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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
1
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
2
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
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