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admire

[ad-mahyuh r] /ædˈmaɪər/
verb (used with object), admired, admiring.
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), admired, admiring.
3.
to feel or express admiration.
4.
Dialect. to take pleasure; like or desire:
I would admire to go.
Idioms
5.
be admiring of, Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S. to admire:
He's admiring of his brother's farm.
Origin of admire
1580-1590
1580-90; < Latin admīrārī, equivalent to ad- ad- + mīrārī (in Medieval Latin mīrāre) to wonder at, admire
Related forms
admirer, noun
preadmire, verb (used with object), preadmired, preadmiring.
preadmirer, noun
quasi-admire, verb, quasi-admired, quasi-admiring.
unadmired, adjective
Synonyms
1. esteem, revere, venerate.
Antonyms
1. despise.
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Examples from the Web for admires
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  • Indeed, though she admires the right things, she is essentially the modern woman, whose interest is all in the present and future.

    Set in Silver Charles Norris Williamson and Alice Muriel Williamson
  • How he admires the rooks and the green grass on the graves, because the children do!

    Deerbrook Harriet Martineau
  • Query, if one admires an artist or an author, a poet or a musician, is it wise to see him in the flesh?

    The Churches of Paris S. Sophia Beale
  • And do you mean to say that Sing has no taste at all, simply because he admires me?

    Doctor Jones' Picnic S. E. Chapman
  • He admires the profusion of walnuts, chestnuts, wild apples and plums.

British Dictionary definitions for admires

admire

/ədˈmaɪə/
verb (transitive)
1.
to regard with esteem, respect, approval, or pleased surprise
2.
(archaic) to wonder at
Derived Forms
admirer, noun
admiring, adjective
admiringly, 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 admires

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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