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ad·mire

 (ăd-mīr′)
v. ad·mired, ad·mir·ing, ad·mires
v.tr.
1. To regard with pleasure, wonder, and approval: admired the sculptures at the art museum.
2. To have a high opinion of; esteem or respect: I admired her ability as a violinist.
3. Chiefly New England & Upper Southern US To enjoy (something): "I just admire to get letters, but I don't admire to answer them" (Dialect Notes).
4. Archaic To marvel or wonder at.
v.intr. New England & Upper Southern US
To marvel at something. Often used with at.

[French admirer, from Old French amirer, from Latin admīrārī, to wonder at : ad-, ad- + mīrārī, to wonder (from mīrus, wonderful; see smei- in Indo-European roots).]

ad·mir′er n.
ad·mir′ing·ly adv.

admire

(ədˈmaɪə)
vb (tr)
1. to regard with esteem, respect, approval, or pleased surprise
2. archaic to wonder at
[C16: from Latin admīrāri to wonder at, from ad- to, at + mīrāri to wonder, from mīrus wonderful]
adˈmirer n
adˈmiring adj
adˈmiringly adv

ad•mire

(ædˈmaɪər)

v. -mired, -mir•ing. v.t.
1. to regard with pleasure or approval, often mixed with wonder.
2. to regard highly; respect; esteem.
3. to regard with wonder or surprise.
v.i.
4. to feel or express admiration.
5. Dial. to take pleasure; like or desire: I would admire to go.
[1580–90; < Latin admīrārī=ad- ad- + mīrārī to wonder at, admire]
ad•mir′ing•ly, adv.

admire

- Can mean "to wonder at, to be slightly surprised."
See also related terms for wonder.

admire


Past participle: admired
Gerund: admiring

Imperative
admire
admire
Present
I admire
you admire
he/she/it admires
we admire
you admire
they admire
Preterite
I admired
you admired
he/she/it admired
we admired
you admired
they admired
Present Continuous
I am admiring
you are admiring
he/she/it is admiring
we are admiring
you are admiring
they are admiring
Present Perfect
I have admired
you have admired
he/she/it has admired
we have admired
you have admired
they have admired
Past Continuous
I was admiring
you were admiring
he/she/it was admiring
we were admiring
you were admiring
they were admiring
Past Perfect
I had admired
you had admired
he/she/it had admired
we had admired
you had admired
they had admired
Future
I will admire
you will admire
he/she/it will admire
we will admire
you will admire
they will admire
Future Perfect
I will have admired
you will have admired
he/she/it will have admired
we will have admired
you will have admired
they will have admired
Future Continuous
I will be admiring
you will be admiring
he/she/it will be admiring
we will be admiring
you will be admiring
they will be admiring
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been admiring
you have been admiring
he/she/it has been admiring
we have been admiring
you have been admiring
they have been admiring
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been admiring
you will have been admiring
he/she/it will have been admiring
we will have been admiring
you will have been admiring
they will have been admiring
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been admiring
you had been admiring
he/she/it had been admiring
we had been admiring
you had been admiring
they had been admiring
Conditional
I would admire
you would admire
he/she/it would admire
we would admire
you would admire
they would admire
Past Conditional
I would have admired
you would have admired
he/she/it would have admired
we would have admired
you would have admired
they would have admired
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.admire - feel admiration foradmire - feel admiration for      
esteem, respect, value, prise, prize - regard highly; think much of; "I respect his judgement"; "We prize his creativity"
envy - feel envious towards; admire enviously
look down on - regard with contempt; "the new neighbor looks down on us because our house is very modest"
2.admire - look at with admirationadmire - look at with admiration    
look - perceive with attention; direct one's gaze towards; "She looked over the expanse of land"; "Look at your child!"; "Look--a deer in the backyard!"

admire

verb
1. respect, value, prize, honoured, praise, appreciate, esteem, approve of, revere, venerate, big up (slang, chiefly Caribbean), take your hat off to, have a good or high opinion of, think highly of He admired the way she had coped with life.
respect despise, scorn, spurn, undervalue, deride, look down on, sneer at, contemn, look down your nose at (informal), misprize
2. adore, like, love, desire, take to, go for, fancy (Brit. informal), treasure, worship, cherish, glorify, look up to, dote on, hold dear, be captivated by, have an eye for, find attractive, idolize, take a liking to, be infatuated with, be enamoured of, lavish affection on I admired her when I first met her and I still think she's marvellous.
3. marvel at, look at, appreciate, delight in, gaze at, wonder at, be amazed by, take pleasure in, gape at, be awed by, goggle at, be filled with surprise by We took time to stop and admire the view.

