admire

[ad-mahyuhr]
verb (used with object), admired, admiring.
1.
to regard with wonder, pleasure, or approval.
2.
to regard with wonder or surprise (usually used ironically or sarcastically): I admire your audacity.
verb (used without object), admired, admiring.
3.
to feel or express admiration.
4.
Dialect. to take pleasure; like or desire: I would admire to go.
Idioms
5.
be admiring of, Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S. to admire: He's admiring of his brother's farm.

Origin:
1580–90; < Latin admīrārī, equivalent to ad- ad- + mīrārī (in Medieval Latin mīrāre) to wonder at, admire

admirer, noun
preadmire, verb (used with object), preadmired, preadmiring.
preadmirer, noun
quasi-admire, verb, quasi-admired, quasi-admiring.
unadmired, adjective


1. esteem, revere, venerate.


1. despise.
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admire (ədˈmaɪə)
 
vb
1.  to regard with esteem, respect, approval, or pleased surprise
2.  archaic to wonder at
 
[C16: from Latin admīrāri to wonder at, from ad- to, at + mīrāri to wonder, from mīrus wonderful]
 
ad'mirer
 
n
 
ad'miring
 
adj
 
ad'miringly
 
adv

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admire
late 16c., from Fr. admirer (O.Fr. amirer, 14c.), from L. admirari (see admiration). Noun admirer is recorded from c.1600; "In common speech, a lover" [Johnson], a sense recorded from c.1705.
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Example sentences
Behaviour that's admired is the path to power among people everywhere.
She returned from a trip there with a shearling coat that her friends admired.
Loved and admired for her gentle disposition and good heart.
Your drive, determination, charm and charisma on and off the tennis court was
  admired by all.
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