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

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Other Words from adore

adorer noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for adore

Synonyms

cherish, love, worship

Antonyms

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

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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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The 23-year-old Jemison is a beloved aunt to a host of nieces and nephews, adores all children and grew up wanting to be a pediatrician or an elementary school teacher. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al.com, "Marshae Jones shooting: ‘I will never get over the baby,’ says Ebony Jemison," 8 July 2019 Trading Sandoval would likely frustrate a Giants fan base and manager that adore the popular slugger, but there are plenty of other ways Zaidi can maximize the last three months of the season. Kerry Crowley, The Mercury News, "Roll with kids or ride with veterans? Giants have more clarity on second half direction," 29 June 2019 Juries adored him and so did his opponents — no small feat. Bob Goldsborough, chicagotribune.com, "Edward Foote, master litigator at Winston & Strawn, dies at 90," 24 June 2019 Many of these animals, regulars at specific temples, are legends and celebrities among the adoring public. Sangeeta Tanwar, Quartz India, "This elephant-obsessed Indian state is finally stepping in to protect abused captive animals," 13 June 2019 Customers adore the brand, and with its Model Y, the company is finally entering the crossover utility vehicle (CUV) segment, the most popular type of car since 2018. Michael J. Coren, Quartz, "Tesla’s annual shareholder meeting ran on pure, high-octane optimism," 12 June 2019 Every holiday has a divisive candy — a signature seasonal treat that some people adore and others want to kill with fire. Marci Robin, Allure, "These Stylists Created Peeps-Inspired Pastel Hair Color for Easter," 20 Apr. 2019 He was adored by his 3 children, 9 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. orlandosentinel.com, "Deaths in Central Florida: 6/23," 21 June 2019 But he is adored by the party members in the country who cherish his Bertie Wooster-with-a-thesaurus speeches and flamboyant style. The Economist, "And then there were two," 20 June 2019

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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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Dictionary Entries near adore

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adoratory

adorbs

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adorn

adornment

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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

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