• (RP) IPA: /ədˈmaɪə/
  • (GA) IPA: /ədˈmaɪɹ/

admire (admires, present participle admiring; past and past participle admired)

  1. (obsolete, transitive) To be amazed at; to view with surprise; to marvel at.
    • 1624, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy: […], 2nd edition, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Printed by John Lichfield and James Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 54573970 ↗, partition II, section 2, member 4:
      The poor fellow, admiring how he came there, was served in state all day long […].
    • 1640, Thomas Fuller, The Holy State
      examples rather to be admired than imitated
  2. (transitive) To regard with wonder and delight.
  3. (transitive) To look upon with an elevated feeling of pleasure, as something which calls out approbation, esteem, love or reverence.
  4. (transitive) To estimate or value highly; to hold in high esteem.
    to admire a person of high moral worth
    He had always admired the work ethos and family values of his friend.
    to admire a landscape
  5. (US, dialectal, rare) To be enthusiastic about (doing something); to want or like (to do something). (Sometimes followed by to.)
    • 1976, Field & Stream, page 10:
      And I'd admire seeing this creek become a sort of stopping place for geese of one sort and another.
    • 2002, Jack Jones, Iron Spur (ISBN 9780595224739), page 37:
      “I hope you do. I'd admire seeing a lot of you.” They made camp down at the creek. Will spread her blanket not too far from his. “Well, aren't you a lady's man.” “Why do you say that?”
Proper noun
  1. A city/and/town in Kansas.
  2. An unincorporated community in York County, Pennsylvania.

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