- 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.
admire definition by Webster's New World
- 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
admire definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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