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[ri-veer] /rɪˈvɪər/
verb (used with object), revered, revering.
to regard with respect tinged with awe; venerate:
The child revered her mother.
Origin of revere1
1655-65; < Latin reverērī, equivalent to re- re- + verērī to stand in awe of, fear, feel reverence (akin to ware2)
Related forms
reverable, adjective
reverer, noun
unrevered, adjective
reverence, honor, adore. Unabridged
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  • He had received the appellation of Firme F, was revered as a saint, and people ascribed marvellous healing power to his tomb.

    Some Jewish Witnesses For Christ Rev. A. Bernstein, B.D.
  • And when he was possessed of a title he was revered because of that title, or the title itself was revered.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug Joseph C. Lincoln
  • The dutiful son moistened a linen cloth with the liquid, and, absorbed in prayer, he anointed the revered face.

  • A man has a right to be employed, to be trusted, to be loved, to be revered.

    Essays, Second Series Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Her diploma came just before she passed to her eternal home, and her memory will ever be revered in our circle.

    The Chautauquan, Vol. III, March 1883 The Chautauquan Literary and Scientific Circle
British Dictionary definitions for revered


(transitive) to be in awe of and respect deeply; venerate
Derived Forms
reverable, adjective
reverer, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin reverēri, from re- + verērī to fear, be in awe of


Paul. 1735–1818, American patriot and silversmith, best known for his night ride on April 18, 1775, to warn the Massachusetts colonists of the coming of the British troops
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Word Origin and History for revered



1660s, from French révérer, from Latin revereri "revere, fear" (see reverence (n.), which also was the earlier form of the verb). Related: Revered; revering.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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