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Definition: To play for love
(l[u^]v), n. [OE. love, luve, AS. lufe, lufu; akin
to E. lief, believe, L. lubet, libet, it pleases, Skr. lubh
to be lustful. See Lief
1. A feeling of strong attachment induced by that which
delights or commands admiration; pre["e]minent kindness or
devotion to another; affection; tenderness; as, the love
of brothers and sisters.
Of all the dearest bonds we prove
Thou countest sons' and mothers' love
Most sacred, most Thine own. --Keble.
2. Especially, devoted attachment to, or tender or passionate
affection for, one of the opposite sex.
He on his side
Leaning half-raised, with looks of cordial love
Hung over her enamored. --Milton.
3. Courtship; -- chiefly in the phrase to make love, i. e.,
to court, to woo, to solicit union in marriage.
Demetrius . . .
Made love to Nedar's daughter, Helena,
And won her soul. --Shak.
4. Affection; kind feeling; friendship; strong liking or
desire; fondness; good will; -- opposed to hate
with of and an object.
Love, and health to all. --Shak.
Smit with the love of sacred song. --Milton.
The love of science faintly warmed his breast.
5. Due gratitude and reverence to God.
Keep yourselves in the love of God. --Jude 21.
6. The object of affection; -- often employed in endearing
address; as, he held his love in his arms; his greatest
love was reading. “Trust me, love.”
Open the temple gates unto my love. --Spenser.
7. Cupid, the god of love; sometimes, Venus.
Such was his form as painters, when they show
Their utmost art, on naked Lores bestow. --Dryden.
Therefore do nimble-pinioned doves draw Love.
8. A thin silk stuff. [Obs.] --Boyle.
9. (Bot.) A climbing species of Clematis
10. Nothing; no points scored on one side; -- used in
counting score at tennis, etc.
He won the match by three sets to love. --The
11. Sexual intercourse; -- a euphemism.
Note: Love is often used in the formation of compounds, in
most of which the meaning is very obvious; as,
love-cracked, love-darting, love-killing, love-linked,
A labor of love
, a labor undertaken on account of regard
for some person, or through pleasure in the work itself,
without expectation of reward.
, the doctrine or practice of consorting with one
of the opposite sex, at pleasure, without marriage. See
, one who avows or practices free love.
, in the act of loving; -- said esp. of the love of
the sexes; as, to be in love; to fall in love.
(Bot.), the tomato.
(Zo["o]l.), any one of several species of small,
short-tailed parrots, or parrakeets, of the genus
, and allied genera. They are mostly from
Africa. Some species are often kept as cage birds, and are
celebrated for the affection which they show for their
, a person who for pay acts as agent between
lovers, or as a go-between in a sexual intrigue. --Shak.
, a charm for exciting love. --Ld. Lytton.
. an illegitimate child. --Jane Austen.
, a day formerly appointed for an amicable
adjustment of differences. [Obs.] --Piers Plowman.
, a love potion; a philter. --Chaucer.
, something given to be worn in token of love.
, a religious festival, held quarterly by some
religious denominations, as the Moravians and Methodists,
in imitation of the agap[ae] of the early Christians.
, the gallant act of a lover. --Shak.
, a game, as in tennis, in which the vanquished
person or party does not score a point.
. [G. liebesgras.] (Bot.) Any grass of the genus
(a) An herb of the Buttercup family (Nigella Damascena
having the flowers hidden in a maze of finely cut
(b) The West Indian Passiflora f[oe]tida
, which has
(Bot.), a kind of violet; the small pansy.
A little western flower,
Before milk-white, now purple with love's wound;
And maidens call it love-in-idleness. --Shak.
, juice of a plant supposed to produce love.
, a knot or bow, as of ribbon; -- so called from
being used as a token of love, or as a pledge of mutual
, a sweetheart.
, a letter of courtship. --Shak.
(Bot.), a species of amaranth
, a marriage brought about by love alone.
, a compounded draught intended to excite love,
or venereal desire.
, sexual intercourse. --Pope
, an exhibition of love, as between lovers on the
, courtship. --Shak.
Of all loves
, for the sake of all love; by all means.
[Obs.] “Mrs. Arden desired him of all loves to come back
The god of love
, or The Love god
To make love
, to engage in sexual intercourse; -- a
To make love to
, to express affection for; to woo. “If you
will marry, make your loves to me.”
To play for love
, to play a game, as at cards, without
stakes. “A game at piquet for love.”
[1913 Webster +PJC]
Syn: Affection; friendship; kindness; tenderness; fondness;