the temple gates unto my love.’;

Lovenoun

Cupid, the god of love; sometimes, Venus.

‘Such was his form as painters, when they showTheir utmost art, on naked Lores bestow.’; ‘Therefore do nimble-pinioned doves draw Love.’;

Lovenoun

A thin silk stuff.

Lovenoun

A climbing species of Clematis (Clematis Vitalba).

Lovenoun

Nothing; no points scored on one side; - used in counting score at tennis, etc.

‘He won the match by three sets to love.’;

Lovenoun

Sexual intercourse; - a euphemism.

‘A little western flower,Before milk-white, now purple with love's wound;And maidens call it love-in-idleness.’;

Loveverb

To have a feeling of love for; to regard with affection or good will; as, to love one's children and friends; to love one's country; to love one's God.

‘Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.’; ‘Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thy self.’;

Loveverb

To regard with passionate and devoted affection, as that of one sex for the other.

Loveverb

To take delight or pleasure in; to have a strong liking or desire for, or interest in; to be pleased with; to like; as, to love books; to love adventures.

‘Wit, eloquence, and poetry.Arts which I loved.’;

Loveverb

To have the feeling of love; to be in love.

Lovenoun

a strong positive emotion of regard and affection;

‘his love for his work’; ‘children need a lot of love’;

Lovenoun

any object of warm affection or devotion;

‘the theater was her first love’; ‘he has a passion for cock fighting’;

Lovenoun

a beloved person; used as terms of endearment

Lovenoun

a deep feeling of sexual desire and attraction;

‘their love left them indifferent to their surroundings’; ‘she was his first love’;

Lovenoun

a score of zero in tennis or squash;

‘it was 40 love’;

Lovenoun

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’;

Loveverb

have a great affection or liking for;

‘I love French food’; ‘She loves her boss and works hard for him’;

Loveverb

get pleasure from;

‘I love cooking’;

Loveverb

be enamored or in love with;

‘She loves her husband deeply’;

Loveverb

have sexual intercourse with;

‘This student sleeps with everyone in her dorm’; ‘Adam knew Eve’; ‘Were you ever intimate with this man?’;

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Love encompasses a range of strong and positive emotional and mental states, from the most sublime virtue or good habit, the deepest interpersonal affection, to the simplest pleasure. An example of this range of meanings is that the love of a mother differs from the love of a spouse, which differs from the love of food.

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