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- (archaic) To make amorous approaches to; to woo, romance, court. [from 16th c.]
- Synonyms: see Thesaurus:woo
- 1596, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Qveene. […], part II (books IV–VI), London: […] [Richard Field] for VVilliam Ponsonby, OCLC 932900760, book VI, canto XI, stanza 7, page 494:
- So from thenceforth, when loue he to her made, / VVith better tearmes ſhe did him entertaine, / VVhich gaue him hope, and did him halfe perſvvade, / That he iunb time her ioyaunce ſhould obtaine.
- 1815 December (indicated as 1816), [Jane Austen], chapter XV, in Emma: […], volume I, London: […] [Charles Roworth and James Moyes] for John Murray, OCLC 1708336, page 275:
- [S]carcely had they passed the sweep-gate and joined the other carriage, than she found her subject cut up–her hand seized–her attention demanded, and Mr. Elton actually making violent love to her: availing himself of the precious opportunity, declaring sentiments which must already be well known, […]
- 1941, Maugham, W[illiam] Somerset, Up at the Villa, Vintage, published 2004, page 24:
- ‘Ever since I was sixteen men have been making love to me.’
- 1946, It's a Wonderful Life, spoken by Mary Hatch (Donna Reed):
- He's making violent love to me, Mother.
- (euphemistic) To engage in sexual intercourse. [from 20th c.]
- Synonyms: see Thesaurus:copulate
- 1974, “Feel Like Makin’ Love”, performed by Roberta Flack:
- I feel like makin' love to you / That's the time / I feel like makin' dreams come true
- 1977, “Wake Up And Make Love With Me”, in New Boots and Panties!!, performed by Ian Dury:
- Wake up and make love with me, wake up and make love / Wake up and make love with me / I don't want to make you, I'll let the fancy take you / And you'll wake up and make love
- 1995 March 22, “Seinfeld with Madonna? 'Cosmo' reveals sex fantasies”, in The Arizona Republic:
- Actress Dana Delany fantasizes about making love with two men.
to engage in sexual intercourse — See also translations at copulate