To be passionately devoted
adore, be in love with, care for, delight in, hold dear, choose, fancy, venerate, be enchanted by, be passionately attached to, have affection for, be enamored of, dote on, glorify, exalt, idolize, prize, put on a pedestal, hold in affection, deify, be fascinated by, hold high, canonize, think the world of, treasure, prefer, yearn for, esteem, be captivated by, be enraptured by, lose one's heart to, be fond of, admire, long for, be oneself with, thrive with, flip over*, fall for*, be nuts about*, be crazy about*, go for*, have it bad*, cotton to*; see also cherish 1, like 2.
To express love by caresses
cherish, fondle, make love, make much of, feast one's eyes on, embrace, cling to, clasp, hug, take into one's arms, hold, pet, soothe, stroke, encircle with one's arms, press to the heart, draw close, remain near to, bring to one's side, look tenderly at, look deeply into one's eyes, chase after*, make a play for*, shine up to*, neck*, make out*, love up*, make it*; see also caress, copulate, kiss.
To possess a deep and abiding interest
Passionate and tender devotion
affection, attachment, devotion, infatuation, passion, tenderness, tender passion, fondness, adoration, yearning, flame, rapture, enchantment, ardor, emotion, sentiment, amorousness, free love, enjoyment, cherishing, devotedness, worship, desire, fancy, weakness, amativeness, Eros, Cupid, Amor, Venus, Aphrodite, Kama, crush*, puppy love*, calf love*; see also affection 1, desire 3.
Affection based on esteem
A lively and enduring interest
dear one, loved one, cherished one; see lover 1.
love implies intense fondness or deep devotion and may apply to various relationships or objects sexual love, brotherly love, love of one's work; affection suggests warm, tender feelings, usually not as powerful or deep as those implied by lovehe has no affection for children; attachment implies connection by ties of affection, attraction, devotion, etc. and may be felt for inanimate things as well as for people an attachment to an old hat; infatuation implies a foolish or unreasoning passion or affection, often a transient one an elderly man's infatuation for a young girlfall in love (with)
begin to feel love, adore, be infatuated.
for the sake of, with fond concern for, because of; see for.
unkindly, vengefully, full of dislike; see angrily.
Deep and ardent affection:adoration, devotion, worship. See like, love
The passionate affection and desire felt by lovers for each other:amorousness, fancy, passion, romance. See love, sex
An intimate sexual relationship between two people:affair, amour, love affair, romance. See love, sex
The condition of being closely tied to another by affection or faith:affection, attachment, devotion, fondness, liking, loyalty (used in plural). See connect
A person who is much loved:beloved, darling, dear, honey, minion, precious, sweet, sweetheart, truelove. (Informal) sweetie. Idiom: light of one's life. See love
A strong, enthusiastic liking for something:love affair, passion, romance. See love
To feel deep, devoted love for:adore, worship. See love
To like or enjoy enthusiastically, often excessively:adore, delight (in), dote on (or upon). (Slang) eat up, groove on. See like, love