Definition of venerate in English:



  • Regard with great respect; revere.

    ‘Philip of Beverley was venerated as a saint’
    • ‘Paintings on each column bordering the central nave depict saints who were venerated in medieval times.’
    • ‘His body was later taken to Whitby abbey, where he was venerated as a saint.’
    • ‘Creation's magnificence leads us to such foundational religious concepts as respecting the stranger, venerating God, and so on.’
    • ‘In effect, her job was simply to be Dawn Fraser, be inspiring to all those young Olympians who had grown up venerating her name.’
    • ‘Broadway is a strange beast: a Medea that kills its young while venerating the venerable.’
    • ‘I think about that as I watch hordes of people venerating the body of John Paul.’
    • ‘It is in your nature to be worshipped and venerated by those around you.’
    • ‘Today, pilgrims travel to Sergiyev Posad to venerate the saint's relics, and 300 seminarians study theology there.’
    • ‘While venerating an iron milepost we were persuaded by a couple of local ladies to try the pub.’
    • ‘The all-rounder held him to be his most talented student; in turn Duleep venerated him.’
    • ‘Hinduism asserts that all ways of belief are equally valid, and Hindus readily venerate the saints, and the sacred objects, of other faiths.’
    • ‘Poland is the only country in Europe outside France herself where Napoleon is still venerated as a hero.’
    • ‘They worship and venerate their own, but turn on players of the other side.’
    • ‘Of all the saints venerated by the French in the nineteenth century, Mary was the most prominent.’
    • ‘Saint Susanna has been venerated primarily in Rome, where she has a church dedicated to her.’
    • ‘So, who were those multitudes venerating the relics of St Therese in Ireland last month?’
    • ‘Big corporations tend to treat venerated logos with deep respect.’
    • ‘And everyone knows also that Sinn Féin, to the extent that it is separate from the IRA, not merely respects but venerates the military wing.’
    • ‘A Ladahki monk who had been venerating the statue picked his way past the ladies as if through a patch of thistles.’
    • ‘She has been one of the most venerated saints of the modern era.’
    revere, reverence, respect, worship, adulate, hallow, deify, idolize, hold sacred, exalt, honour, esteem, look up to, think highly of, pay homage to, pay tribute to
    adore, praise, extol, aggrandize, lionize, hold in awe, stand in awe of, marvel at, value
    put on a pedestal
    magnify, laud
    revered, respected, esteemed, honoured
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Early 17th century (earlier ( Middle English) as veneration): from Latin venerat- adored, revered, from the verb venerari.