Love has additional religious or spiritual meaning.
This diversity of uses and meanings combined with the complexity of the feelings involved makes love unusually difficult to consistently define, compared to other emotional states.
If sexual passion is also involved, then this feeling is called paraphilia.
Attraction is the more individualized and romantic desire for a specific candidate for mating, which develops out of lust as commitment to an individual mate forms.
Love as a general expression of positive sentiment (a stronger form of like) is commonly contrasted with hate (or neutral apathy); as a less sexual and more emotionally intimate form of romantic attachment, love is commonly contrasted with lust; and as an interpersonal relationship with romantic overtones, love is sometimes contrasted with friendship, although the word love is often applied to close friendships.
(Further possible ambiguities come with usages "girlfriend", "boyfriend", "just good friends").
Abstractly discussed love usually refers to an experience one person feels for another.
Love often involves caring for, or identifying with, a person or thing (cf.