verb (used with object), ad·mired, ad·mir·ing.
- to regard with wonder, pleasure, or approval.
- to regard with wonder or surprise (usually used ironically or sarcastically): I admire your audacity.
verb (used without object), ad·mired, ad·mir·ing.
- to feel or express admiration.
- 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.
- to regard with esteem, respect, approval, or pleased surprise
- archaic to wonder at
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.