adore

verb
\ ə-ˈdȯr How to pronounce adore (audio) \
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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Other Words from adore

adorer noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for adore

Synonyms

cherish, love, worship

Antonyms

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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His friends adore her and nobody notices the age difference. Melody Chiu, PEOPLE.com, "Scott Disick & Sofia Richie 'Hashed It Out' After He Was Spotted Looking Flirty with Mystery Woman," 7 June 2018 Of course, fans absolutely adored the sentimental post. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Donnie Wahlberg Planned the Most Outrageous Date for His Wife Jenny McCarthy," 23 Mar. 2019 In books as in life, grandparents usually belong to the supporting cast, adored but cheerfully taken for granted. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction: Faith and Family, Midwestern-Style," 1 Mar. 2019 And not just any young children, but children who adored Jackson. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Michael Jackson's Defenders Remind Us to Also Believe Men," 13 Mar. 2019 His treatment of Midge (Barbara Bel Geddes), the ex-fiancée who still adores him, is casually cruel. John Anderson, WSJ, "The Heights of Obsession," 22 Feb. 2019 Warning: This show contains slow, adoring footage of historical dishes that can be quite unappealing by modern sensibilities. Margaret Lyons, New York Times, "How Much Watching Time Do You Have This Weekend?," 7 June 2018 Rita may be a bossy termagant, but her adoring Beppe appears to love being whacked around from time to time, so what’s the harm? John Von Rhein, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago Opera Theater brings flair to comic, serious Donizetti one-acters," 15 Apr. 2018 At this precise moment in time, the Magpies find themselves in the Premier League, a competition adored throughout the globe. SI.com, "FanView: Newcastle Fans Should Look at Themselves Before Levelling Criticism at Mike Ashley," 22 Jan. 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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adornment

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adore

verb

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)

adore

verb
\ ə-ˈdȯr How to pronounce adore (audio) \
adored; adoring

Kids Definition of adore

2 : to be very fond of

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