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[uh-dawr, uh-dohr] /əˈdɔr, əˈdoʊr/
verb (used with object), adored, adoring.
to regard with the utmost esteem, love, and respect; honor.
to pay divine honor to; worship:
to adore God.
to like or admire very much:
I simply adore the way your hair is done!
verb (used without object), adored, adoring.
to worship.
Origin of adore
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
1. idolize; reverence, revere, venerate.
1. abhor. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for adoring
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  • Much more, it is only under the inspiration of adoring love and joy that we can ourselves be made holy.

    Holy in Christ Andrew Murray
  • France was by that time not merely enthusiastic; she was fascinated and adoring.

    The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte William Milligan Sloane
  • And he'd always told me that he had never experienced an emotion except when adoring the moon.

    The Business of Life Robert W. Chambers
  • The adoring eyes of the girl watched the tall figure disappear.

    The Convert Elizabeth Robins
  • At that adoring look he felt his nerves quiver, just as if he had seen a moth scorching its wings.

    Five Tales John Galsworthy
British Dictionary definitions for adoring


(transitive) to love intensely or deeply
to worship (a god) with religious rites
(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 adoring

1650s, "worshipping," present participle adjective from adore. Related: Adoringly.



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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adoring 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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