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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [uh-dawr, uh-dohr]
    • /əˈdɔr, əˈdoʊr/
    • /əˈdɔːr/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-dawr, uh-dohr]
    • /əˈdɔr, əˈdoʊr/

Definitions of adore word

  • verb adore If you adore someone, you feel great love and admiration for them. 3
  • verb adore If you adore something, you like it very much. 3
  • verb adore to love intensely or deeply 3
  • verb adore to worship (a god) with religious rites 3
  • verb adore to like very much 3
  • verb transitive adore to worship as divine 3

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Origin of adore

First appearance:

before 1275
One of the 13% oldest English words
1275-1325; < Latin adōrāre to speak to, pray, worship, equivalent to ad- ad- + ōrāre to speak, beg (see oral); replacing Middle English aour(i)e < Old French aourer < Latin

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Parts of speech for Adore


adore 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".

adore usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for adore

verb adore

  • fall for — to drop or descend under the force of gravity, as to a lower place through loss or lack of support.
  • revere — to regard with respect tinged with awe; venerate: The child revered her mother.
  • admire — If you admire someone or something, you like and respect them very much.
  • cherish — If you cherish something such as a hope or a pleasant memory, you keep it in your mind for a long period of time.
  • idolize — to regard with blind adoration, devotion, etc.

Antonyms for adore

verb adore

  • 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.
  • castigate — If you castigate someone or something, you speak to them angrily or criticize them severely.
  • condemn — If you condemn something, you say that it is very bad and unacceptable.

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