verb (used with object), ad·mired, ad·mir·ing.

  1. to regard with wonder, pleasure, or approval.
  2. to regard with wonder or surprise (usually used ironically or sarcastically): I admire your audacity.

verb (used without object), ad·mired, ad·mir·ing.

  1. to feel or express admiration.
  2. Dialect. to take pleasure; like or desire: I would admire to go.

  1. be admiring of, Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S. to admire: He’s admiring of his brother’s farm.

verb (tr)

  1. to regard with esteem, respect, approval, or pleased surprise
  2. 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.

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