\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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Not all male gorillas are as gentle as Cantsbee, and not all of them are followed around by a swarm of adoring kids. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "Gorillas that are great with kids are also luckier in love," 18 Oct. 2018 Ákos and Antónia Vajkay live in the Austro-Hungarian town of Sárszeg with their daughter, Skylark: ugly, not bright and beyond the age at which anyone might marry her but nonetheless adored by her parents. Francine Prose, WSJ, "Five Best: Francine Prose on Family Troubles," 12 July 2018 Lovers of independent bookstores will adore spending the morning here for its European charm alone, which is reminiscent of the vendors lining the Seine in Paris (the River Liffey is just a two-minute walk away). Melissa Kravitz, Condé Nast Traveler, "15 Best Things to Do in Dublin For Everyone," 19 June 2018 The song from Kanye’s most recent effort Ye features Kid Cudi portraying an internal persona of Kanye's that’s pleading to be loved and adored. Mark Elibert, Billboard, "Kid Cudi's 10 Best Features: Critic's Picks," 11 June 2018 Since its debut at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, the production has grossed $32 million and has become adored by audiences and critics alike. Evan Real, The Hollywood Reporter, "Tonys: 'The Band's Visit' Wins Best Musical," 11 June 2018 Her ability to find beauty in the highs as well as the lows — in things that are messy and imperfect, but real — is what has made her so successful and adored by fans. Emilia Petrarca, The Cut, "SZA Is Ready to Jump Into the Double-Dutch Game of Life," 24 Jan. 2018 But Medei appeared to adore Joshua Bader, friends said after the stabbings. Rafael Olmeda,, "Nine years later, no trial date for Hollywood ex-boxer who killed wife and stepson," 22 June 2018 Many drivers, even those who weren't her clients, came to adore Kika. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "IndyCar community rallies around 'icon' in need," 6 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)


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adored; adoring

Kids Definition of adore

2 : to be very fond of

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