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Love (verb)

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To Love. v.a. [lufian, Saxon.]

  1. 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.

    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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

    He lov'd my worthless rhimes. Cowley.

  5. To regard with reverent unwillingness to offend.

    Love the Lord thy God with all thine heart. Deut. vi. 5.

Sources: Addison, Joseph (408) · Shakespeare's As You Like It (40) · Bacon, Francis (396) · Cowley, Abraham (19) · The Bible - Deuteronomy (21) · The Bible - John (15)

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