Love: so many meanings

I have come to realize that we, as a society, put a lot of weight on the word love. It’s a word that I hesitate to say in some situations, even though I’m pretty sure I feel it.

So to find out more about this word, I decided to look it up in the trusted Merriam-Webster Dictionary.

  1. 1a(1) :  strong affection for another arising out of kinship or personal ties <maternal love for a child>(2) :  attraction based on sexual desire :  affection and tenderness felt by lovers <After all these years, they are still very much in love.>(3):  affection based on admiration, benevolence, or common interests <love for his old schoolmates>b :  an assurance of affection <give her my love>

  2. 2:  warm attachment, enthusiasm, or devotion <love of the sea>

  3. 3a :  the object of attachment, devotion, or admiration <baseball was his first love>b(1) :  a beloved person :darling —often used as a term of endearment (2)British —used as an informal term of address

  4. 4a :  unselfish loyal and benevolent (see benevolent 1a) concern for the good of another: such as (1) :  the fatherly concern of God for humankind (2) :  brotherly concern for othersb :  a person’s adoration of God

  5. 5:  a god (such as Cupid or Eros) or personification of love

  6. 6:  an amorousepisode :love affair

  7. 7:  the sexual embrace :copulation

  8. 8:  a score of zero (as in tennis)

  9. 9capitalized,Christian Science :god

WOW, “love” can be used in so many ways. Love can also be an action towards someone or something.

Love for me is comfortably awkward moments, a quick phone call with a family member, snuggles with the baby I babysit, “hello” texts and a hug on a long day. What is love for you?

Find more about what people feel about love with these hashtags: #healthyrelationshipsweek #loveis #healthyAXOlove

 

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