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1. An intense feeling of deep affection: As in, Victoria loved Adam, but he did not
love her back.
She loved the ocean.
She loved to watch the waves create a soft glimmer on the surface;
almost blinding, so bright.
She wore his red sweater around the house,
she loved the smell—
old wool mixed with cologne and sweat.
She loved love.

2. A person or thing that one loves: As in, he was the love
of her life. The apple of her eye.
The pinnacle of her affection.
She said her love
was like dusk,
turning dark, but so beautiful
it seems to last forever.

3. (in tennis, squash, and some other sports) a score of zero; [apparently from the phrase
play for love (i.e., the love of the game, not for money): As in,
Victoria was forty-love
in the game of love.
She loved the game,
with a boiling devotion
at first.
forty-love is a hard score
to come back from.

4. verb [ with obj.]. Feel a deep romantic or sexual attachment to (someone): As in,
Do you love me?
She often asked
herself, and Adam.
The answer was never a simple
yes. It’s more complicated. Or
a silence,
followed by a change in topic.


for love: As in, she did it for love. She
sacrificed herself, for love.
for the love of God: As in, for the love of God, save her!
make love: As in, they made love
one night; she felt safe – loved.
Her soul caught on fire
and gave out
the next day.

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