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
They often admire them and hold them in high esteem.
This ability made many scholars of bygone days admire Latin's majesty—and
  admire themselves for mastering it.
The visitor can admire at leisure the power of these men spared by the
  corruption of modernism.
As they admire a pod of whales in the distance, a stray baby whale grows
  curious.
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