from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To regard with pleasure, wonder, and approval.
- transitive v. To have a high opinion of; esteem or respect.
- transitive v. Chiefly New England & Upper Southern U.S. To enjoy (something): "I just admire to get letters, but I don't admire to answer them” ( Dialect Notes).
- transitive v. Archaic To marvel or wonder at.
- intransitive v. New England & Upper Southern U.S. To marvel at something. Often used with at.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To be amazed at.
- v. To regard with wonder and delight.
- v. to look upon with an elevated feeling of pleasure, as something which calls out approbation, esteem, love or reverence;
- v. to estimate or prize highly; as, to admire a person of high moral worth, to admire a landscape.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To regard with wonder or astonishment; to view with surprise; to marvel at.
- transitive v. To regard with wonder and delight; to look upon with an elevated feeling of pleasure, as something which calls out approbation, esteem, love, or reverence; to estimate or prize highly.
- intransitive v. To wonder; to marvel; to be affected with surprise; -- sometimes with at.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To regard with wonder or surprise; wonder or marvel at: formerly used literally, but now chiefly in an ironical or sarcastic sense, with reference to meaning 2: as, I admire your audacity.
- To regard with wonder mingled with approbation, esteem, reverence, or affection; feel admiration for; take pleasure in the beauty or qualities of; look on or contemplate with pleasure.
- To wonder; be affected with surprise; marvel: sometimes with at.
- To feel or express admiration.
- To feel pleasure; be pleased: as, I should admire to go.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. feel admiration for
- v. look at with admiration
French admirer, from Old French amirer, from Latin admīrārī, to wonder at : ad-, ad- + mīrārī, to wonder (from mīrus, wonderful; see smei- in Indo-European roots).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French admirer, from Latin admīror, from ad + mīror ("wonder at"). (Wiktionary)