Admire



to regard with wonder, pleasure, or approval.
to regard with wonder or surprise (usually used ironically or sarcastically):
I admire your audacity.
to feel or express .
Dialect. to take pleasure; like or desire:
I would admire to go.
be admiring of, Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S. to admire:
He’s admiring of his brother’s farm.
Contemporary Examples

Although I admire and respect Schoenfeld, in this, he is wrong.
Democracy Demands a Journalist-Source Shield Law Geoffrey R. Stone April 14, 2014

“This is not a slam on the show Girls, because I think it is a really well-done show, and I admire it immensely,” said Zuker.
‘Game of Thrones’: ‘Modern Family,’ ‘Parks and Rec’ Writers on Why They Love the HBO Drama Jace Lacob September 20, 2012

Also, we admire your ability to simultaneously flatter and condemn.
Authors Dubner and Levitt Discuss Freakonomics Daily Beast Promotions September 13, 2009

“I felt bad because I really do love the show Girls, and enjoy it, and I admire the girl who writes it,” Stern said.
Enough About Lena Dunham’s Ass! Rachel Krantz January 14, 2013

Who are some other reporters in that mold, past or contemporary, whose work you admire?
Lawrence Wright: How I Write Noah Charney May 21, 2013

Historical Examples

It would be to judge, to admire, to adore that of which we can form no idea.
Superstition In All Ages (1732) Jean Meslier

Then you will understand, and understanding, you will admire his courage.
Ancient Man Hendrik Willem van Loon

She does not admire what she calls the smoky color I bring home from London.
The Vicissitudes of Bessie Fairfax Harriet Parr

Mr. Paine did not admire Mrs. Davis, and was not likely to be influenced by her prejudices.
Brave and Bold Horatio Alger

Florence was very pretty, and it is pleasant to admire a pretty face.
Dombey and Son Charles Dickens

verb (transitive)
to regard with esteem, respect, approval, or pleased surprise
(archaic) to wonder at
v.

early 15c. (implied in admired), from Middle French admirer (Old French amirer, 14c.), or directly from Latin admirari “to wonder at” (see admiration). Related: Admiring; admiringly.

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