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[OE] The word love goes back to an Indo- European *leubh-, which has spawned a huge lexical progeny: not just words for ‘love’ (love’s Germanic relatives, such as German liebe and Dutch liefde, as well as the archaic English lief ‘dear’ [OE] and Latin libīdō ‘strong desire’, source of English libidinous [15]) but also words for ‘praise’ (German lob and Dutch lof) and low 316 ‘belief’ (German glauben, Dutch gelooven, English believe). The sense ‘find pleasing’ is primary; it subsequently developed to ‘praise’ and, probably via ‘be satisfied with’, to ‘trust, believe’. The derivative lovely [OE] originally meant ‘affectionate’ and ‘lovable’; the modern sense ‘beautiful’ did not develop until the late 13th century. => BELIEVE, LEAVE, LIEF
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   In its sense of 'no score' in a game, the word derives from the phrase 'for love,' meaning that the player has played 'for nothing.' Compare labor of love, as work done with no financial reward.

The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins. 2013.

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