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

Definition of admire

transitive verb

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

intransitive verb

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

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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.
Recent Examples on the Web Thousands of British permanent officials, lobbyists, and others are actually staying in Brussels, and many have qualified for passports from Belgium — a nation that the British have more often mocked than admired. Stephen Castle,, "With Brexit official, Britons start a ‘Brexodus’ from Brussels," 1 Feb. 2020 On another, Thiem followed his serve with another forehand winner, this time painting the sideline as Zverev admired the shot. Kurt Streeter, New York Times, "Dominic Thiem Earns an Australian Open Final With Djokovic," 31 Jan. 2020 As news spread of PBS NewsHour co-founder Jim Lehrer’s death Thursday, those who knew him best and admired his work mourned on social media. Washington Post, "Jim Lehrer’s death prompts outpouring of support, praise and mourning," 23 Jan. 2020 An unanticipated problem was encountered, check back soon and try again Andrew Scott can’t escape his admiring fans. Benjamin Vanhoose,, "Fleabag's Hot Priest Andrew Scott on Wild Fan Interactions: Americans 'Are Very Forthcoming'," 19 Jan. 2020 What one community admires may leave another group of people cold or even repulsed. National Geographic, "The idea of beauty is always shifting. Today, it’s more inclusive than ever.," 7 Jan. 2020 For the first time, former President Barack Obama is having to share his top spot on Gallup’s list of most admired man. Leada Gore |, al, "Obama, Trump tie in Gallup poll of ‘most admired man’," 31 Dec. 2019 These muralists also inspired a generation of American artists, who admired their heroic depictions of popular struggle. Amy Crawford, Smithsonian, "The Unheralded Influence of Mexico’s Muralists," 20 Dec. 2019 Sandra was a strong, smart, and empathetic woman, admired by her many circles of friends., "Sandra M. Shapiro," 30 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of admire

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

History and Etymology for admire

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.

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“Admire.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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ad·​mire | \ əd-ˈmīr How to pronounce admire (audio) \
admired; admiring

Kids Definition of admire

: to think very highly of : feel admiration for

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