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.

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He was admired for his shrewdness and his visceral desire to win. Bart Barnes, The Denver Post, "Lee Iacocca, who rescued Chrysler from bankruptcy in the 1980s, dies at 94," 2 July 2019 The bank’s governor, Elvira Nabiullina, is admired for her professional competence—and also for persuading Vladimir Putin, Russia’s president, to allow the rouble to drop in 2014. The Economist, "Russia is heaven for bondholders and hell for stockpickers," 29 June 2019 From his embellished jackets to his arsenal of over-the-top sunglasses, John’s one-of-a-kind, world-renowned style has been admired for decades. Mikayla Grossman,, "Elton John Teams with New Jewelry Brand on Rainbow-Colored Bracelets to Support LGBTQ+ Community," 26 June 2019 He is admired, but not touched, by guests 10 and older who paid $57 apiece to get a close-up glimpse and hear some facts about the world’s fastest land animal. San Diego Union-Tribune, "For San Diego Zoo visitors, Sundown Summer Safari gives something extra," 22 June 2019 The Duchess of Cambridge's style has always been much-admired by people around the globe. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Has Hired a Former Fashion Editor to Revamp Her Wardrobe," 30 Mar. 2019 Long admired for its democratic achievements, Poland under Kaczynski’s direction has taken what many considered to be an illiberal turn that has put the country in conflict with the European Union and Western allies. Washington Post, "Official: Polish leader’s ill health not sparking infighting," 22 June 2018 Rap and rock have been for the last few years in a crossover moment as the younger genre has leapfrogged the older one in popularity while borrowing its signifiers, and West and Cudi have long admired guitar gods. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "What Lives in Kanye West’s ‘Ghost Town’," 14 June 2018 The Trump-Kennedy fashion comparisons continue, especially on Fox News and by a Trump-admiring Twitter account, FLOTUS Report, which pointed out their scarf-wearing similarities during the Trumps' visit to Ireland last week. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "President Trump likens first lady Melania Trump to 'Jackie O' but Twitter objects," 14 June 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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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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