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adore

[uh-dawr, uh-dohr] /əˈdɔr, əˈdoʊr/
verb (used with object), adored, adoring.
1.
to regard with the utmost esteem, love, and respect; honor.
2.
to pay divine honor to; worship:
to adore God.
3.
to like or admire very much:
I simply adore the way your hair is done!
verb (used without object), adored, adoring.
4.
to worship.
Origin
1275-1325
1275-1325; < Latin adōrāre to speak to, pray, worship, equivalent to ad- ad- + ōrāre to speak, beg (see oral); replacing Middle English aour(i)e < Old French aourer < Latin
Related forms
adorer, noun
adoringly, adverb
unadored, adjective
unadoring, adjective
unadoringly, adverb
Synonyms
1. idolize; reverence, revere, venerate.
Antonyms
1. abhor.
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  • She adored her--worshipped her, even--but was also jealous of her.
  • In my family, my sister was the first grandchild, and was adored by the family.
  • He was the opposite of those things and yet everybody around him adored him.
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  • Today, cats are adored for their beauty and unique personalities.
  • He was once the subject of controversy, but adored by people across the nation and perhaps around the world.
  • Yet whatever shape or size robots come in, many will be adored.
  • He made more time, though, for his adored grandchildren.
  • She was dazzlingly famous more than she was posh, and she was adored.
  • Though he adored the freedom of the open road, he didn't balk.
British Dictionary definitions for adored

adore

/əˈdɔː/
verb
1.
(transitive) to love intensely or deeply
2.
to worship (a god) with religious rites
3.
(transitive) (informal) to like very much: I adore chocolate
Derived Forms
adorer, noun
adoring, adjective
adoringly, adverb
Word Origin
C15: via French from Latin adōrāre, from ad- to + ōrāre to pray
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Word Origin and History for adored

adore

v.

late 14c., aouren, "to worship, pay divine honors to, bow down before," from Old French aorer "to adore, worship, praise" (10c.), from Latin adorare "speak to formally, beseech, ask in prayer," in Late Latin "to worship," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + orare "speak formally, pray" (see orator). Meaning "to honor very highly" is attested from 1590s; weakened sense of "to be very fond of" emerged by 1880s. Related: Adored; adoring.

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adored in the Bible

to worship; to express reverence and homage. The forms of adoration among the Jews were putting off the shoes (Ex. 3:5; Josh. 5:15), and prostration (Gen. 17:3; Ps. 95:6; Isa. 44:15, 17, 19; 46:6). To "kiss the Son" in Ps. 2:12 is to adore and worship him. (See Dan. 3:5, 6.) The word itself does not occur in Scripture.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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