- The definition of admire means to regard someone or something with amazement, delight and approval.
Romeo gazing at Juliet from afar is an example of admire.
- to regard with wonder, delight, and pleased approval
- to have high regard for
- ☆ Dialectal to like or wish: with an infinitive object: I'd admire to go along
- Archaic to marvel at
Origin: Old French admirer ; from Classical Latin admirari ; from ad-, at plush mirari, to wonder: see miracle
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verb ad·mired, ad·mir·ing, ad·mires verb, transitive
- To regard with pleasure, wonder, and approval.
- To have a high opinion of; esteem or respect.
- 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).
- Archaic To marvel or wonder at.
Origin: French admirer, from Old French amirer, from Latin admīrārī, to wonder at : ad-, ad- + mīrārī, to wonder (from mīrus, wonderful; see smei- in Indo-European roots).
- ad·mirˈer noun
- ad·mirˈing·ly adverb