admire

verb ad·mire \ əd-ˈmī(-ə)r \
Updated on: 6 Dec 2017

Definition of admire

admired; admiring
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

admirer

noun

Examples of admire in a Sentence

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

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

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Origin and Etymology of 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 1smile.

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


ADMIRE Defined for Kids

admire

verb ad·mire \ əd-ˈmīr \

Definition of admire for Students

admired; admiring
: to think very highly of : feel admiration for

admirer

noun


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