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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for adoringly
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  • And Cora had turned sidewise in her seat next to him at the theatre and had looked up at him adoringly, awe-struck.

    Gigolo Edna Ferber
  • He did love her, love her adoringly, as he loved what was great and lofty in art.

    What the Moon Saw: and Other Tales Hans Christian Andersen
  • Or, if the public preferred, with Clavel as star, and with Adrienne as an adoringly humble member of the cast.

    Superwomen Albert Payson Terhune
  • Then she backed off, and stood gazing down upon the two of them adoringly.

    The Brentons Anna Chapin Ray
  • There, adoringly, stood Gaga, all his love making a radiance in his face which she had not previously seen so distinctly.

    Coquette Frank Swinnerton
  • That which the subsidence revealed, adoringly she called her Huggo.

    This Freedom A. S. M. Hutchinson
  • And all the while Nan Brent's child stood by Donald's knee, gazing up at him adoringly.

    Kindred of the Dust Peter B. Kyne
  • Perhaps it was because they all treated him so adoringly that he was tired of them.

    The Genius Con Pederson
  • They followed him about like two pet dogs, and when he sat down they stood and gazed at him adoringly.

    Two Little Confederates Thomas Nelson Page
  • He was looking down at her not only adoringly, but masterfully.

British Dictionary definitions for adoringly


(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 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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adoringly 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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