Romeo gazing at Juliet from afar is an example of admire.
transitive verb-·mired′, -·mir′ing
- to regard with wonder, delight, and pleased approval
- to have high regard for
- Dial. 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.
verbintransitive 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)