[ ven-uh-reyt ]
/ ˈvɛn əˌreɪt /

verb (used with object), ven·er·at·ed, ven·er·at·ing.

to regard or treat with reverence; revere.

Nearby words

  1. venenous,
  2. venepuncture,
  3. vener,
  4. venera,
  5. venerable,
  6. veneration,
  7. venereal,
  8. venereal bubo,
  9. venereal disease,
  10. venereal diseases

Origin of venerate

1615–25; < Latin venerātus, past participle of venerārī to solicit the goodwill of (a god), worship, revere, verbal derivative of vener-, stem of venus, presumably in its original sense “desire”; see Venus)

Related formsven·er·a·tor, nounun·ven·er·at·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for venerate


/ (ˈvɛnəˌreɪt) /

verb (tr)

to hold in deep respect; revere
to honour in recognition of qualities of holiness, excellence, wisdom, etc
Derived Formsvenerator, noun

Word Origin for venerate

C17: from Latin venerārī, from venus love

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Word Origin and History for venerate



1620s, from Latin veneratus, past participle of venerari "to reverence, worship" (see veneration). Related: Venerated; venerating.

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