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admire

[ad-mahyuh r]
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verb (used with object), ad·mired, ad·mir·ing.
  1. to regard with wonder, pleasure, or approval.
  2. to regard with wonder or surprise (usually used ironically or sarcastically): I admire your audacity.
verb (used without object), ad·mired, ad·mir·ing.
  1. to feel or express admiration.
  2. Dialect. to take pleasure; like or desire: I would admire to go.
Idioms
  1. be admiring of, Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S. to admire: He's admiring of his brother's farm.

Origin of admire

1580–90; < Latin admīrārī, equivalent to ad- ad- + mīrārī (in Medieval Latin mīrāre) to wonder at, admire
Related formsad·mir·er, nounpre·ad·mire, verb (used with object), pre·ad·mired, pre·ad·mir·ing.pre·ad·mir·er, nounqua·si-ad·mire, verb, qua·si-ad·mired, qua·si-ad·mir·ing.un·ad·mired, adjective

Synonyms

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1. esteem, revere, venerate.

Antonyms

1. despise.
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Examples from the Web for admire

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  • Mr. Paine did not admire Mrs. Davis, and was not likely to be influenced by her prejudices.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • Then you will understand, and understanding, you will admire his courage.

    Ancient Man

    Hendrik Willem van Loon

  • It's a good bluff, as I said before, and I admire the way you worked it.

  • I admire him—you'd have to see him in the hospital, with every one deferring to him and all that, to understand.

    K

    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • True, Shakespeare was not the kind of man Englishmen are accustomed to admire.


British Dictionary definitions for admire

admire

verb (tr)
  1. to regard with esteem, respect, approval, or pleased surprise
  2. archaic to wonder at
Derived Formsadmirer, nounadmiring, adjectiveadmiringly, adverb

Word Origin

C16: from Latin admīrāri to wonder at, from ad- to, at + mīrāri to wonder, from mīrus wonderful
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Word Origin and History for admire

v.

early 15c. (implied in admired), from Middle French admirer (Old French amirer, 14c.), or directly from Latin admirari "to wonder at" (see admiration). Related: Admiring; admiringly.

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