adored; adoring

transitive verb

: to worship or honor as a deity or as divine
: to regard with loving admiration and devotion
He adored his wife.
: to be very fond of
adores pecan pie
adorer noun
Choose the Right Synonym for adore

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

Example Sentences

He's a good doctor. All his patients adore him. They adored shopping in all the boutiques.
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Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of adore was in the 14th century

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“Adore.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


ə-ˈdō(ə)r How to pronounce adore (audio)
adored; adoring
: to be very fond of

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