ad·​mir·​ing əd-ˈmī-riŋ How to pronounce admiring (audio)
: 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
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 Reviews of the film, which opened in Japan back on July 14 and has grossed a formidable $53 million there, have been very admiring. Scott Feinberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 Sep. 2019 If audiences take to the film, the film could be in play for nominations across the board, all the way up to Best Picture and Best Director — where Mann’s branch peers might feel he’s owed another admiring tip of the hat. Guy Lodge, Variety, 31 Aug. 2023 Among connoisseurs, however, McKillen has earned an admiring reputation for Château La Coste, an art and architecture park that also produces world class vintages. Spencer Bailey, Town & Country, 15 June 2023 To the admiring, conquest was neat, romantic and at once novel and familiar. Maxwell Carter, WSJ, 26 May 2023 The doc crew wasn’t allowed to film the national cheerleading championship in Daytona, for instance — the competition the season had been leading to — lending the production a scrappy credibility that meshed well with its admiring but intimate approach. Washington Post, 11 Jan. 2022 Then, wiping a hand on his pants, the man hands the bottle to an admiring visitor. Jenny Blair, Discover Magazine, 19 Oct. 2015 The film, with its sleeker wardrobe and more substantial visual pleasures, seemed grudgingly admiring of the fashion industry, as commerce, as art. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, 8 Aug. 2022 As an interpreter, Dyson shares both his admiring and critical commentary that makes the book a fun read. Washington Post, 30 Dec. 2021 See More

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Word History


from present participle of admire

First Known Use

1592, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of admiring was in 1592

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“Admiring.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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