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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ad-mahyuh r]
    • /ædˈmaɪər/
    • /ədˈmaɪə(r)/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ad-mahyuh r]
    • /ædˈmaɪər/

Definitions of admire word

  • verb admire If you admire someone or something, you like and respect them very much. 3
  • verb admire If you admire someone or something, you look at them with pleasure. 3
  • verb admire to regard with esteem, respect, approval, or pleased surprise 3
  • verb admire to wonder at 3
  • verb transitive admire to regard with wonder, delight, and pleased approval 3
  • verb transitive admire to have high regard for 3

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Origin of admire

First appearance:

before 1580
One of the 35% oldest English words
1580-90; < Latin admīrārī, equivalent to ad- ad- + mīrārī (in Medieval Latin mīrāre) to wonder at, admire

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Parts of speech for Admire


admire popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 87% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

admire usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for admire

verb admire

  • prize — leverage.
  • applaud — When a group of people applaud, they clap their hands in order to show approval, for example when they have enjoyed a play or concert.
  • treasure — wealth or riches stored or accumulated, especially in the form of precious metals, money, jewels, or plate.
  • appreciate — If you appreciate something, for example a piece of music or good food, you like it because you recognize its good qualities.
  • laud — to praise; extol.

Antonyms for admire

verb admire

  • blame — If you blame a person or thing for something bad, you believe or say that they are responsible for it or that they caused it.
  • despise — If you despise something or someone, you dislike them and have a very low opinion of them.
  • dislike — to regard with displeasure, antipathy, or aversion: I dislike working. I dislike oysters.
  • hate — to dislike intensely or passionately; feel extreme aversion for or extreme hostility toward; detest: to hate the enemy; to hate bigotry.
  • disparage — to speak of or treat slightingly; depreciate; belittle: Do not disparage good manners.

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