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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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  • So he lived and so he died, the most revered and the happiest man in all his native shire.

    The White Company

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • Thus he spoke, and the other Greeks revered the priest and assented.

  • But, as I was saying, revered friend, the abundance of your wisdom makes you lazy.

  • And when he was possessed of a title he was revered because of that title, or the title itself was revered.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • A man has a right to be employed, to be trusted, to be loved, to be revered.

    Essays, Second Series

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

British Dictionary definitions for revered


  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 revered



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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