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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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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Recognizing the context of a piece of art is just as important as admiring the work itself, Hartigan said., "The question is key to how the Peabody Essex Museum leadership approached the new space — always with an eye toward not just what they wanted to showcase but how visitors can best engage with the exhibits.," 14 Sep. 2019 Also through the input of my wife, Sonya Posmentier, who is a woman of color and a scholar of Black literature; and through conversations with many other friends/colleagues/admired writers, like Victor LaValle, Yahdon Israel, Fred Moten. Morgan Jerkins, Longreads, "‘To Be Polite By Ignoring the Obvious’: Jess Row on Unpacking Whiteness in Literature," 13 Sep. 2019 Still, Trump had admired Bolton for years, praising him on Twitter as far back as 2014. Deb Riechmann, Twin Cities, "Trump ousts hawkish Bolton, dissenter on foreign policy," 10 Sep. 2019 Still, Trump has admired Bolton for years, praising him on Twitter as far back as 2014. Deb Riechmann, The Denver Post, "President Trump dismisses John Bolton, says they ‘disagreed strongly’," 10 Sep. 2019 Luckily, my father and Fridolína always admired my dance performances, found great promise in my drawings, and praised and encouraged me with abandon. Zuzana Justman, The New Yorker, "My Terezín Diary," 9 Sep. 2019 Once, in the afterglow of Nelson Mandela, countries in the rest of Africa deeply admired South Africa. David Mckenzie, CNN, "Xenophobia has reared its ugly head in the Rainbow Nation. African nations have had enough," 7 Sep. 2019 Indeed, millions of visitors have since admired this 90-foot ancient giant. Hans-dieter Sues, Smithsonian, "How to Discover Dinosaurs," 3 Sep. 2019 Everyone at a pen show admires the beauty of a fountain pen, even if not everyone seeks to muck the thing up by filling it with ink. Steve Rubenstein,, "Some of these pens are more expensive than the sword," 24 Aug. 2019

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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 How to pronounce admire (audio) \
admired; admiring

Kids Definition of admire

: to think very highly of : feel admiration for

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