\ ə-ˈdȯr \
adored; adoring

Definition of adore 

transitive verb

1 : to worship or honor as a deity or as divine

2 : to regard with loving admiration and devotion He adored his wife.

3 : to be very fond of adores pecan pie

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adorer noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for adore


cherish, love, worship


abhor, abominate, despise, detest, execrate, hate, loathe

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revere, reverence, venerate, worship, adore mean to honor and admire profoundly and respectfully. revere stresses deference and tenderness of feeling. a professor revered by her students reverence presupposes an intrinsic merit and inviolability in the one honored and a similar depth of feeling in the one honoring. reverenced the academy's code of honor venerate implies a holding as holy or sacrosanct because of character, association, or age. heroes still venerated worship implies homage usually expressed in words or ceremony. worships their memory adore implies love and stresses the notion of an individual and personal attachment. we adored our doctor

Examples of adore in a Sentence

He's a good doctor. All his patients adore him. They adored shopping in all the boutiques.

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In the end, McKellen appears to have adored this experience, too. Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "In new documentary, Ian McKellen reflects on Magneto, Gandalf," 8 July 2018 Since the popular performance, users on social media have been divided between those who adored Poncho for his reaction and those who point out that CPR by a dog could not be so effective in the case of a true emergency. Johanna A. Álvarez, miamiherald, "Meet Poncho, the cute police dog that could save your life," 25 June 2018 Barbosa will always be known as the man who made Brazil cry, but, in truth, the guilt, neglect and outright hatred the entire nation placed upon a man who adored and proudly represented his country is the saddest tale of all., "World Cup Countdown: 17 Weeks to Go - Moacir Barbosa, the Man Blamed for Brazil's 'Hiroshima'," 26 Feb. 2018 The Triple Crown winner was paraded on the track and in the paddock on Saturday in front of thousands of adoring fans during a steamy Stephen Foster Night at Churchill Downs. Louisville Courier Journal, The Courier-Journal, "Triple Crown winner Justify gets festive sendoff from Churchill Downs," 16 June 2018 Howards End is the rambling Wilcox country home that Ruth adores but to which the rest of the family members are indifferent. David Wiegand, San Francisco Chronicle, "Stunning new ‘Howards End’ connects with social change," 4 Apr. 2018 The digital techniques that smart-city fans adore are flimsy and flashy—and some are even actively pernicious—but they absolutely will be used in cities. Bruce Sterling, The Atlantic, "Stop Saying 'Smart Cities'," 12 Feb. 2018 There are two kinds of people in this world—those who adore Blood Rage (read our review) and those who haven't played it. Charlie Theel, Ars Technica, "Rising Sun—A cerebral board game of conquest, diplomacy, and betrayal," 10 Feb. 2018 Every player is loved and adored, all except Raheem Sterling., "Why England Supporters Are Wrong to Call for Raheem Sterling to Be Dropped for Croatia WC Semi Final," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of adore

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for adore

Middle English aouren, adouren, borrowed from Anglo-French aurer, ahourer, adourer (with d restored from Latin), going back to Latin adōrāre "to plead with, appeal to, approach (a god) as a suppliant or worshipper, treat with reverence, admire," from ad- ad- + ōrāre "to pray to, beseech" — more at oration

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English Language Learners Definition of adore

: to love or admire (someone) very much

: to like or desire (something) very much : to take great pleasure in (something)


\ ə-ˈdȯr \
adored; adoring

Kids Definition of adore

2 : to be very fond of

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