adjective or adverb
\ ə-ˈgāp How to pronounce agape (audio) also -ˈgap \

Definition of agape

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : wide open : gaping with mouth agape
2 : being in a state of wonder stood agape before the gothic cathedral


aga·​pe | \ ä-ˈgä-(ˌ)pā How to pronounce agape (audio) , ˈä-gə-ˌpā How to pronounce agape (audio) \

Definition of agape (Entry 2 of 2)

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Examples of agape in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective or adverb In another conversation, a stranger sent a message to a Russian mother saying her son was dead, alongside a photo showing a man's body in the dirt -- face grimacing and mouth agape. Arkansas Online, 16 Apr. 2022 Lupita Nyong’o was seated behind Smith; the agape attention in her face was all but audible. New York Times, 29 Mar. 2022 Dylan Cardwell clasped his hands behind his head, mouth agape on the bench. Tom Green |, al, 18 Mar. 2022 Collette's round mouth is still agape in terror, only now it has been plumped by scarlet red lipstick. Leah Dolan, CNN, 15 Dec. 2021 All four coaches are up on their feet by the end and Kelly Clarkson, mouth agape, especially looks blown away. Maggie Fremont,, 8 Dec. 2021 As the flood of three-word requests from new South American fans poured in and his follower count skyrocketed, Wolfhard looked on agape. Washington Post, 18 Nov. 2021 Moon once visited a True World property and posed for a photograph, eyebrows arched and mouth agape, while holding a giant lobster. New York Times, 5 Nov. 2021 Without the throw, the type critics had long said Jackson could not make, Justin Tucker would never have lined up for the miraculous 66-yard-field goal that left a nation of football fans agape. Childs Walker,, 30 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of agape

Adjective or adverb

1667, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1536, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for agape

Adjective or adverb

a- entry 1 + gape entry 1


borrowed from Late Latin agapē, borrowed from Greek agápē "brotherly love," back-formation from agapân "to regard with affection, be fond of, be contented (with)" or agapázein "to welcome warmly," perhaps from a base *aga-pā- "lavish protection, attention or affection (on)," literally, "protect greatly," going back to Indo-European *m̥ǵh2- "large, great" + *peh2- "protect" — more at much entry 1, fur entry 1

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\ ə-ˈgāp How to pronounce agape (audio) \

Kids Definition of agape

: having the mouth open in wonder, surprise, or shock He stood there with mouth agape.

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