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verb (used with object), re·vered, re·ver·ing.
  1. to regard with respect tinged with awe; venerate: The child revered her mother.
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Origin of revere1

1655–65; < Latin reverērī, equivalent to re- re- + verērī to stand in awe of, fear, feel reverence (akin to ware2)
Related formsre·ver·a·ble, adjectivere·ver·er, nounun·re·vered, adjective


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reverence, honor, adore.


  1. revers.
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  1. Paul,1735–1818, American silversmith and patriot, famous for his night horseback ride, April 18, 1775, to warn Massachusetts colonists of the coming of British troops.
  2. a city in E Massachusetts, on Massachusetts Bay, near Boston: seaside resort.
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  • I honour the plant, I revere the tree, and would cherish its branches.

  • He is buried in my heart, not in the earth, and I shall love him and revere him always!

    The Christian

    Hall Caine

  • In tenderest love may we ever cherish and bless and revere her memory.

    The Last Voyage

    Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey

  • Other nations may revere that name, but no Roman can endure it.

    A Short History of Spain

    Mary Platt Parmele

  • Revere does not mention the fact that he was himself a member of the Tea-Party.

British Dictionary definitions for revere


  1. (tr) to be in awe of and respect deeply; venerate
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Derived Formsreverable, adjectivereverer, noun

Word Origin

C17: from Latin reverēri, from re- + verērī to fear, be in awe of


  1. Paul . 1735–1818, American patriot and silversmith, best known for his night ride on April 18, 1775, to warn the Massachusetts colonists of the coming of the British troops
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Word Origin and History for revere


1660s, from French révérer, from Latin revereri "revere, fear" (see reverence (n.), which also was the earlier form of the verb). Related: Revered; revering.

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