ador·ing | \ə-ˈdȯr-iŋ \

Definition of adoring 

: feeling or showing great affection and devotion his adoring fans her adoring husband her adoring eyes He was twenty then, an only son, spoiled by his adoring family.— Joseph Conrad

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Other Words from adoring

adoringly adverb
He gazed at her adoringly. He had accused her of not taking him seriously, and she had replied … that she took him religiously, adoringly. — Henry James

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affectionate, devoted, fond, loving, tender, tenderhearted



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She is survived by her adoring nephews, Thomas (Tommy) Becker and his partner, Jim Rosenfeld, of Houston and Stephen (Steve) Becker, and his wife, Pat, of Marble Falls, TX., "Hyla Z. Berson," 5 July 2018 Some of the guys headed out on what appeared to be a party bus, throwing an impromptu dance party for their adoring fans. Jenna West,, "Watch: Alex Ovechkin, Capitals Party Around Washington, D.C. With Stanley Cup," 9 June 2018 Wearing a white cowboy hat with sparkly beads draped like accents on a fancy chandelier, the progressive R&B singer Kelela greets a modest but adoring crowd on the Mojave stage. Randall Roberts,, "Coachella by the hour: Weekend highlights from Vince Staples, Kali Uchis, Moodymann, Oh Sees and, oh yeah, Beyoncé," 23 Apr. 2018 The Eiffel Tower premiered to an adoring public in 1889 and the first long distance electric power transmission in the United States was completed. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, "Movin' On Up: The Curious Birth and Rapid Rise of the Escalator," 6 Apr. 2016 The press was welcome to ride along, too, which resulted in a lot of adoring national coverage. Andrew Rice, Daily Intelligencer, "Can a Democrat Ever Win in Texas?," 10 July 2018 What fed and sustained Miss Brodie was the sunlight of the adoring gaze. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Women Set London’s Stages Ablaze," 9 July 2018 Tracy was the wife, friend and soulmate of J.P. Bonini and the adored and adoring mother of Alexa and Gavin., "Tracy Ellen Bonini," 8 July 2018 And as of late, many celebs are getting bangs too: In May 2018, Bella's sister, Gigi, showed off a curly mop of bangs on Instagram, and in January, Emma Watson unveiled a new set of micro bangs, inspiring a slew of adoring comments in her post. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Bella Hadid Gets Sideswept Bangs for Summer," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of adoring

1597, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for adoring

from present participle of adore

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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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