Russian Vocabulary (and Wisdom)

How to say "love" in Russian

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Meaning: love, affection, passion

Pronunciation: [lyoo-BOHF']

Part of speech: noun (feminine noun)

Rank: #352 (see frequency list)

In love. Romeo and Juliet portrayed by Frank Dicksee.
 Example sentences:
  • Любо́вь -- э́то смысл жи́зни.
  • Love is the meaning of life.
  • Он призна́лся в любви́ свое́й де́вушке.
  • He made a declaration of love to his girlfriend.
  • Ты -- моя́ любо́вь.
  • You are my love. (familiar)
  • Алекса́ндр Пу́шкин изве́стен свои́ми стиха́ми о любви́.
  • Alexander Pushkin is known for his poems about love.
  • Мы жени́лись по любви́.
  • We married for love.
  • Вы по́мните свою́ пе́рвую любо́вь?
  • Do you remember your first love?
  • Я люблю и ненавижу тебя.
  • I love and hate you.
  • У них любо́вь с пе́рвого взгля́да.
  • They loved each other at first sight. (lit: they have love at first sight)
  • Солдат воевал из любви к родине.
  • The soldier was fighting for the love of his motherland.
  • Материнская любовь безгранична.
  • Maternal love has no limits.

 Idioms and set expressions:
  • слепая любовь = blind live
  • корыстная любовь = cupboard love
  • любовь без взаимности = unrequited love
  • заниматься любовью = to make love
  • из любви к искусству = for the fun / love of it
  • любовь с первого взгляда = love at first sight
  • занима́ться любо́вью = to make love
  • предава́ться любви́ = to make love
 Proverbs and sayings:
  • Любовь зла, полюбишь и козла.
  •  literal  The love is vicious, you can fall in love even with the billy-goat.
  • Где любовь и совет, там и горя нет.
  •  literal  Where is the love and advice, there is no sorrow.
  • Когда любовь шепчет, разум замолкает.
  •  literal  When love whispers, the mind falls silent.
 Other forms of the word (declensions):
Case Singular Plural
Phrase recordings: Copyright(c) 2011 All rights reserved.
Word recordings: Copyright(c) 2006 Streit Goulnara, Streit Eric, Vion Nicolas. Copyright(c) 2007 S. Sakhno, N. Vion. Distributed under CC-BY.

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