- to regard with wonder, pleasure, or approval.
- to regard with wonder or surprise (usually used ironically or sarcastically): I admire your audacity.
- to feel or express admiration.
- Dialect. to take pleasure; like or desire: I would admire to go.
- be admiring of, Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S. to admire: He's admiring of his brother's farm.
Origin of admire
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Examples from the Web for admires
What Stewart admires are the “brave correspondents” who cover things like the Arab Spring.Wanted: Less Terrible Political Coverage on TV
November 19, 2014
A department store piano melody plays in the background while he admires everything he can see.Kirk Cameron Saves Christmas from Abominable Killjoys (Other Christians)
November 14, 2014
She passes it on to a man who admires her lipstick traces on it.My Night at the NSFW Oscars
January 22, 2014
But he also admires the strength of children, and honors it in his work.Hayao Miyazaki’s ‘The Wind Rises’: An Anime Icon Bows Out
November 15, 2013
He admires the “courage of the Dream 9” but calls it an “ill-conceived protest.”The Dream 9 Ripple Effect
Terry Greene Sterling
August 4, 2013
Admires her great qualities, and glories in the friendship between them.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
I am like the drunkard who admires a temperate life, yet can't pass a ginshop.In the Midst of Alarms
He will not forget the builder while he admires the architect.A Dish Of Orts
He admires you greatly, Lucy; he told me so as he took me downstairs.Sir Brook Fossbrooke, Volume I.
Charles James Lever
Beulwitz, the emperor's aide-de-camp, admires her immensely.Jack Hinton
Charles James Lever
- to regard with esteem, respect, approval, or pleased surprise
- archaic to wonder at
Word Origin and History for admires
early 15c. (implied in admired), from Middle French admirer (Old French amirer, 14c.), or directly from Latin admirari "to wonder at" (see admiration). Related: Admiring; admiringly.