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to regard with the utmost esteem, love, and respect; honor.
to pay divine honor to; worship:
to adore God.
to like or admire very much:
I simply adore the way your hair is done!
to worship.
Contemporary Examples

She has a personality that shines so bright … I adore fatal beauties.
16 Questions for the ‘Real-Life Barbie,’ Valeria Lukyanova Anna Nemtsova August 4, 2013

To stick around any longer—as much as I adore Rust and Marty and the whole Carcosa mystery—would have broken the spell.
‘True Detective’ Finale Review: Close to Perfection Andrew Romano March 9, 2014

Now, as she divorces her husband, Tom Sykes explains why we adore watching Hurley fall in and out of love.
Why We Adore Liz Hurley’s Love Life Tom Sykes April 5, 2011

Perhaps this is why I adore the Ames Hotel, which is part of Morgans.
Gal With a Suitcase Jolie Hunt March 19, 2010

Also, I adore the devastating footnotes, wherein he eviscerates (decorously) his wayward predecessor, Andrew Field.
Blake Bailey: How I Write Noah Charney March 19, 2013

Historical Examples

The gods,” answered Hippias; “for the first command to all men is to adore the gods.
The Memorable Thoughts of Socrates Xenophon

I adore having people come to see me, and I detest going to see them.
My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt

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

Bless her and adore her, for she is your only friend and support on earth.
The Unknown Life of Jesus Christ Nicolas Notovitch

Great rishis and ancestors await upon Yama, King of the Pitris (fathers), and adore him.
Indian Myth and Legend Donald Alexander Mackenzie

(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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