Meaning of “I Love You” at Different Stages of a relationship. Saying ‘I love you’ surprisingly can be a seriously unnerving experience. You’re terrified they might not love you back and you’re not by any means beyond any doubt what the heck love really is. In any case, once you know, you know. If you feel like it’s the right time, get out there and say it. This is what ‘I love you’ implies at each phase of a relationship.