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admire

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verb ad·mire \əd-ˈmī(-ə)r\

Simple Definition of admire

  • : to feel respect or approval for (someone or something)

  • : to look at (something or someone) with enjoyment

Full Definition of admire

ad·miredad·mir·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to regard with admiration

  3. 2 archaic :  to marvel at

  4. intransitive verb
  5. dial :  to like very much <I would admire to know why not — A. H. Lewis>

ad·mir·er noun
ad·mir·ing·lyplay \-ˈmī-riŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of admire

  1. We gazed out the window and admired the scenery.

  2. <I admire the way you handled such a touchy situation.>



Origin of admire

Middle French admirer, to marvel at, from Latin admirari, from ad- + mirari to wonder, from mirus astonishing


First Known Use: 1566

Synonym Discussion of admire

regard, respect, esteem, admire mean to recognize the worth of a person or thing. regard is a general term that is usually qualified <he is highly regarded in the profession>. respect implies a considered evaluation or estimation <after many years they came to respect her views>. esteem implies greater warmth of feeling accompanying a high valuation <no citizen of the town was more highly esteemed>. admire suggests usually enthusiastic appreciation and often deep affection <a friend that I truly admire>.


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