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re·​vere ri-ˈvir How to pronounce revere (audio)
revered; revering

transitive verb

: to show devoted deferential honor to : regard as worthy of great honor
revere the aged
revere tradition


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: revers
Choose the Right Synonym for revere

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 revere in a Sentence

Verb The family reveres old traditions. in some cultures people revere their ancestors, even leaving food offerings for them
Recent Examples on the Web
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Word History



borrowed from Middle French & Latin; Middle French reverer, borrowed from Latin reverērī "to stand in awe of, treat with deference," from re- re- + verērī "to show reverence for, fear" — more at ware entry 2


by alteration

First Known Use


1615, in the meaning defined above


1899, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of revere was in 1615

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Cite this Entry

“Revere.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


revered; revering
: to show devotion and honor to : think of with reverence

Geographical Definition


geographical name

Re·​vere ri-ˈvir How to pronounce Revere (audio)
city in eastern Massachusetts on an inlet of the Atlantic just north of the northeasternmost part of Boston population 51,755

Biographical Definition


biographical name

Re·​vere ri-ˈvir How to pronounce Revere (audio)
Paul 1735–1818 American patriot and silversmith

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