admire definition

  • verb-transitive:
    • To regard with enjoyment, wonder, and endorsement.
    • having a top opinion of; esteem or value.
    • Chiefly Brand New The United Kingdomt & Upper Southern U.S. To Take Pleasure From (something): "I just admire to get letters, but I don't appreciate to answer all of them” ( Dialect Notes).
    • Archaic To marvel or ask yourself at.
    • To respect with question or astonishment; to see with surprise; to marvel at.
    • To view with question and delight; to check upon with a heightened sense of enjoyment, as something which calls out approbation, esteem, love, or reverence; to approximate or prize highly.
  • verb-intransitive:
    • New England & Upper Southern U.S. To marvel at anything. Usually used in combination with at.
    • To wonder; to marvel; to-be affected with shock; -- occasionally with at.
  • verb:
    • becoming amazed at.
    • To regard with question and pleasure.
    • to check upon with an elevated feeling of enjoyment, as something that calls out approbation, esteem, love or reverence;
    • to approximate or prize extremely; because, to appreciate one of large ethical well worth, to appreciate a landscape.
    • feel admiration for
    • examine with admiration
  • others:
    • To respect with wonder or surprise; wonder or marvel at: previously made use of literally, however now mainly in an ironical or sarcastic good sense, with regards to meaning 2: as, I admire your audacity.
    • To regard with wonder mingled with approbation, esteem, reverence, or love; experience admiration for; take pleasure in the sweetness or qualities of; look on or consider with pleasure.
    • To wonder; be impacted with surprise; marvel: often with at.
    • To feel or express admiration.
    • To feel pleasure; be pleased: as, I should appreciate to go.

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