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[ven-uh-reyt] /ˈvɛn əˌreɪt/
verb (used with object), venerated, venerating.
to regard or treat with reverence; revere.
Origin of venerate
1615-25; < Latin venerātus, past participle of venerārī to solicit the goodwill of (a god), worship, revere, verbal derivative of vener-, stem of venus, presumably in its original sense “desire”; see Venus)
Related forms
venerator, noun
unvenerated, adjective Unabridged
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verb (transitive)
to hold in deep respect; revere
to honour in recognition of qualities of holiness, excellence, wisdom, etc
Derived Forms
venerator, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin venerārī, from venus love
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Word Origin and History for venerate

1620s, from Latin veneratus, past participle of venerari "to reverence, worship" (see veneration). Related: Venerated; venerating.

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