[verb + noun phrase] I really love summer evenings; I just love it when you bring me presents!; He loved the way she smiled; I love it in Spain (= I like the life there); It was one of his best-loved songs; (ironic) You’re going to love this. They’ve changed their minds again.
[verb + -ing phrase] (especially in British English) My dad loves going to football games.
[verb + to infinitive] (especially North American English) I love to go out dancing.
[verb + noun phrase to infinitive] He loved her to sing to him.
SYNONYMS like love • be fond of • be keen on • adore
These words all mean to find something pleasant, attractive or satisfactory, or to enjoy something.
like to find something pleasant, attractive or satisfactory; to enjoy something: Do you like their new house?; I like to see them enjoying themselves. love to like or enjoy something very much: He loved the way she smiled. be fond of something to like or enjoy something, especially something you have liked or enjoyed for a long time: We were fond of the house and didn’t want to leave. be keen on something (British English, informal) (often used in negative statements) to like or enjoy something: I’m not keen on spicy food; She’s not keen on being told what to do. adore (informal) to like or enjoy something very much: She adores working with children.
LOVE OR ADORE? Adore is more informal than love, and is used to express a stronger feeling.
PATTERNS AND COLLOCATIONS • to like/love/be fond of/be keen on/adore doing something • to like/love to do something • to like/love something very much • I like/love/adore it here/there/when... • to like/love/adore the way somebody does something • to really like/love/adore somebody/something • to be really fond of/keen on something • to quite/rather like something