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 There is nothing to criticize in the acting and in some performances much to admire. Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times, "A glossy new TV series set out to criticize ugly Americans. Instead, it embodies them," 30 Apr. 2021 By then, Americans also had a pantheon of chiefs whose courage in defending their people was apparently easier to admire in defeat. Joshua Jelly-schapiro, The New Yorker, "How New York Was Named," 13 Apr. 2021 While the California super bloom might not occur this year, there are still plenty of places to admire wildflowers in the spring and summer. Skye Sherman, Travel + Leisure, "6 Places to See Stunning Wildflowers Across the U.S.," 19 Mar. 2021 At least once during every practice, Texas coach Shaka Smart steals a few seconds to admire what’s in front of him. Nick Moyle,, "Texas coach Shaka Smart excited for ‘another lap’ with veteran team," 10 Nov. 2020 Stop daily to admire and smell my blooms, and feel joy. Rita Perwich, San Diego Union-Tribune, "10 things your roses are trying to tell you," 3 Apr. 2021 And in each of these productions, one finds much to admire, in the aspiration to push the boundaries of theatrical storytelling. Washington Post, "As live stages await their big comeback, theater on camera is getting better and better," 2 Apr. 2021 Given the ways people admire or despise him, however, the nuances seem beside the point. New York Times, "Could Ron DeSantis Be Trump’s G.O.P. Heir? He’s Certainly Trying.," 10 Apr. 2021 Fill up one of these tall glasses with iced tea, and admire how the different colored bases sparkle in the sunlight. Angela Serratore, Country Living, "5 Summer-Ready Patio Looks (And The Furniture and Decor To Make It Happen)," 8 Apr. 2021

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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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The first known use of admire was in the 15th century

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9 May 2021

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“Admire.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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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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