Definition of adore in English:



  • 1Love and respect (someone) deeply.

    ‘he adored his mother’
    • ‘In this way Father Frost became a dearly loved and adored character among Bulgarian children.’
    • ‘He adores you, loves you more than anyone, anything.’
    • ‘Not that she minded very much; Kimmy was her daughter too and she loved and adored her.’
    • ‘We love and adore Elizabeth, and she's doing very well right now.’
    • ‘While the people who saw him when he was first born adored him, their love for him has become so much greater now that he's developed his own personality.’
    • ‘I asked her if you loved - adored me, but she could not say.’
    • ‘In the US, there's a lot of people who love and adore her, but equally there are probably those that don't like her.’
    • ‘She was very close to Lillie and spoke of her aunt warmly as a patient and loving person who adored her and her brothers.’
    • ‘Mam loved people, adored God and family and always wanted the other person, whether family or friend to have half of whatever she had.’
    • ‘It seemed that at Queensmead he was adored and loved where ever he went, and by many different year groups, not just our own.’
    • ‘‘They want something to love and babies adore you,’ she said.’
    • ‘He loved people, adored our friends and was the life of any party we had at home.’
    • ‘I loved her, adored her and what she represented.’
    • ‘My mother adored me, and of course my father loved me as well.’
    • ‘He loves and adores you and you love him in return.’
    • ‘Act one centers on six year old Zac, a quiet, loving boy who adores his parents and fights with his brothers.’
    • ‘George adores Tom and is deeply saddened and angered when his father sells him.’
    • ‘Jeremy adores him and Brian loves spending time with him.’
    • ‘He has no enemies, everyone loves him, adores him.’
    • ‘Sully could see that the soul and heart and person behind those eyes loved him, adored him…’
    love dearly, love, be devoted to, dote on, care for, hold dear, cherish, treasure, prize, think the world of, set great store by
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    1. 1.1informal Like very much.
      ‘she adores Mexican cuisine’
      ‘a gift from an adoring fan’
      • ‘Despite being released by Carlisle United, the city's football fans still adore the shot stopper.’
      • ‘I'm still not a huge fan, but Per adored it and wants me to make it all the time now.’
      • ‘There were couples standing by the cascade in the middle of the town adoring each other and kissing every now and then.’
      • ‘Cathy Freeman's 400m victory would by itself have been enough for a crowd of 112,000 adoring Aussies.’
      • ‘Since his death, Eddie Cochran's popularity has spread beyond the fans who remember his hit records, but also to a new army of younger rock'n'roll fans who adore his music.’
      • ‘They became stars and folk icons adored by millions of fans.’
      • ‘It is difficult to overstate the adulation he enjoyed; a young man not only rich and famous but feted by his government and adored by his fans.’
      • ‘He's only 24 and throws the kind of bone-crushing punches that fans adore.’
      • ‘They're groomed, fed hearty meals, and adored by the visiting crowds.’
      • ‘He dropped out of soccer altogether at 14 after being injured in a serious car crash but now regularly plays before 32,000 adoring City fans at Maine Road.’
      • ‘And Amonte's new team, the Blackhawks, played to adoring capacity crowds every night in one of the grand old shrines of the NHL.’
      • ‘He didn't really relish the idea of staying close to a fan of his; while it was nice having fans and being adored by the multitudes, it wasn't quite so nice having fans up close.’
      • ‘As much as he's passionate about swimming, he also loves the feeling of being adored by female fans, and winning.’
      • ‘The choreography required him to roll on the floor at a time when fans adored his high leaps and sparkling technique.’
      • ‘Fans will adore it, everybody else, make up your own mind.’
      • ‘Liked, if not adored by fans, Mozegetar has proved both a marvel to listen to and watch in live shows where he exudes a certain passion for what he does.’
      • ‘They were adored by their fans and respected by their opponents.’
      • ‘The ball flew 60 yards, Ronaldo about 30, after the sort of challenge that English crowds adore as much as a clever flick.’
      • ‘He made a huge impression and was adored by home fans because he was a local boy.’
      • ‘There is a group of hardcore fans, which adores the game not bothering who the teams are.’
      like, love, have a liking for, be fond of, be keen on, be partial to, have a taste for, have a weakness for, enjoy, delight in, revel in, take pleasure in, relish, savour, rate highly, regard highly
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  • 2Worship; venerate.

    ‘he adored the Sacred Host’
    • ‘In the beginning of that book he has offered his obeisances to his different gurus, and it is to be noted that he has adored them all equally.’
    • ‘Go to Christ's cross, and trust in him; then, and not till then, will you be capable of adoring the most High God in a style in which he can accept your worship.’
    • ‘If it is to fasten attention on God and to adore and praise Him and have communion with Him, it is obvious the worship must be God-centered.’
    • ‘In worship we adore the Triune God of creation and redemption and He gives Himself in the fullness of grace to His people.’
    • ‘‘Spirit’ refers to the motive and driving energy which inspires and compels people to adore deity.’
    • ‘Apart from the Vaishnavas' Vishnu, Shaivites Shiva and Shakta's Devi there are three more godheads that are adored.’
    • ‘Worship and adore the Guru, the Perfect True Guru, and all your sinful residues shall be dispelled.’
    • ‘Now, having inspired the entire neighborhood to renovate Her shrine, Mariamman has settled into a peaceful and much adored life.’
    • ‘For me, it's the chance to worship Mary and adore her as the Creator of Almighty God that is so appealing.’
    • ‘Being omnipresent, you are constantly watched by those who adore you, worship you and serve you.’
    • ‘This is why many of us when we come to India, have difficulty with the way Hindus adore Gods in the forms of statues.’
    • ‘Along with the Vedas, Upanishads, and the Brahma Sutras, the Gita is adored as the most important scripture of ancient India.’
    • ‘The prize was some small comprehension of the worship of a people, unique because the God it adored and glorified was unique.’
    • ‘We do better to adore the mysteries of Deity than to investigate them.’
    • ‘The Word for me is a living Word, it is adored as the key to the journey of spirituality, the experience of being alive in Christ is coming through a testimony of the Word.’
    • ‘Most Hindus revere and adore the many manifestations of the Divine as Siva, Vishnu, Rama, Krishna or Durga even as they focus on an ishta devata, a favorite Deity.’
    • ‘So many Christian visions of heaven, in art and literature, portray angels and saints doing nothing but adoring and praising God's name.’
    • ‘For your resurrection that sets us free, I worship and adore you.’
    • ‘It's still not idolatry, of course, because the Eucharist is Jesus Christ and he deserves to be worshiped and adored.’
    worship, glorify, praise, revere, reverence, exalt, laud, extol, esteem, venerate, pay homage to, pay tribute to
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Late Middle English: via Old French from Latin adorare ‘to worship’, from ad- ‘to’ + orare ‘speak, pray’.