- to regard with wonder, pleasure, or approval.
- to regard with wonder or surprise (usually used ironically or sarcastically): I admire your audacity.
- to feel or express admiration.
- Dialect. to take pleasure; like or desire: I would admire to go.
- be admiring of, Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S. to admire: He's admiring of his brother's farm.
Origin of admire
1580–90; < Latin admīrārī, equivalent to ad- ad- + mīrārī (in Medieval Latin mīrāre) to wonder at, admire
Synonyms for admire
Antonyms for admire
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- to regard with esteem, respect, approval, or pleased surprise
- archaic to wonder at
Word Origin for admire
C16: from Latin admīrāri to wonder at, from ad- to, at + mīrāri to wonder, from mīrus wonderful
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early 15c. (implied in admired), from Middle French admirer (Old French amirer, 14c.), or directly from Latin admirari "to wonder at" (see admiration). Related: Admiring; admiringly.
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