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Describing relationships with the love-thermometer

Describing relationships with the love-thermometerIn our daily #guesstheword challenge on Facebook and Twitter, we post a definition and ask people to guess the word or phrase we’re looking for. Last week, we asked our audience to match the word to this definition:

“to love someone very much, often so much that you do not notice their faults”

It’s a definition with several possible answers and the entries we received included to adore, to obsess and to be blindly in love amongst others. The word we were looking for was to dote on, but many of the other suggestions weren’t wrong either!

There are many words that describe the different types of relationships people have with one another and therefore we’ve made a selection of the most popular words to describe relationships, measuring from ‘cold’ to ‘hot’ on our relationship thermometer!

Macmillan Dictionary love-thermometer

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  • I love this infographics. I think it’d be even better if you could create one according to different levels – A1/B1/C1. That would be very useful!

    This is the first time I’ve heard “have a nodding acquaintance with someone”!

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