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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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Historical Examples

  • It is impossible to know Bentham without admiring and revering him.

    Essays in Rationalism

    Charles Robert Newman

  • But she made no motion of revering or any offer of saluting her late deity.

    The Leatherwood God

    William Dean Howells

  • But I'd keep "discerning," instead of substituting "revering."

  • From the contemplation of those, he might gather motives for loving or revering her.

    Edgar Huntley

    Charles Brockden Brown

  • In "Heroes and Hero-Worship" the habit has grown of revering mere will, rather than calm intellectual and moral power.

    Nineteenth Century Questions

    James Freeman Clarke

British Dictionary definitions for revering


  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 revering



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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