- 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 admirer
I find both “admirer” and “suitor” to be presumptuous and one-sided.What Should I Call the Man I Love?
November 18, 2014
He then waited a beat and deadpanned: “Yes I am an admirer of Lenin.”The Bolshevik Who Thinks ‘The Nation’ Is Too Left Wing
October 26, 2014
CSI not only aided a not-guilty verdict, but netted Dr. Phil an admirer.It’s Time to Turn Off TV Doctors
June 23, 2014
Every few seconds, an escort or admirer comes by to give Lewis a quick hug or butt-squeeze.And The Escort of The Year Is… Backstage at The Sex Oscars
March 24, 2014
Marshall Berman, 72 Philosopher Marshall Berman was as much an admirer of diversity and modernism as he was of Karl Marx.The Deaths You Missed This Year
Malcolm Jones, Jimmy So, Michael Moynihan, Caitlin Dickson
December 30, 2013
He spoke of them more like a lover than an admirer, and told me he liked to go to them alone.My Double Life
Imogen was not coy; she would not have treated her admirer with affected disdain.Imogen
Never would she attempt to divert a glance from her cousin's admirer.The Innocent Adventuress
Mary Hastings Bradley
"As Miss Dalton's admirer, I hope rumor adds that," said she, hastily.The Daltons, Volume I (of II)
Charles James Lever
Of the "empasto," so much spoken of by connoisseurs, he is an admirer.
- to regard with esteem, respect, approval, or pleased surprise
- archaic to wonder at
Word Origin and History for admirer
c.1600, agent noun from admire (v.). "In common speech, a lover" [Johnson], a sense recorded from 1704.
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.