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 Crida said, one universally admired for its staggering beauty. Quanta Magazine, "Are Saturn’s Rings Really as Young as the Dinosaurs?," 26 Nov. 2019 Apply the top bun, left your guests admire it, then cut it into slices for each to enjoy. Carrie Knauer,, "Carrie’s Kitchen: Four new ways to tackle all those Thanksgiving leftovers," 25 Nov. 2019 During Michael Cohen’s testimony in February, Mashable ran a post listing the admiring comments that a photo of the three of them — each looking unimpressed — inspired. Susan Dominus, New York Times, "Hope and High Drama: A Year With Two New Democratic Congresswomen," 18 Nov. 2019 Afterward Wheaton sells CDs and merchandise to his admiring new fans and discusses the hard-to-categorize nature of his music. Rand Richards Cooper,, "In Our Midst: Gabriel Wheaton’s classical, contemporary, opulent and wildly eclectic one-man band," 15 Nov. 2019 The only sadness in John’s departure comes from the people who will miss his work, who admire him immensely. Paul Daugherty,, "Paul Daugherty: When John Popovich retires, Cincinnati sports will lose a master storyteller," 28 Oct. 2019 Next, the researchers plan to investigate how the males can make such loud sounds without damaging their own hearing and those of the admiring females. Eva Frederick, Science | AAAS, "Watch the world’s loudest bird scream for a mate," 21 Oct. 2019 The video’s viewership isn’t huge, but a lot of the admiring comments are from men. National Geographic, "How women in India demanded—and are getting—safer streets," 15 Oct. 2019 Importantly, his love of his family, friends and young cousins who admire him inspires him to do better. Nate Gartrell, The Mercury News, "Lead defendant in Nevada/Oakland gun trafficking conspiracy, ATF agent robbery, gets federal prison term," 22 Sep. 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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9 Dec 2019

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“Admire.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 10 December 2019.

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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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