To Love. v.a. [lufian, Saxon.]
- To regard with passionate affection, as that of one sex to the other.
Good shepherd, tell this youth what 'tis to love.
— It is to be made all of sighs and tears;
It is to be made all of faith and service;
It is to be all made of fantasy,
All made of passion, and all made of wishes;
All adoration, duty, and obedience;
All humbleness, all patience, all impatience,
All purity, all trial, all observance. Shakesp. As you like it.
I could not love I'm sure
One who in love were wise. Cowley.
The jealous man wishes himself a kind of deity to the person he loves; he would be the only employment of her thoughts. Addison's Spectator, № 170.
- To regard with the affection of a friend.
None but his brethren he, and sisters, knew,
Whom the kind youth prefer'd to me,
And much above myself I lov'd them too. Cowley.
- To regard with parental tenderness.
He that loveth me shall be loved of my father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him. John xiv. 21.
- To be pleased with.
Fish used to salt water delight more in fresh: we see that salmons and smelts love to get into rivers, though against the stream. Bacon's Nat. Hist. № 703.
Wit, eloquence, and poetry,
Arts which I lov'd. Cowley.
He lov'd my worthless rhimes. Cowley.
- To regard with reverent unwillingness to offend.
Love the Lord thy God with all thine heart. Deut. vi. 5.