[ uh-geyp, uh-gap ]
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adverb, adjective
  1. with the mouth wide open, as in wonder, surprise, or eagerness: We stood there agape at the splendor.

  2. wide open: his mouth agape.

Origin of agape

First recorded in 1660–70; a-1 + gape

Words Nearby agape

Other definitions for agape (2 of 2)

[ ah-gah-pey, ah-guh-pey, ag-uh- ]

noun,plural a·ga·pae [ah-gah-pahy, ah-guh-pahy, -pee], /ɑˈgɑ paɪ, ˈɑ gəˌpaɪ, -ˌpi/, a·ga·pai [ah-gah-pahy, ah-guh-pahy] /ɑˈgɑ paɪ, ˈɑ gəˌpaɪ/ for 4.
  1. the love of God or Christ for humankind.

  2. the love of Christians for other persons, corresponding to the love of God for humankind.

  1. unselfish love of one person for another without sexual implications; brotherly love.

Origin of agape

First recorded in 1600–10, agape is from the Greek word agápē “love” Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use agape in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for agape (1 of 2)


/ (əˈɡeɪp) /

  1. (esp of the mouth) wide open

  2. very surprised, expectant, or eager, esp as indicated by a wide open mouth

Origin of agape

C17: a- ² + gape

British Dictionary definitions for Agape (2 of 2)


/ (ˈæɡəpɪ) /

  1. Christian love, esp as contrasted with erotic love; charity

  2. a communal meal in the early Church taken in commemoration of the Last Supper; love feast

Origin of Agape

C17: Greek agapē love

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