verb (used with object), awed, aw·ing.
Origin of awe
Examples from the Web for awes
Surely it can't be merely his habit;——there's something in him that awes me.The Belle's Stratagem|Hannah Cowley
To show fear, is to whet an Indian's appetite for blood: coolness confounds and awes him when anything will.Eleven Years in the Rocky Mountains and Life on the Frontier|Frances Fuller Victor
Accordingly the highest Art always has something of the terrible in it, so that it awes you while it attracts.
That, no doubt, is fine; the motive of the crime is a great passion, which awes even human justice.Eugenie Grandet|Honore de Balzac
I could stop and look at a little wayside stream for hours; and a pool—I never tire of it, though it awes me when I am alone.Memoirs of Arthur Hamilton, B. A. Of Trinity College, Cambridge|Arthur Christopher Benson
Word Origin for awe
c.1300, earlier aghe, c.1200, from a Scandinavian source, e.g. Old Norse agi "fright;" from Proto-Germanic *agiz- (cf. Old English ege "fear," Old High German agiso "fright, terror," Gothic agis "fear, anguish"), from PIE *agh-es- (cf. Greek akhos "pain, grief"), from root *agh- "to be depressed, be afraid" (see ail). Current sense of "dread mixed with veneration" is due to biblical use with reference to the Supreme Being. Awe-inspiring is recorded from 1814.