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Date: 1500-1600
Language: French
Origin: admirer, from Latin admirari, from ad- 'to' + mirari 'to wonder'

admire

verb
     
ad‧mire S3 [transitive not in progressive]
1 to respect and like someone because they have done something that you think is good:
I really admire the way she brings up those kids all on her own.
admire somebody for (doing) something
Lewis was much admired for his work on medieval literature.
2 to look at something and think how beautiful or impressive it is:
We stopped halfway to admire the view.
Sal stood back to admire her work.
3

admire somebody from afar

literary to be attracted to someone, without letting them know
admired adjective:
the widely admired boss of Channel 4

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