出典:『Wiktionary』 (2013/10/29 08:42 UTC 版)
From Middle English love, luve, from 古期英語 lufu (“love, affection, desire”), from Proto-Germanic *lubō (“love”), from Proto-Indo-European *lewbʰ-, *leubʰ- (“love, care, desire”). Cognate with Old Frisian luve (“love”), Old High German luba (“love”). Related to 古期英語 lēof (“dear, beloved”), līefan (“to allow, approve of”), Latin libet, lubō (“to please”) and Albanian lyp (“to beg, ask insistently”), lips (“to be demanded, needed”), Serbo-Croatian ljubiti, ljubav, Russian любовь (ljubovʹ), любить (ljubitʹ).
The closing-of-a-letter sense is presumably a truncation of With love or the like.
love (countable かつ uncountable, 複数形 loves)
- (uncountable) An intense feeling of affection and care towards another person.
- A mother’s love is not easily shaken.
- (uncountable) A deep or abiding liking for something.
- My love of cricket knows no bounds.
- (uncountable) A profound and caring attraction towards someone.
- Your love is the most important thing in my life.
- (countable) The object of one’s romantic feelings; a darling or sweetheart.
- I met my love by the gasworks wall.
- (colloquial) A term of friendly address, regardless of feelings.
- Hello, love, how can I help you?
- (euphemistic) A sexual desire; sexual activity.
- She give me love and I feel alright - Tommy James and the Shondells, Mony Mony, 1968
- Used as the closing, before the signature, of a letter, especially between good friends or family members, or by the young.
love (三人称単数 現在形 loves, 現在分詞 loving, 過去形および過去分詞形 loved)
- (transitive) To have a strong affection for.
- I love my spouse; I love you
- (transitive) To need, thrive on.
- Mold loves moist, dark places.
- (transitive, colloquial) To be strongly inclined towards something; an emphatic form of like.
- I love walking barefoot on wet grass; I'd love to join the team; I love what you've done with your hair
- (transitive) To care deeply about, to be dedicated to.
- John 3:16
- For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
- Matthew: 37-38
- You shall love the Lord your God with your whole heart, and your whole mind, and your whole soul; you shall love your neighbor as yourself.
- 2013 June 21, Oliver Burkeman, “The tao of tech”, The Guardian Weekly, volume 189, number 2, page 27:
- The dirty secret of the internet is that all this distraction and interruption is immensely profitable. Web companies like to boast about […], or offering services that let you […] "share the things you love with the world" and so on. But the real way to build a successful online business is to be better than your rivals at undermining people's control of their own attention.
- (transitive) To derive delight from a fact or situation.
- I love the fact that the coffee shop now offers fat-free chai latte.
- (transitive) To lust for.
- (transitive, euphemistic) To have sex with, (perhaps from make love.)
- I wish I could love her all night long.
From Middle English loven, lovien, from 古期英語 lofian (“to praise, exalt, appraise, value”), from Proto-Germanic *lubōną (“to praise, vow”), from *lubą (“praise”), from Proto-Indo-European *leubʰ- (“to like, love, desire”), *lewbʰ-. Cognate with Scots love, lofe (“to praise, honour, esteem”), Dutch loven (“to praise”), German loben (“to praise”), Swedish lova (“to promise, pledge”), Icelandic lofa (“to promise”). 参考 lofe.