- (now archaic) To make amorous approaches to; to woo, romance, court. [from 16th c.]
- Synonyms: see Thesaurus:woo
- 1596, Spenser, Edmund, The Faerie Queene, book 6, canto 11:
- So from thenceforth, when love he to her made, / With better tearmes she did him entertaine […] .
- 1815, Austen, Jane, Emma:
- scarcely had she begun, scarcely 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 […] .
- 1910, Saki, “The Baker's Dozen”, in Reginald in Russia:
- After all, the chief charm is in the fact of being made love to. You are making love to me, aren't you?
- 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, Donna Reed as Mary Hatch, It's a Wonderful Life:
- He's making violent love to me, Mother.
- (euphemistic) To engage in sexual intercourse. [from 20th c.]
- Synonyms: see Thesaurus:copulate
- 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