ad·​mire əd-ˈmī(-ə)r How to pronounce admire (audio)
admired; admiring

transitive verb

: to feel respect and approval for (someone or something) : to regard with admiration
They all admired her courage.
archaic : to marvel at

intransitive verb

dialect : to like very much
… I would admire to know why not …A. H. Lewis
admirer noun
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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

Examples of admire in a Sentence

We gazed out the window and admired the scenery. I admire the way you handled such a touchy situation.
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Word History


borrowed from Middle French admirer, Latinization of amirer "to make (little or much) of," borrowed from Latin admīrārī, ammīrārī "to regard with wonder, show esteem for," from ad- ad- + mīrārī "to be surprised, look with wonder at," derivative of mīrus, "remarkable, amazing," of uncertain origin

Note: Regarding etymology of Latin mīrus see note at smile entry 1.

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of admire was in the 15th century

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“Admire.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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ad·​mire əd-ˈmī(ə)r How to pronounce admire (audio)
admired; admiring
: to look at with admiration
admire the scenery
: to have high regard for
admired her courage

from early French admirer "to marvel at," from Latin admirari (same meaning), from ad- "at" and mirari "to wonder" — related to miracle

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