[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!
verb (used without object), a·dored, a·dor·ing.
  1. to worship.

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

Synonyms for adore

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Antonyms for adore

1. abhor. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for adores

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Historical Examples of adores

  • He adores her, and he'd kill everybody if he could, when he sees her go supperless to bed.

  • He cannot doubt the woman he adores: for he adores her because he believes and has proved her to be above all doubt.

    Henry Dunbar

    M. E. Braddon

  • But you see Sir Peter adores me so that he hastens to gratify my smallest wish.

    The First Violin

    Jessie Fothergill

  • He adores me, and I have only to give him a look to make him obey.

    The Downfall

    Emile Zola

  • Mind you, I adore father, and he adores me; most people adore me; but I must do what I like.

British Dictionary definitions for adores


  1. (tr) to love intensely or deeply
  2. to worship (a god) with religious rites
  3. (tr) informal to like very muchI adore chocolate
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 adores



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper