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{{11}}love (n.) O.E. lufu "love, affection, friendliness," from P.Gmc. *lubo (O.H.G. liubi “joy,” Ger. Liebe “love;” O.N., O.Fris., Du. lof; Ger. Lob “praise;” O.S. liof, O.Fris. liaf, Du. lief, O.H.G. liob, Ger. lieb, Goth. liufs “dear, beloved”), from PIE *leubh- "to care, desire, love" (Cf. L. lubet, later libet "pleases;" Skt. lubhyati "desires;" O.C.S. l'ubu "dear, beloved;" Lith. liaupse "song of praise").
"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]
Meaning "a beloved person" is from early 13c. The sense "no score" (in tennis, etc.) is 1742, from the notion of "playing for love," i.e. "for nothing" (1670s). Phrase for love or money "for anything" is attested from 1580s. Love seat is from 1904. Love-letter is attested from mid-13c.; love-song from early 14c. To fall in love is attested from early 15c. To be in love with (someone) is from c.1500. To make love is from 1570s in the sense "pay amorous attention to;" as a euphemism for "have sex," it is attested from c.1950. Love life "one's collective amorous activities" is from 1919, originally a term in psychological jargon. Love affair is from 1590s. The phrase no love lost (between two people) is ambiguous and was used 17c. in reference to two who love each other well (c.1640) as well as two who have no love for each other (1620s).
{{12}}love (v.) O.E. lufian "to love, cherish, show love to; delight in, approve," from P.Gmc. *lubojan (Cf. O.H.G. lubon, Ger. lieben), from root of LOVE (Cf. love) (n.). Related: Loved; LOVING (Cf. loving). Adjective Love-hate "ambivalent" is from 1937, originally a term in psychological jargon.

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