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[uh-dawr, uh-dohr] /əˈdɔr, əˈdoʊr/
verb (used with object), adored, adoring.
to regard with the utmost esteem, love, and respect; honor.
to pay divine honor to; worship:
to adore God.
to like or admire very much:
I simply adore the way your hair is done!
verb (used without object), adored, adoring.
to worship.
Origin of adore
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
1. idolize; reverence, revere, venerate.
1. abhor. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for adoringly
Historical Examples
  • "Betty, Betty, you're so wonderful," cried Mollie adoringly.

  • He did love her, love her adoringly, as he loved what was great and lofty in art.

    What the Moon Saw: and Other Tales Hans Christian Andersen
  • Then she backed off, and stood gazing down upon the two of them adoringly.

    The Brentons Anna Chapin Ray
  • Cissy paused for breath, and her lover looked at her adoringly.

    Pretty Geraldine, the New York Salesgirl

    Mrs. Alex. McVeigh Miller
  • From the moment I met you I loved you, loved you blindly, adoringly, madly!

    Lady Windermere's Fan Oscar Wilde
  • That which the subsidence revealed, adoringly she called her Huggo.

    This Freedom A. S. M. Hutchinson
  • Perhaps it was because they all treated him so adoringly that he was tired of them.

    The Genius Con Pederson
  • He held his head up in a fine triumph, and she watched him adoringly.

    What Diantha Did Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  • Landon had gone to meet his bride gallantly, adoringly, that day.

    The Pursuit

    Frank (Frank Mackenzie) Savile
  • John Ring used to handle it adoringly, and kept it polished to brilliancy.

    Acres of Diamonds Russell H. Conwell
British Dictionary definitions for adoringly


(transitive) to love intensely or deeply
to worship (a god) with religious rites
(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 adoringly



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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