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admire

[ad-mahyuh r] /ædˈmaɪər/
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 of admire
1580-1590
1580-90; < Latin admīrārī, equivalent to ad- ad- + mīrārī (in Medieval Latin mīrāre) to wonder at, admire
Related forms
admirer, noun
preadmire, verb (used with object), preadmired, preadmiring.
preadmirer, noun
quasi-admire, verb, quasi-admired, quasi-admiring.
unadmired, adjective
Synonyms
1. esteem, revere, venerate.
Antonyms
1. despise.
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  • It would be to judge, to admire, to adore that of which we can form no idea.

  • Then you will understand, and understanding, you will admire his courage.

    Ancient Man Hendrik Willem van Loon
  • She does not admire what she calls the smoky color I bring home from London.

  • Mr. Paine did not admire Mrs. Davis, and was not likely to be influenced by her prejudices.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • Florence was very pretty, and it is pleasant to admire a pretty face.

    Dombey and Son Charles Dickens
British Dictionary definitions for admire

admire

/ədˈmaɪə/
verb (transitive)
1.
to regard with esteem, respect, approval, or pleased surprise
2.
(archaic) to wonder at
Derived Forms
admirer, noun
admiring, adjective
admiringly, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Latin admīrāri to wonder at, from ad- to, at + mīrāri to wonder, from mīrus wonderful
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Word Origin and History for admire
v.

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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