admiring

[ad-mahyuh r-ing]

adjective

displaying or feeling admiration: admiring looks.

Origin of admiring

First recorded in 1620–30; admire + -ing2
Related formsad·mir·ing·ly, adverbhalf-ad·mir·ing, adjectivehalf-ad·mir·ing·ly, adverbself-ad·mir·ing, adjectiveun·ad·mir·ing, adjectiveun·ad·mir·ing·ly, adverb

admire

[ad-mahyuhr]

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.

Idioms

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

Origin of admire

1580–90; < Latin admīrārī, equivalent to ad- ad- + mīrārī (in Medieval Latin mīrāre) to wonder at, admire
Related formsad·mir·er, nounpre·ad·mire, verb (used with object), pre·ad·mired, pre·ad·mir·ing.pre·ad·mir·er, nounqua·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 admiring

admire

verb (tr)

to regard with esteem, respect, approval, or pleased surprise
archaic to wonder at
Derived Formsadmirer, 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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Word Origin and History for admiring

admire

v.

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.

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