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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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  • Teach them to venerate and to hold in honorable remembrance their parents, and to help all those who are helpless and needy.

    Gospel Doctrine Joseph F. Smith
  • They venerate him as highly as they do the Prophet, and consider all other Musalmns to be unbelievers.

    The Faith of Islam Edward Sell
  • The laity admire and venerate the religious, and voluntarily and cheerfully contribute to their maintenance and welfare.

    The Soul of a People H. Fielding
  • The man or the divinity we venerate at nineteen we instinctively bow to at forty.

    The Land We Live In Henry Mann
  • Sir, we have been accustomed to venerate the judiciary, and to repose hopes of safety on that branch of the government.

  • Your nature seems to require something to venerate, as well as to love.

    Eugene Aram, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • In that there is no thought of it as a chalice: it is a stone which feeds and delights all who surround, cherish, and venerate it.

    Curiosities of Olden Times S. Baring-Gould
  • Accustomed to despise, she felt all the luxury it is to venerate!

    Rienzi Edward Bulwer Lytton
  • We cannot venerate any one in whom appreciation is not divorced from desire.

    The Sense of Beauty George Santayana
British Dictionary definitions for venerate


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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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