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venerate

[ ven-uh-reyt ]
/ ˈvɛn əˌreɪt /
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verb (used with object), ven·er·at·ed, ven·er·at·ing.

to regard or treat with reverence; revere.

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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)

OTHER WORDS FROM venerate

ven·er·a·tor, nounun·ven·er·at·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for venerate

venerate
/ (ˈvɛnəˌreɪt) /

verb (tr)

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

Derived forms of venerate

venerator, noun

Word Origin for venerate

C17: from Latin venerārī, from venus love
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