- 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.
transitive verbadmired, admiring
- 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 of admireOld French admirer ; from Classical Latin admirari ; from ad-, at + mirari, to wonder: see miracle
verbad·mired, ad·mir·ing, ad·mires
- To regard with pleasure, wonder, and approval: admired the sculptures at the art museum.
- To have a high opinion of; esteem or respect: I admired her ability as a violinist.
- Chiefly New England & Upper Southern US 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.
verb, intransitive New England & Upper Southern US
Origin of admireFrench 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).
(third-person singular simple present admires, present participle admiring, simple past and past participle admired)