ador·​ing ə-ˈdȯr-iŋ How to pronounce adoring (audio)
: feeling or showing great affection and devotion
his adoring fans
an adoring spouse
her adoring eyes
He was twenty then, an only son, spoiled by his adoring family.Joseph Conrad
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

Examples of adoring in a Sentence

adoring grandparents who love to spoil their grandchildren the adoring attention of the girls' gymnastics team when our local Olympic hero spoke to them
Recent Examples on the Web At age six, Ethan's tenure of deprivation ended and a rich life of loving care started with Julie, his adoring adoptive mother. Marc D. Hauser, TIME, 3 Apr. 2024 The three cosmonauts spent weeks performing zero gravity acrobatics, televised for the adoring Soviet public. Kelly and Zach Weinersmith, Popular Science, 8 Nov. 2023 Leaf peeping season is in full swing, meaning fall's most adoring fans will be making their way to New England, high-altitude spots out west, and some of America's most beautiful national parks to experience the kaleidoscope of colors. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 14 Oct. 2023 The series itself is such an adoring affirmation of the persistent privilege of celebrity, and in particular these women, that any attempts to enrich the narrative with strife or hardship fall flat. Carrie Battan, The New Yorker, 5 Oct. 2023 During a career retrospective in France, Gustav meets an adoring Hollywood star and offers her the part intended for Nora. Elsa Keslassy, Variety, 18 Sep. 2023 The Broadway star performed last weekend at the Ice Palace nightclub for some of her most adoring fans. Yael Goldstein-Love, New York Times, 9 Sep. 2023 Last weekend on Fire Island in New York, far from the bright lights of Broadway, Patti LuPone performed at the Ice Palace nightclub for some of her most adoring fans. Alex Vadukul, New York Times, 28 Aug. 2023 There was a time when Marilyn Monroe emerged as an illusion, a trick of the light produced between herself, her studio’s massive press apparatus, and an adoring and vampiric public. Phillip MacIak, The New Republic, 9 June 2023

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Word History


from present participle of adore

First Known Use

1687, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of adoring was in 1687

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“Adoring.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2024.

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