Verb admire Definition and Examples



Definition as verb:


admire (third-person singular simple present admires, present participle admiring, simple past and past participle admired)

  1. (obsolete, transitive) To be amazed at; to view with surprise; to marvel at.
  2. (transitive) To regard with wonder and delight.
  3. (transitive) to look upon with an elevated feeling of pleasure, as something which calls out approbation, esteem, love or reverence;
  4. (transitive) to estimate or prize highly.

More definition: regard with wonder, pleasure, or approval. regard with wonder or surprise (usually used ironically or sarcastically), I admire your audacity. feel or express admiration.

4.Dialect. to take pleasure; like or desire, I would admire to go. admiring of, Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S. to admire, He's admiring of his brother's farm.

1. to regard with esteem, respect, approval, or pleased surprise

2. (archaic) to wonder at Derived Formsadmirer, nounadmiring, adjectiveadmiringly, adverb Word OriginC16, from Latin admīrāri to wonder at, from ad- to, at + mīrāri to wonder, from mīrus wonderfulCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
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.


I admire the effort and sacrifice you put into it.

They admire you for what you have accomplished.

As he lifted the grisly pair high to admire, the wind tugged his hat off, slinging it on the sand a few feet away.

I admire your joie de vivre and am always fascinated by your perspective on life.

Kiera wiped her forehead, unable but to admire the sheen of sweat on A'Ran's wide upper body.

It was one thing to covertly admire Alex, but quite another to stand here discussing him as though he were high dollar merchandise at a low bid auction... and why was Katie so concerned?

I admire that about you.

Sometimes, but I admire his fortitude.

"When I say I admire you, I do," he said.

They were written for the public at large, but few save professed students, who can admire and value his exhaustiveness, will read the many hundreds of pages which he devotes to a short period of history.

Eureka is the sweet pet of a lovely little girl whom we all admire, and gentleness and innocence are her chief virtues.

He is my worst enemy, and yet, I admire him as the wisest man in the world.

I admire Victor Hugo--I appreciate his genius, his brilliancy, his romanticism; though he is not one of my literary passions.

As for your high towers and monuments, there was a crazy fellow once in this town who undertook to dig through to China, and he got so far that, as he said, he heard the Chinese pots and kettles rattle; but I think that I shall not go out of my way to admire the hole which he made.

My word, I admire you!

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