admire

verb
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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Other Words from admire

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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The couple had admired each other from afar before officially being introduced via the social media platform in 2015. Essence, "Bridal Bliss: Tiffany and Alyssa Went From DMs To 'I Do'," 5 June 2019 The candidate instantly admired their emotional power. Matt Flegenheimer, New York Times, "Biden’s First Run for President Was a Calamity. Some Missteps Still Resonate.," 3 June 2019 Luciano really admired the fact that opera was sung in the streets by people in the old times, like pop music now. Jenna Adrian-diaz, Vogue, "Patti Smith, Keegan-Micheal Key, and Martha Stewart Joined Director Ron Howard for a Special Screening of Pavarotti," 29 May 2019 Flying in on a Cessna plane and touching down on the property’s landing strip in the late morning, Mr. Hendricks admired the sun gleaming off a nearby red rock formation known as the Palisade. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "Discovery Channel Founder Lists Remote Colorado Ranch for $279 Million," 15 May 2019 Spring is known for bringing out the flower-admiring, baseball-game-attending, allergic-reacting side of so many of us. Marci Robin, Allure, "CoverGirl’s New Royalty-Inspired Eye Shadow Palettes Are Giving Us Game of Thrones Vibes," 26 Apr. 2019 The cathedral Tallon so admired for its unrivaled perfection could soon be saved by his own work. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, "Rebuilding History: How 21st-Century Tech Can Save Medieval Notre Dame," 16 Apr. 2019 Viewers likely admired the clean, minimalist space, with white counters, a square tile backsplash, and a few red accents. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Leanne Ford's Genius $5 Trick to Liven Up an All-White Kitchen," 25 Mar. 2019 Close has long admired the fashion in which Frese recruits, establishes a rapport with her players and prepares them for life after basketball. David Ginsburg, The Seattle Times, "No. 3 seed Maryland hosts surging UCLA in women’s NCAAs," 24 Mar. 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

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

Kids Definition of admire

: to think very highly of : feel admiration for

Other Words from admire

admirer noun

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