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[ad-mahyuh r] /ædˈmaɪər/
verb (used with object), admired, admiring.
to regard with wonder, pleasure, or approval.
to regard with wonder or surprise (usually used ironically or sarcastically):
I admire your audacity.
verb (used without object), admired, admiring.
to feel or express admiration.
Dialect. to take pleasure; like or desire:
I would admire to go.
be admiring of, Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S. to admire:
He's admiring of his brother's farm.
Origin of admire
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
1. esteem, revere, venerate.
1. despise. Unabridged
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  • Could you lend an admirer a dollar and a half to buy a hymn-book with?

  • And old as the Captain was, and young as was his admirer, he warmed pleasantly at the words.

    An Australian Lassie Lilian Turner
  • You forget that my husband is a traveller, and an admirer of Americans and things American.

    At The Sign Of The Eagle Gilbert Parker
  • Speaking as an admirer, I should estimate you at five hundred a year.

    They and I Jerome K. Jerome
  • Fraser, fit to handle his weight in wildcats, as an admirer had once put it, found no trouble in following.

    A Texas Ranger William MacLeod Raine
British Dictionary definitions for admirer


verb (transitive)
to regard with esteem, respect, approval, or pleased surprise
(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 admirer

c.1600, agent noun from admire (v.). "In common speech, a lover" [Johnson], a sense recorded from 1704.



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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