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adore

[uh-dawr, uh-dohr]
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verb (used with object), a·dored, a·dor·ing.
  1. to regard with the utmost esteem, love, and respect; honor.
  2. to pay divine honor to; worship: to adore God.
  3. to like or admire very much: I simply adore the way your hair is done!
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verb (used without object), a·dored, a·dor·ing.
  1. to worship.
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Origin of adore

1275–1325; < Latin adōrāre to speak to, pray, worship, equivalent to ad- ad- + ōrāre to speak, beg (see oral); replacing Middle English aour(i)e < Old French aourer < Latin
Related formsa·dor·er, nouna·dor·ing·ly, adverbun·a·dored, adjectiveun·a·dor·ing, adjectiveun·a·dor·ing·ly, adverb

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Antonyms for adore

1. abhor.
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Related Words for adore

revere, admire, cherish, idolize, worship, glorify, prize, treasure, exalt, venerate, dig, esteem, reverence, honor

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Historical Examples of adore

  • I adore that car, Katy, and I don't know how I have ever kept my fingers off it this long.

    Her Father's Daughter

    Gene Stratton-Porter

  • Was this the way you used to take to make us all adore you as we did?

    Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • Unfortunately for my peace of mind, I adore but too readily.

    Little Dorrit

    Charles Dickens

  • I adore the sea and the plain, but I neither care for mountains nor for forests.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • I adore having people come to see me, and I detest going to see them.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt


British Dictionary definitions for adore

adore

verb
  1. (tr) to love intensely or deeply
  2. to worship (a god) with religious rites
  3. (tr) informal to like very muchI adore chocolate
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Derived Formsadorer, nounadoring, adjectiveadoringly, adverb

Word Origin for adore

C15: via French from Latin adōrāre, from ad- to + ōrāre to pray
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Word Origin and History for adore

v.

late 14c., aouren, "to worship, pay divine honors to, bow down before," from Old French aorer "to adore, worship, praise" (10c.), from Latin adorare "speak to formally, beseech, ask in prayer," in Late Latin "to worship," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + orare "speak formally, pray" (see orator). Meaning "to honor very highly" is attested from 1590s; weakened sense of "to be very fond of" emerged by 1880s. Related: Adored; adoring.

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