adore

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verb \ ə-ˈdȯr \

Definition of adore

adored; adoring
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

adorer

noun

Examples of adore in a Sentence

  1. He's a good doctor. All his patients adore him.

  2. They adored shopping in all the boutiques.

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Origin and Etymology of adore

Middle English adouren, from Anglo-French aurer, adourer, from Latin adorare, from ad- + orare to speak, pray — more at oration

Synonym Discussion of adore

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

ADORE Defined for English Language Learners

adore

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verb

Definition of adore for English Language Learners

  • : to love or admire (someone) very much

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


ADORE Defined for Kids

adore

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verb \ ə-ˈdȯr \

Definition of adore for Students

adored; adoring
1 :2worship 1
2 :to be very fond of


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