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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 admires

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  • Admires her great qualities, and glories in the friendship between them.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • I am like the drunkard who admires a temperate life, yet can't pass a ginshop.

  • He will not forget the builder while he admires the architect.

    A Dish Of Orts

    George MacDonald

  • He admires you greatly, Lucy; he told me so as he took me downstairs.

  • Beulwitz, the emperor's aide-de-camp, admires her immensely.

    Jack Hinton

    Charles James Lever


British Dictionary definitions for admires

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 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.

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