Definition of awe in US English:

awe

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’
    ‘his staff members are in awe of him’
    • ‘He was in awe of China and pleaded that if India should progress it should learn a lesson or two from the communist regime.’
    • ‘They were in awe of Brazil - or at least in awe of the myth of Brazilian football.’
    • ‘Yet he was in awe of the young soldiers, many of whom have suffered debilitating injuries.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘For all his confidence, in a strange way he was in awe of some of the senior players and their experiences.’
    • ‘Colin was in awe of the city and loved the view of the life he wished to live.’
    • ‘Solitude: the word brings forth both hope and expectation of joy, fear and awe.’
    • ‘No doubt I was in awe of him, but in any case I didn't really get to connect with him as a person.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘My feelings of annoyance quickly faded away and were replaced with feelings of awe and respect.’
    • ‘Antarctica is indifferent to humans, but we humans are in awe of Antarctica.’
    • ‘No doubt they were in awe of her wonderful creation, not that she could blame them.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I can only gaze with wonder and awe at the depths and heights of our psychic nature.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘Just maybe we can confront our place with awe and admiration, respect and veneration.’
    • ‘Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I am thinking of awe, reverence, respect and emotions too deep for words.’
    • ‘She wondered what it felt like to have that kind of passion and was in awe of their desire to get the job done.’
    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 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      charisma, glamour, romance, mystery, fascination, magic, spell, charm, appeal, allure
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verb

[with object]usually be awed
  • Inspire with awe.

    ‘they were both awed by the vastness of the forest’
    • ‘Neither of those buildings could be described as traditional - the Empire State Building awes you with its mass, not its subtle detail.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Be awed by the untouched vastness of some of the oldest mountains on the planet.’
    • ‘The huge bell with its gigantic crack always awes visitors.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Inside the Abbey it was impossible not to feel awed by the history and the weight of what it means to be English.’
    • ‘One of the things about Hal was you got a feeling he was awed by your talent.’
    • ‘At the Metropolitan she awes nobody as the goddess of War.’
    • ‘But I'm awed by their desire to chronicle these experiences in such detail.’
    • ‘Once inside the park, you will be awed by the sheer scale and beauty of your surroundings.’
    • ‘Everyone was awed by the moral implications of mass murder on such a grand scale.’
    • ‘As a struggling artist, this kind of thing inspires me and awes me.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I didn't remember them being so vast, but was awed by the beauty of the fields of green and gentle rolling hills.’
    • ‘We inspect the deck cabin of newfound friends and are awed by its spaciousness.’
    • ‘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.’
    filled with wonder, wonderstruck, awestruck, amazed, filled with amazement, astonished, filled with astonishment, lost for words, open-mouthed
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Origin

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

Pronunciation

awe

/ɔ//ô/