\ 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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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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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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7 Aug 2020

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“Adore.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 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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