love (n.)

古英语 lufu "爱的感觉;浪漫的性吸引;感情;友好;神的爱;爱作为抽象或人格化,"来自于原日耳曼语 *lubo (来源也是古高德语 liubi "喜悦",德语 Liebe "爱";古北欧语、古弗里斯语、荷兰语 lof ;德语 Lob "赞美";古撒克逊语 liof ,古弗里斯语 liaf ,荷兰语 lief ,古高德语 liob ,德语 lieb ,哥特语 liufs "亲爱的,心爱的")。日耳曼语来自PIE词根 *leubh- "关心、渴望、爱"。

弱化的意义"喜欢、喜爱"在古英语中。意为"心爱的人",来自于13世纪初 "无分"(网球等)的意义是1742年,来自于 playing for love (1670年代)的概念,即为无利害关系。词组 for love or money "为任何事情"从1580年代开始得到证明。这句话 no love lost (两个人之间)是暧昧的,17世纪用于指两个人谁爱对方好(约1640年)以及两个人谁没有喜欢对方(1620年代,通常的现代意义)。

To fall in love 据考证,15世纪初的时候就已经有了。 in love with (某人)是16世纪的.要 make love 来自1570年代,意思是"多情地关注";作为"发生性关系"的委婉语,它在约1950年被证实。 Love affair "一种特殊的爱的体验"来自1590年代。 Love life "一个人的集体多情活动"出自1919年,原为心理学术语。 Love beads 是1968年的。 Love bug ,想象中的昆虫,是1883年的。 Love-handles "一个人两边的脂肪"是1967年的。

"Even now," she thought, "almost no one remembers Esteban and Pepita but myself. Camilla alone remembers her Uncle Pio and her son; this woman, her mother. But soon we shall die and all memory of those five will have left the earth, and we ourselves shall be loved for a while and forgotten. But the love will have been enough; all those impulses of love return the love that made them. Even memory is not necessary for love. There is a land of the living and a land of the dead and the bridge is love, the only survival, the only meaning." [Thornton Wilder, "Bridge of San Luis Rey," 1927]

Origin and meaning of love

love (v.)

古英语 lufian "感觉到爱,珍惜,表现出爱;高兴,认可,"来自于原日耳曼语 *lubojanan (也是古高德 lubon ,德语 lieben 的来源),是一个动词,来自于 love (n.)的词根。13世纪证明的"喜欢"的弱化意义。Intransitive sense "be in love, have a passionate attachment"是从13世纪中叶开始的 To love (someone) up "亲热"是1921年的。要 love and leave 是1885年的。

This truth came borne with bier and pall,
I felt it, when I sorrow'd most,
'Tis better to have loved and lost,
Than never to have loved at all —
[Tennyson, "In Memoriam"]
Origin and meaning of love

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Definitions of love from WordNet
love (n.)
a strong positive emotion of regard and affection;
children need a lot of love
his love for his work
love (n.)
any object of warm affection or devotion;
the theater was her first love
Synonyms: passion
love (n.)
a beloved person; used as terms of endearment;
Synonyms: beloved / dear / dearest / honey
love (n.)
a deep feeling of sexual desire and attraction;
she was his first love
their love left them indifferent to their surroundings
Synonyms: sexual love / erotic love
love (n.)
a score of zero in tennis or squash;
it was 40 love
love (n.)
sexual activities (often including sexual intercourse) between two people;
he has a very complicated love life
he hadn't had any love in months
Synonyms: sexual love / lovemaking / making love / love life
love (v.)
have a great affection or liking for;
I love French food
She loves her boss and works hard for him
love (v.)
get pleasure from;
I love cooking
Synonyms: enjoy
love (v.)
be enamored or in love with;
She loves her husband deeply
love (v.)
have sexual intercourse with;
Synonyms: sleep together / roll in the hay / make out / make love / sleep with / get laid / have sex / know / do it / be intimate / have intercourse / have it away / have it off / screw / fuck / jazz / eff / hump / lie with / bed / have a go at it / bang / get it on / bonk