admire

verb
1. To regard with great pleasure or approval:
2. To have a high opinion of:
Idioms: look up to, think highly of.
Translations
يُعْجَبُ بِـيُعْجَب بِيَنْظُر بِإعْجَاب
obdivovat
beundre
ihailla
diviti se
csodálmegcsodál
dá, dást aîdást aî
感心する
칭찬하다
garbintojasgerbėjaskupinas susižavėjimopuikiaisu susižavėjimu
apbrīnot
občudovati
beundra
ชื่นชม
hayran hayran bakmakhayran olmakhayranlık duymaktakdir etmek
ngưỡng mộ

admire

[ədˈmaɪəʳ] VT (gen) → admirar; (= express admiration for) → elogiar
she was admiring herself in the mirrorse estaba admirando en el espejo

admire

[ədˈmaɪər] vt [+ person] → admirer; [+ view] → admirer; [+ courage, honesty, professionalism] → admirer
I admire your courage → J'admire votre courage.

admire

vtbewundern

admire

[ədˈmaɪəʳ] vtammirare
she was admiring herself in the mirror → si rimirava allo or davanti allo specchio

admire

(ədˈmaiə) verb
1. to look at with great pleasure and often to express this pleasure. I've just been admiring your new car.
2. to have a very high opinion of (something or someone). I admire John's courage.
ˈadmirable (ˈӕdmə-) adjective
extremely good. His behaviour during the riot was admirable.
ˈadmirably (ˈӕdmə-) adverb
extremely well. He's admirably suited to the job.
admiration (ӕdmiˈreiʃən) noun
They were filled with admiration at the team's performance.
adˈmirer noun
1. one who admires (someone or something). He is an admirer of Mozart.
2. a man who is attracted by a particular woman. She has many admirers.
adˈmiring adjective
an admiring glance.
adˈmiringly adverb

admire

يُعْجَبُ بِـ obdivovat beundre bewundern θαυμάζω admirar ihailla admirer diviti se ammirare 感心する 칭찬하다 bewonderen beundre podziwiać admirar восхищаться beundra ชื่นชม hayranlık duymak ngưỡng mộ 羡慕
References in classic literature ?
I didn't day anything about his eyes, and I don't see why you need fire up when I admire his riding.
I have a desire to make you admire me, that's a fact.
Sometimes I went south to visit our German neighbours and to admire their catalpa grove, or to see the big elm tree that grew up out of a deep crack in the earth and had a hawk's nest in its branches.
During his short conference, Heyward, finding a respite from his gravest fears, had leisure to admire the cautious manner in which the Hurons had made their approaches, even after hostilities had ceased.
Then, with all the marks of a deliberation that must have seemed magnificent had there been anyone to admire it, I laid down my book, rose to my feet, and, taking a candle, went straight out of the room and, from the passage, on which my light made little impression, noiselessly closed and locked the door.
that common highway all over dented with the marks of slavish heels and hoofs; and turned me to admire the magnanimity of the sea which will permit no records.
I was obliged to admire my cuteness in foreseeing this very thing and swapping trees to beat it.
The amphitheatre was packed, from the bull-ring to the highest row - twelve thousand people in one circling mass, one slanting, solid mass - royalties, nobles, clergy, ladies, gentlemen, state officials, generals, admirals, soldiers, sailors, lawyers, thieves, merchants, brokers, cooks, housemaids, scullery-maids, doubtful women, dudes, gamblers, beggars, loafers, tramps, American ladies, gentlemen, preachers, English ladies, gentlemen, preachers, German ditto, French ditto, and so on and so on, all the world represented: Spaniards to admire and praise, foreigners to enjoy and go home and find fault - there they were, one solid, sloping, circling sweep of rippling and flashing color under the downpour of the summer sun - just a garden, a gaudy, gorgeous flower-garden
Everybody stopped to admire our costumes and give us a hearty "Pleasant march to you
Wilson took the fingerprints, labeled them with the names and with the date-- October the first--put them carefully away, and continued his chat with Roxy, who seemed very anxious that he should admire the great advance in flesh and beauty which the babes had made since he took their fingerprints a month before.
On Thanksgiving the lamp arrived in a large packing box, and was taken out and set up by See- saw Simpson, who suddenly began to admire and respect the business ability of his sisters.
Most gentlemen would admire her, I thought; and that he DID admire her, I already seemed to have obtained proof: to remove the last shade of doubt, it remained but to see them together.