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 Not to yell or swear at the officials, but to admire them? Scott Ostler,, "Burl Toler’s legacy on display on ‘Monday Night Football’: 7 Black officials," 22 Nov. 2020 People might admire the glowing, golden aura of a city illuminated against the night sky, but the consequences for wildlife aren't so beautiful. Rasha Aridi, Smithsonian Magazine, "Light Pollution Is Causing Birds to Nest Earlier, Mitigating Some Effects of Climate Change," 21 Dec. 2020 Mom passed it to my aunt to hold and admire the curved contours of the f500-year-old-year old technique. Monita Soni, al, "A Christmas story," 14 Dec. 2020 Light Up Downtown — Stroll through the streets on this walking tour and admire the light installations while feeling the holiday spirit. Samantha Davenport, Anchorage Daily News, "Here are seasonal festivities in Anchorage and Mat-Su to get you in the holiday spirit," 11 Dec. 2020 Especially today, birding lets us admire nature close to our own nests and cultivate mindfulness during challenging times. Washington Post, "A concise guide to birding in your own backyard," 11 Dec. 2020 Polish the silver and admire the sparkle, with the addition of lights. Brenda Yenke, cleveland, "From old world to mid-century: Yenke Peddler antiques," 3 Dec. 2020 Alert readers will admire the way Pünd, the detective hired to investigate, recalls the great Hercule Poirot, and how the story itself feels like a return to the cozy mysteries of our youth. New York Times, "One Whodunit Nests Inside Another in ‘Moonflower Murders’," 2 Dec. 2020 Meanwhile, the coach couldn’t help but admire and respect the work of the Chiefs and marvel at Mahomes’ feats, which included the quarterback running for two first downs and passing for another while directing the game-sealing drive. Mike Jones, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Patrick Mahomes, innovative Chiefs show they're far ahead of Tom Brady's Buccaneers," 30 Nov. 2020

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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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21 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Admire.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 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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