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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 admirers

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  • Therefore, if only to avoid his worst foes, his admirers, a man should avoid system.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • Macdonald, however, was not a man to be put down in his own shop and before his own admirers.

  • He received the gifts as tributes, from admirers, to a public character.

    Little Dorrit

    Charles Dickens

  • She must get away before her admirers demanded her reappearance on the platform.

    A Nest of Spies

    Pierre Souvestre

  • And they add their admirers' names at the top of the writing, out of gratitude to them.


British Dictionary definitions for admirers

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for admirers

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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