adore

[uh-dawr, uh-dohr]

verb (used with object), a·dored, a·dor·ing.

to regard with the utmost esteem, love, and respect; honor.
to pay divine honor to; worship: to adore God.
to like or admire very much: I simply adore the way your hair is done!

verb (used without object), a·dored, a·dor·ing.

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

Antonyms for adore

1. abhor.
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Examples from the Web for adores

Contemporary Examples of adores

Historical Examples of adores

  • I live there with a dear young husband who adores me; my slightest wish is his law.

    Pretty Madcap Dorothy

    Laura Jean Libbey

  • He adores the little lame girl who skips around him in his room, which is comfortable and well furnished.

    Ten Tales

    Franois Coppe

  • Give him the occasion to speak—one that adores you—hear him utter your praises—hear him vow his devotion—give him the occasion.

    Captain Ravenshaw

    Robert Neilson Stephens

  • The common herd is an old Narcissus who adores himself, and who applauds the vulgar herd.

    Les Misrables

    Victor Hugo

  • The official itinerary of the Hindu pilgrim includes Svayambhû, where he adores Buddha under that name.



British Dictionary definitions for adores

adore

verb

(tr) to love intensely or deeply
to worship (a god) with religious rites
(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

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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