to regard with the utmost esteem, love, and respect; honor.
to pay divine honor to; worship:
to adore g-d.
to like or admire very much:
i simply adore the way your hair is done!
to worship.
contemporary examples

she adores feeding the horses an apple, or even a wedge of cheese.
working in the royal archives and dreaming up a novel tom sykes october 15, 2012

though walker says she adores her picturesque home in hawaii, she is considering returning to a world filled with more people.
rebecca walker’s ‘black cool’ promotes the non-material side of black culture allison samuels february 3, 2012

and because he adores obscure imported ales, cycling while sloshed felt pretty familiar, too.
biking while drunk anneli rufus october 14, 2010

he strokes the photocopier; he adores the machine, the way it flashes like lightning as it works, the way it whirs and hums.
an excerpt from between the -ss-ssinations aravind adiga june 9, 2009

until tomorrow then, know that there is one person in the world who adores and worships you still.
what ruth told bernie jane hitchc-ck august 13, 2009

historical examples

she adores him, but her standard of perfection is so exalted few can attain it.
ernest linwood caroline lee hentz

he adores her, and he’d kill everybody if he could, when he sees her go supperless to bed.
the three cities trilogy, complete emile zola

if he p-ss at a four-cross-way an anointed stone, he pours oil on it, kneels down, and adores it.
scientific essays and lectures charles kingsley

he cannot doubt the woman he adores: for he adores her because he believes and has proved her to be above all doubt.
henry dunbar m. e. braddon

grace is lovelier than ever, and blissfully happy in the husband she adores, and two lovely children.
put yourself in his place charles reade

(transitive) to love intensely or deeply
to worship (a god) with religious rites
(transitive) (informal) to like very much: i adore chocolate

late 14c., aouren, “to worship, pay divine honors to, bow down before,” from old french aorer “to adore, worship, praise” (10c.), from latin adorare “speak to formally, beseech, ask in prayer,” in late latin “to worship,” from ad- “to” (see ad-) + orare “speak formally, pray” (see orator). meaning “to honor very highly” is attested from 1590s; weakened sense of “to be very fond of” emerged by 1880s. related: adored; adoring.

to worship; to express reverence and homage. the forms of adoration among the jews were putting off the shoes (ex. 3:5; josh. 5:15), and prostration (gen. 17:3; ps. 95:6; isa. 44:15, 17, 19; 46:6). to “kiss the son” in ps. 2:12 is to adore and worship him. (see dan. 3:5, 6.) the word itself does not occur in scripture.

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