- to regard with wonder, pleasure, or approval.
- to regard with wonder or surprise (usually used ironically or sarcastically): I admire your audacity.
- to feel or express admiration.
- Dialect. to take pleasure; like or desire: I would admire to go.
- be admiring of, Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S. to admire: He's admiring of his brother's farm.
Origin of admire
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Examples from the Web for admire
Something about it I admire and something about it I find unpersuasive.Daphne Merkin on Lena Dunham, Book Criticism, and Self-Examination
December 26, 2014
He also recalls the many visitors who would often go to the island to admire its harvests and wildlife.The Congo's Forgotten Colonial Getaway
December 18, 2014
You have to admire his convictions; most frustrated auteurs in this town just call such things “an Alan Smithee project.”Sony Hack: A Dictator Move?
December 14, 2014
He allows the subject to float over to Hitchcock with a calm directness that I admire.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
It rests in the message of hope in songs so many young Americans admire: New Jersey's own Bruce Springsteen.Are Politicians Too Dumb to Understand the Lyrics to ‘Born in the USA’?
November 6, 2014
Mr. Paine did not admire Mrs. Davis, and was not likely to be influenced by her prejudices.Brave and Bold
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.Way of the Lawless
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.The Man Shakespeare
- to regard with esteem, respect, approval, or pleased surprise
- archaic to wonder at
Word Origin and History for admire
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.