Depending on context and whether you use it on its own, the verb aimer can mean to love [something] / [someone] or to like [something] / [someone].
Learn how to use aimer in French
Aimer - to love [someone] / [something]
Used on its own, aimer generally means 'to love [someone]' and 'to love or to like [something]' (depending on intensity):
NOTE that you can also use the verb adorer to emphasise love of something or someone:
-> Here note that adorer does NOT mean "to be in love with", but expresses a strong liking of someone.
When aimer is used in a question about something, it actually means "Do you like ...?" (for someone, it still means 'love'):
Aimer bien / beaucoup - to like [someone] / [something] (a lot)
Note that when using aimer bien, it actually lessens its meaning from 'to love' to 'to like' [someone] / [something].
When you use aimer beaucoup, it means 'to like a lot' / 'to really like'.
ATTENTION: If you wanted to say "I love you very much" in French, you would use a different expression:
Ne pas aimer - to not love / like [someone] / [something]
ATTENTION: You cannot use aimer bien in a negative sentence (ne ... pas) in French. To express dislike, you will revert to using simply aimer with the negation ne ... pas, to say both "not love / not like", as such:
In this case, the context will remove ambiguity.
You can also use ne pas aimer beaucoup to say 'not like much'.
Note that beaucoup will come after pas:
See also Expressing you like something/someone in French with the verb "plaire"
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