Love v. t. [imp. & p. p. Loved p. pr. & vb. n. Loving.]
1. To have a feeling of love for; to regard with affection or good will; as, to love one's children and friends; to love one's country; to love one's God.
Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. --Matt. xxii. 37.
Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thy self. --Matt. xxii. 39.
2. To regard with passionate and devoted affection, as that of one sex for the other.
3. To take delight or pleasure in; to have a strong liking or desire for, or interest in; to be pleased with; to like; as, to love books; to love adventures.
Wit, eloquence, and poetry.
Arts which I loved. --Cowley.
adj : held dear; "his loved companion of many years" [ant: unloved]