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Definition of admiring

: feeling or showing esteem and admiration welcomed by an admiring crowd an admiring look/glance "Very sweet and angelic of you," said Stephen, looking at her with an admiring smile.— George Eliot

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Other Words from admiring

admiringly adverb
spoke admiringly of her talents And when it was over, Jerry West walked into the Celtic locker room and said admiringly, "Bird was always two thoughts ahead of everyone else." — Bob Ryan

Examples of admiring in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the era of Donald Trump, those conversations turned dramatically less admiring and much more perplexed and even pitying. Thomas Chatterton Williams, WSJ, "Beyond Black History Month," 26 Feb. 2021 Spanberger’s answer put her at odds with about half of her fellow House Democrats and some of her most admiring constituents. Jenna Portnoy, Washington Post, "What Rep. Abigail Spanberger learned after clashing with progressives," 19 Aug. 2019 His funeral was held at the Staples Center and President Obama wrote an admiring letter that was read aloud to the attendees. Ross Scarano, Billboard, "What's the Place of Morality in Music Criticism?," 6 May 2019 But sometimes breadth comes at the expense of intimacy, which factors only intermittently in this deeply admiring but frustratingly choppy encapsulation of the legacy of Gloria Steinem. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Glorias': Film Review | Sundance 2020," 27 Jan. 2020 Patti is survived by brothers James (of New Hampshire) and Gerald (of Tennessee) and their spouses; and many admiring nieces, nephews, and cousins., "Patti Jean Papapietro," 21 July 2019 Another less admiring aide might have simply tried his best to do so. Avi Selk, Washington Post, "Steven Mnuchin says Trump is ‘funny’ when he cusses — and other ways to flatter a president," 11 Mar. 2018 Last week, a photo was shared on social media of the 2-year-old adorably admiring artist Amy Sherald’s new painting of Obama at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. Derek Lawrence,, "Michelle Obama has a dance party with little girl who admired her portrait," 6 Mar. 2018 With few exceptions, much popular tech writing takes an overwhelmingly admiring approach to its subjects. Jacob Silverman, The New Republic, "The generational shift that made tech companies a cultural and political force," 28 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of admiring

1592, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for admiring

from present participle of admire

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The first known use of admiring was in 1592

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11 Mar 2021

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“Admiring.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2021.

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