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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from adore

adorer noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for adore

Synonyms

cherish, love, worship

Antonyms

abhor, abominate, despise, detest, execrate, hate, loathe

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Choose the Right Synonym for adore

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

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 Paula had a brilliant sense of humor that was adored by all and will certainly be missed by many. Hartford Courant, courant.com, "Paula C. Schmitt," 15 June 2018 The Wyoming plan also includes a no-hunt buffer zone in a region east of Grand Teton where several bears adored by photographers and tourists are known to roam and den. Karin Brulliard, chicagotribune.com, "Yellowstone grizzly bears are off the endangered list; Wyoming says it's time to hunt them again," 24 May 2018 But then came the moment the forged Barbosa's life; a split second that turned a human being who was adored by his country into an anti-hero. SI.com, "World Cup Countdown: 17 Weeks to Go - Moacir Barbosa, the Man Blamed for Brazil's 'Hiroshima'," 26 Feb. 2018 Chida was loved and adored by her husband, grandchildren, nieces and nephews and her many friends. Sun-Sentinel.com, "Deaths in South Florida: 2/18," 18 Feb. 2018 Dave Chappelle is Noodles, Jackson’s old friend and unsparing truth-teller; Andrew Dice Clay is Lorenzo, Ally’s father, who puts her down subtly while adoring her. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘A Star Is Born’ Review: A Brilliant Reincarnation," 1 Oct. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'adore.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about adore

Dictionary Entries near adore

adorational

adoratory

adorbs

adore

adoring

adorn

adornment

Statistics for adore

Last Updated

21 Mar 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for adore

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

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for adore

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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on adore

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with adore

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for adore

Spanish Central: Translation of adore

Nglish: Translation of adore for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of adore for Arabic Speakers

Comments on adore

What made you want to look up adore? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

the range of authority or knowledge

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Original Meanings Quiz

  • rembrandt-painting-a-young-scholar-and-his-tutor
  • Which of the following is the earliest known sense of the word awe?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!