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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

1. abhor.
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Related Words

revereadmirecherishidolizeworshipglorifyprizetreasureexaltveneratedigesteemreverencehonor

Examples from the Web for adored

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  • The Rosenfelds adored him, with the single exception of the head of the family.

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    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • She thought only of him; she adored him in the lustre of his legendary nobility.

    The Dream

    Emile Zola

  • I began to tremble all over, as I adored that doll, which had been given to me by my father.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • I did not care much for her, as she was cold and affected, but I adored my uncle.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • All of them adored and envied my hair, because it was so soft and light and golden.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt


British Dictionary definitions for adored

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

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

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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