ad·mire | \ əd-ˈmī(-ə)r \
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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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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Mike De Sisti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel PRAGUE, Czech Republic – Petr Smutny rides a Harley, plays a Gibson guitar and generally admires America. Rick Barrett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "European Union residents, many Harley fans, opine about Trump and tariffs," 5 July 2018 Drizzle with Vinaigrette and serve family style so the table can admire your work. San Antonio Express-News, "Recipe: Summery Tomato Salad Two Ways," 3 July 2018 Under Brett Brown, whom Redick admires and respects, the NBA veteran will again take on a leadership role. Sarah Todd,, "Analysis: What can the Sixers expect from JJ Redick next season?," 2 July 2018 Owning this piece of movie history will cost a little more than admiring it on screen. Maria Pasquini,, "Famous Blade Runner House Listed for $23 Million: See the Photos!," 12 July 2018 Today those who have read Manning’s novels (usually only the trilogies, as most of the others are out of print) tend to admire them. Sari Botton, Longreads, "Balancing the Books," 15 June 2018 The same advice — admire them from a distance by leaving them alone — applies to dealing with venomous snakes, the other potential dangerous wildlife folks are most likely to encounter. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "Wildlife is wild, so admire from afar," 13 June 2018 Getty Images As one Twitter user pointed out, the eyes are a nod to Saint Lucy, who, according to one legend gouged her own eyes out to discourage a potential suitor who admired them. Marie Claire, "Jared Leto Is a Gucci Jesus at the 2018 Met Gala," 8 May 2018 Thirteen prime ministers of Britain have served the queen, starting with Winston Churchill, whom Mr. Trump has long admired. Katie Rogers, New York Times, "From Truman to Trump, Queen Elizabeth Has Met 12 U.S. Presidents," 13 July 2018

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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 \
admired; admiring

Kids Definition of admire

: to think very highly of : feel admiration for

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