\ 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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adorer noun

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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

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He's a good doctor. All his patients adore him. They adored shopping in all the boutiques.
Recent Examples on the Web Patsy was the most amazing mother, adored and loved Mamaw, a sister and friend. Madeline Mitchell,, "Coronavirus: Gov. Beshear honors Dry Ridge woman who died due to COVID-19," 23 Apr. 2020 This is when every pilot gets super excited and absolutely adores the job. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, "Virgin Atlantic Is Taking Passengers Behind the Scenes in One-on-Ones With a Pilot, Cabin Member, and More," 18 Apr. 2020 Though many of the key characters in Aldridge Garden’s story are no longer knee deep in soil, their legacies still bloom year after year, producing a kaleidoscope of colors that locals have grown to love and adore. Sarah Cook Mcbride, al, "Aldridge Gardens builds on a legacy of family gardening," 8 Apr. 2020 Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to treat the crowd-adoring 45th president to what is expected to be his biggest rally ever. Jordyn Phelps, ABC News, "Trump, who loves a mega-rally, getting one during India trip," 23 Feb. 2020 In addition to being an adoring mother, her contribution to the lives of women and girls who are living in crisis situations has been extraordinary. Chris Harris,, "N.Y. Man Beheads Wife, Kills Daughter, 5, in Murder-Suicide After Threats to 'Take All of Them Down'," 8 Nov. 2019 Nice to have you back The chilly weather heralds the return of two critically adored series. Daniel Arkin, NBC News, "21 movies and TV shows to check out this holiday season," 8 Nov. 2019 Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach, known for critically adored, quirky dramas, are tackling Barbie, Warner Bros.' big-screen take on the Mattel toy icon. Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter, "Greta Gerwig, Noah Baumbach to Tackle Margot Robbie-Produced 'Barbie' Movie," 15 July 2019 And all to replace it with a much-adored, but much-untested English sparkling wine., "Maurizio Sarri: Chelsea May End Up Rueing Decision to Allow Italian to Depart for Juventus," 4 June 2019

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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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The first known use of adore was in the 14th century

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15 May 2020

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“Adore.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2020.

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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 How to pronounce adore (audio) \
adored; adoring

Kids Definition of adore

2 : to be very fond of

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