Definition of admire in English:



  • 1 Regard with respect or warm approval.

    ‘I admire your courage’
    ‘she couldn't help but notice his admiring glance’
    • ‘Though she admires and respects many skaters from all over the world, Adélia is a big fan of Russian skaters.’
    • ‘Here was a film that I admired in some respects, but which did not stir any kind of passion in me, one way or another.’
    • ‘Will may have been the youngest on board the Louisa May, but every crewmember admired and respected him.’
    • ‘He was a good father, grandfather and friend and he was highly respected and admired by many.’
    • ‘All she is doing is supporting her belief and she should be respected and admired for that.’
    • ‘Instead he's had to content himself with knowing that writers he respects admire his work.’
    • ‘It is good for men to respect and admire them, without expecting favours or punishments from them.’
    • ‘Presumably as a teacher of law he admires and respects such contracts and declarations.’
    • ‘From what I learned from my elders he was very much admired and respected by all who knew him.’
    • ‘I want to see entrepreneurs become more admired and respected for their contribution to society.’
    • ‘He is admired by people with regard to his sporting career, but he also strikes me as a true gentleman!’
    • ‘I admire and respect them both, and they seem nice guys, but boring and bland.’
    • ‘Even then, her silent beauty had received admiring appraisals and envious glances.’
    • ‘She was very well respected and admired by most people in this Country, Canada.’
    • ‘The entire nation is proud of them and admires their courage and professionalism.’
    • ‘He quite clearly loves Europe, respecting its diversity but admiring its ambitious attempt to unify.’
    • ‘He was respected and admired by all the people, yet he still managed to be one of them.’
    • ‘I admired him for his courage and determination to see his aim achieved.’
    • ‘The passion for what they were doing was obvious and I admired their courage.’
    • ‘We have long admired the commitment and courage of Adi Roche and her fantastic team.’
    worship, adore, love, cherish, dote on, be enamoured of, be infatuated with, be taken with, be attracted to, find attractive
    applaud, praise, express admiration for, commend, approve of, express approval for, favour, look on with favour, think highly of, appreciate
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    1. 1.1Look at (something impressive or attractive) with pleasure.
      ‘we were just admiring your garden’
      • ‘Soon the Ngaere Gardens were being admired by visitors who came from far and wide.’
      • ‘How can people stop to admire our beautiful Lake District and then spoil it by leaving their litter?’
      • ‘He would turn from side to side, admiring his prize package from the reflection in the mirror.’
      • ‘Afterwards, enjoy wandering around the gardens and admiring the waterfall.’
      • ‘They are now looking forward to watching the garden blossom and admiring the fruits of their hard work.’
      • ‘The airborne action is less fluid than the rest, but at least you get to admire the impressive scenery.’
      • ‘It was hot when I woke but not so much that I couldn't enjoy a brief stroll around the garden, admiring the flowers in the sunshine.’
      • ‘The women gather near a row of flowerpots which has been set in front of one of the garden structures, discussing and admiring the blooms.’
      • ‘They made a fine impression upon all who visited them and were greatly admired.’
      • ‘We talked to one of the gardeners and admired the fruit, vegetables and, of course, the flowers.’
      • ‘One of the innovations Logan has imported from the European cities he admires is the roof garden.’
      • ‘He looked around, admiring the garden that was in bloom a couple feet away from him.’
      • ‘Penelope, 30, also admitted she is so impressed with her new muscles she can't stop admiring them.’
      • ‘The off-white walls didn't come off as much to admire, but for some reason Josie adored them.’
      • ‘How wonderful to sit eating sausage rolls in the sunshine and admiring the garden.’
      • ‘She walked along the garden edges admiring the flowers that only opened to moon light.’
      • ‘Visitor centre volunteer Eric Cowham admires autumn sycamore leaves at the Arboretum Gardens, Castle Howard.’
      • ‘The Soules are hoping Lydia comes to admire the garden for herself this weekend.’
      • ‘The mask which Jenny Pegg had won second prize with at the craft rally, was much admired.’
      • ‘The remarkable thing is that, for all its many faults, the garden is much admired.’


Late 16th century: from Latin admirari, from ad- at + mirari wonder.