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adore

[uh-dawr, uh-dohr] /əˈdɔr, əˈdoʊr/
verb (used with object), adored, adoring.
1.
to regard with the utmost esteem, love, and respect; honor.
2.
to pay divine honor to; worship:
to adore God.
3.
to like or admire very much:
I simply adore the way your hair is done!
verb (used without object), adored, adoring.
4.
to worship.
Origin of adore
1275-1325
1275-1325; < Latin adōrāre to speak to, pray, worship, equivalent to ad- ad- + ōrāre to speak, beg (see oral); replacing Middle English aour(i)e < Old French aourer < Latin
Related forms
adorer, noun
adoringly, adverb
unadored, adjective
unadoring, adjective
unadoringly, adverb
Synonyms
1. idolize; reverence, revere, venerate.
Antonyms
1. abhor.
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  • From across the Street the boy watched her with adoring, humble eyes.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • Love brooded above and around him—timid, chidden, but absolute, adoring.

  • They one and all hated Wagner, adoring Chopin's magic music.

    Melomaniacs James Huneker
  • Probably it utterly escaped the adoring eyes of their father.

  • There could be no doubt that she had loved the man in her girlish, adoring fashion.

    The Hound From The North Ridgwell Cullum
British Dictionary definitions for adoring

adore

/əˈdɔː/
verb
1.
(transitive) to love intensely or deeply
2.
to worship (a god) with religious rites
3.
(transitive) (informal) to like very much: I adore chocolate
Derived Forms
adorer, noun
adoring, adjective
adoringly, adverb
Word Origin
C15: via French from Latin adōrāre, from ad- to + ōrāre to pray
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Word Origin and History for adoring
adj.

1650s, "worshipping," present participle adjective from adore. Related: Adoringly.

adore

v.

late 14c., aouren, "to worship, pay divine honors to, bow down before," from Old French aorer "to adore, worship, praise" (10c.), from Latin adorare "speak to formally, beseech, ask in prayer," in Late Latin "to worship," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + orare "speak formally, pray" (see orator). Meaning "to honor very highly" is attested from 1590s; weakened sense of "to be very fond of" emerged by 1880s. Related: Adored; adoring.

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