\ 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 Yet Diana struggles to understand why her husband doesn’t adore her the way the public does. Los Angeles Times, "How ‘The Crown’ captured Princess Diana’s evolution from shy teen to style icon," 15 Nov. 2020 This one from True Temper's got more than 400 glowing reviews on Amazon from customers who adore it for its innovative foam brush, which the company promises won’t ding up your vehicle. Nicole Briese, USA TODAY, "The 5 best Amazon deals you can get this weekend," 31 Oct. 2020 And for people who adore nuts but find the syrupy goo of the usual pecan pie cloying, this galette makes a sophisticated, less sweet alternative. Melissa Clark, New York Times, "This Dessert Goes Out to the Crust Lovers," 26 Oct. 2020 Lovers of historical fiction will adore this book, which centers around Cussy Mary Carter, a traveling librarian who finds herself in Troublesome Creek, an unusual community in Kentucky. Underscored Staff, CNN Underscored, "Get reading with these Audible and book deals for Prime Day," 14 Oct. 2020 This classic tote has garnered a near-perfect rating from more than 100 customers who adore the large size and gorgeous colors. Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, "Michael Kors sale bags, boots and more are up to an extra 50% off this weekend," 2 Oct. 2020 Sauerkraut lovers will find plenty to adore inside this pasta pocket. cleveland, "We tasted and ranked every pierogi flavor at legendary Rudy’s in Parma for National Pierogi Day," 8 Oct. 2020 In a monstrance, Catholics will adore the Body of Christ in His Eucharistic presence. Kathryn Jean Lopez, National Review, "The Good Samaritan in a Coronavirus Election Year," 28 Sep. 2020 This is a wonderfully clever and erudite puzzle mystery that bibliophiles and mystery lovers will adore. Alex Pavesi, Star Tribune, "Reviews: 'The Eighth Detective,' by Alex Pavesi, and 'The Shadows,' by Alex North," 25 Sep. 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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23 Nov 2020

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“Adore.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Nov. 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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