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Definition of "admire" []

  • To regard with pleasure, wonder, and approval. (verb-transitive)
  • To have a high opinion of; esteem or respect. (verb-transitive)
  • Chiefly New England & Upper Southern U.S. To enjoy (something): "I just admire to get letters, but I don't admire to answer them” ( Dialect Notes). (verb-transitive)
  • Archaic To marvel or wonder at. (verb-transitive)
  • New England & Upper Southern U.S. To marvel at something. Often used with at. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "admire" in a sentence
  • "[1] I admire the _first_ sincerely, and in turn call upon you to _admire_ the following on Anacreon Moore's new operatic farce, [2] or farcical opera -- call it which you will:"
  • "In the field of fiction the book I most admire is The Great Gatsby by Fitzgerald."
  • "The metamorphous stage of turning an idea into something people can appreciate and admire is truly an art form."