Definition of awe in English:

awe

noun

mass noun
  • 1A feeling of reverential respect mixed with fear or wonder.

    ‘they gazed in awe at the small mountain of diamonds’
    ‘the sight filled me with awe’
    • ‘They were in awe of Brazil - or at least in awe of the myth of Brazilian football.’
    • ‘She wondered what it felt like to have that kind of passion and was in awe of their desire to get the job done.’
    • ‘For all his confidence, in a strange way he was in awe of some of the senior players and their experiences.’
    • ‘I am thinking of awe, reverence, respect and emotions too deep for words.’
    • ‘How easy is it to lose yourself and what's important to you when you meet someone who impresses you, or someone who fills you with awe, or fear?’
    • ‘I was in the Dolomites with, you know, huge, soaring mountains and the locals were in awe of some of the famous routes in Scotland.’
    • ‘Colin was in awe of the city and loved the view of the life he wished to live.’
    • ‘No doubt I was in awe of him, but in any case I didn't really get to connect with him as a person.’
    • ‘My feelings of annoyance quickly faded away and were replaced with feelings of awe and respect.’
    • ‘No doubt they were in awe of her wonderful creation, not that she could blame them.’
    • ‘All he said was how much he appreciated the comments and that he was in awe of being in the room with so many great players.’
    • ‘Antarctica is indifferent to humans, but we humans are in awe of Antarctica.’
    • ‘Maybe there were times when we were in awe of them for a short while before realising we were in those games with a chance of winning.’
    • ‘He was in awe of China and pleaded that if India should progress it should learn a lesson or two from the communist regime.’
    • ‘Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles.’
    • ‘I can only gaze with wonder and awe at the depths and heights of our psychic nature.’
    • ‘Winning the award, he says, is a measure of how far he's come since those days when he was in awe of the building and the people in it.’
    • ‘Solitude: the word brings forth both hope and expectation of joy, fear and awe.’
    • ‘Yet he was in awe of the young soldiers, many of whom have suffered debilitating injuries.’
    • ‘Just maybe we can confront our place with awe and admiration, respect and veneration.’
    wonder, wonderment, amazement, astonishment
    revere, worship, pay homage to, venerate, adulate, idolize, put on a pedestal, lionize, hero-worship, honour, love, respect
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    1. 1.1archaic Capacity to inspire awe.
      ‘is it any wonder that Christmas Eve has lost its awe?’
      • ‘Dubai retains its awe for much of the area's people, offering the traveller a multitude of reasons to visit.’
      • ‘The Home Run Derby has already lost some of its awe and eventually these new games and contests would grow old and boring as well.’
      • ‘The Metro has lost its awe, and I now feel like a true Muscovite as I monotonously ride the Metro without effort.’
      • ‘The ministry has lost its awe and power.’
      charisma, glamour, romance, mystery, fascination, magic, spell, charm, appeal, allure
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verb

[with object]
  • Inspire with awe.

    ‘they were both awed by the vastness of the forest’
    • ‘At the Metropolitan she awes nobody as the goddess of War.’
    • ‘I didn't remember them being so vast, but was awed by the beauty of the fields of green and gentle rolling hills.’
    • ‘As a struggling artist, this kind of thing inspires me and awes me.’
    • ‘I was awed by it when it was a dump, and now that it's been buffed and spiffed it's even better.’
    • ‘I am as always slightly awed by the sheer tragedy and futility of it all.’
    • ‘Made of the local red sandstone, set on raised ground, and having the highest interior of all English cathedrals, it dominates the Merseyside skyline and awes worshippers.’
    • ‘Once inside the park, you will be awed by the sheer scale and beauty of your surroundings.’
    • ‘One of the things about Hal was you got a feeling he was awed by your talent.’
    • ‘Everyone was awed by the moral implications of mass murder on such a grand scale.’
    • ‘We inspect the deck cabin of newfound friends and are awed by its spaciousness.’
    • ‘Inside the Abbey it was impossible not to feel awed by the history and the weight of what it means to be English.’
    • ‘This led her back to the start of the circle, to the blue-and-yellow macaws that had awed her when she was a child.’
    • ‘Neither of those buildings could be described as traditional - the Empire State Building awes you with its mass, not its subtle detail.’
    • ‘The huge bell with its gigantic crack always awes visitors.’
    • ‘But I'm awed by their desire to chronicle these experiences in such detail.’
    • ‘Be awed by the untouched vastness of some of the oldest mountains on the planet.’
    • ‘During the dream, I felt awed by how powerful the plot of my film was, but when I woke up I could not remember anything about it.’
    filled with wonder, wonderstruck, awestruck, amazed, filled with amazement, astonished, filled with astonishment, lost for words, open-mouthed
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Phrases

  • be (or stand) in awe of

    • Feel awe for.

      ‘his staff members are in awe of him’
      • ‘In India I am frequently in awe of the sense of personal peace in the midst of apparent turmoil.’
      • ‘I have always been in awe of the elephant - what a magnificent creature left over from the dinosaurs.’
      • ‘He said the troops were in awe of the students' courage.’
      • ‘I was very much in awe of him.’
      • ‘I used to be in awe of people who got a lot of publicity.’
      • ‘The rest of the girls sat in awe of our school hero.’
      • ‘The Labour party was still in awe of its own election victory of 1945.’
      • ‘I am in awe of Nature - her power, her whims.’
      • ‘Serenity was in awe of some of the flowers.’
      • ‘I was completely in awe of what he was doing.’
      revere, worship, pay homage to, venerate, adulate, idolize, put on a pedestal, lionize, hero-worship, honour, love, respect
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Origin

Old English ege ‘terror, dread, awe’, replaced in Middle English by forms related to Old Norse agi.

Pronunciation

awe

/ɔː/