Definition of lover in English:



  • 1A person having a sexual or romantic relationship with someone, often outside marriage.

    • ‘He falls in love with her, but she becomes like a prostitute and starts taking other lovers.’
    • ‘But his biggest problem could still be his former lover.’
    • ‘She's going to see her parents to tell them she's moving out to stay with her lesbian lover.’
    • ‘My lover and Marcus are waiting outside the club, but Nathan's gang are in the park.’
    • ‘He claims he is able to compartmentalize his relationships with on and off-screen lovers.’
    • ‘She had a succession of lovers before falling in love for the first time.’
    • ‘If a husband catches his wife's lover in a wardrobe, can he kill him?’
    • ‘She is my lover, my mistress, and she has betrayed me in the worst possible way.’
    • ‘Furthermore, he vowed that he would discover the identity of his wife's lover.’
    • ‘In the end, she reconciles her new amour with her personal philosophy of maintaining two lovers.’
    • ‘As he took her to a tavern in York, Nance explained that she had left her lover, a married highwayman.’
    • ‘The two of them quickly pair off and start swapping sexual secrets and tales of past lovers.’
    • ‘Her best friend is her husband's former lover.’
    • ‘It is not at all clear what motivated her in her relations with her lovers.’
    • ‘One is married, unwilling to take the risk of leaving the security of an exhausted marriage to be with her lover.’
    • ‘The lover wants his beloved to devote to him her preferences, her gestures, her caresses.’
    • ‘Here the sensuous wooing of the traditional lover is replaced by a display of coy and squeamish chastity.’
    • ‘The two plays focus on a woman who rejects a marriage proposal and is attacked by the jilted lover.’
    • ‘Other poems deal with the grief of losing a lover, and the love of a father for his child.’
    • ‘Pilgrims come to pray for lovers, to keep their lovers, for children, or anything pretty much.’
    boyfriend, girlfriend, man friend, woman friend, lady friend, lady-love, beau, loved one, beloved, love, darling, sweetheart
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    1. 1.1A person who likes or enjoys something specified.
      ‘he was a great lover of cats’
      ‘music lovers’
      • ‘He was a great lover of music, animals, and country life and enjoyed tennis and golf.’
      • ‘He was a great lover of Irish music and song and often recited on special occasions.’
      • ‘Now she hopes other bird lovers will not be placed in the same situation.’
      • ‘The young art lovers are quite put out when particular paintings get taken down.’
      • ‘Michael, never a passionate animal lover, turned his gaze to his mother and raised an eyebrow accusingly.’
      • ‘Years later when I met other book lovers, I heard the same thing.’
      • ‘The show attracted not only ardent dog lovers but curious onlookers too who possessed little knowledge about the dogs.’
      • ‘The first category comprised young music lovers between the age of eight and 15.’
      • ‘Today, music lovers do not have to attend a religious festival to enjoy a little wine with their music.’
      • ‘I think the easiest way to sum it up would be, I'm a lover of acoustic music, I always have been.’
      • ‘They're among some 35,000 nature lovers who have participated in this 30-year-old program.’
      • ‘Bird lovers may be able to view the peregrine chicks hatch during a half-day session in June.’
      • ‘This is still a low time for fruit lovers, but the first hard little gooseberries should be here by the very end of the month.’
      • ‘But the City wants to find jazz lovers another home.’
      • ‘Our World Cup campaign is positioned to connect with cricket lovers across the country.’
      • ‘So, how do other wine lovers get their hands on special bottles of wine when you can't?’
      • ‘And, as usual, entry to this book lover's paradise would be absolutely free.’
      • ‘From the start the festival has proved a popular draw with jazz lovers by offering good music, mostly for free.’
      • ‘The very name evokes a sense of awe in film lovers around the globe.’
      • ‘However, being a pet lover does not mean you have to be extravagant.’
      devotee, admirer, fan, enthusiast, aficionado, follower, supporter, fanatic, addict, hound
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