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admire

[ ad-rmahyuh ]
/ ædˈmaɪər /
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verb (used with object), ad·mired, ad·mir·ing.

to regard with wonder, pleasure, or approval.
to regard with wonder or surprise (usually used ironically or sarcastically): I admire your audacity.

verb (used without object), ad·mired, ad·mir·ing.

to feel or express admiration.
Dialect. to take pleasure; like or desire: I would admire to go.

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Idioms for admire

    be admiring of, Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S. to admire: He's admiring of his brother's farm.

Origin of admire

First recorded in 1580–90; from Latin admīrārī, equivalent to ad- ad- + mīrārī (in Medieval Latin mīrāre ) “to wonder at, admire”

OTHER WORDS FROM admire

ad·mir·er, nounpre·ad·mire, verb (used with object), pre·ad·mired, pre·ad·mir·ing.qua·si-ad·mire, verb, qua·si-ad·mired, qua·si-ad·mir·ing.un·ad·mired, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for admire

admire
/ (ədˈmaɪə) /

verb (tr)

to regard with esteem, respect, approval, or pleased surprise
archaic to wonder at

Derived forms of admire

admirer, nounadmiring, adjectiveadmiringly, adverb

Word Origin for admire

C16: from Latin admīrāri to wonder at, from ad- to, at + mīrāri to wonder, from mīrus wonderful
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