\ 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

Examples of adore in a Sentence

He's a good doctor. All his patients adore him. They adored shopping in all the boutiques.
Recent Examples on the Web Her mother remembers her daughter as a young woman who adored her family above all else. Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal, "Mother of EMT killed by Louisville police speaks out: Breonna Taylor 'didn't deserve this'," 12 May 2020 Now Doyle is getting a quarterback who adores them, too. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "Jack Doyle building digital rapport with new Colts Philip Rivers, Trey Burton," 7 May 2020 If attached, listen more to your partner, who adores you., "Horoscope," 25 Apr. 2020 It’s less tantanmen and more tantanmen-adjacent, for those who adore the Sichuan-Japanese crossover dish. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "The family behind a top metro Phoenix sushi restaurant just launched delivery-only ramen," 24 Apr. 2020 Made of corn like the people who adore them, tortillas have indeed become divine, just as the gods feared. Washington Post, "The 10 best breads in the world," 19 Mar. 2020 Thankfully, Jo was raised by Marmee—a loving, committed parent—and grew up putting on plays for the neighborhood children and showing her stories to her sisters, who adore her writing. Sarah Todd, Quartz at Work, "Want to give good feedback? Do the opposite of professor Bhaer in “Little Women”," 10 Jan. 2020 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

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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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29 May 2020

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“Adore.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 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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