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
 I admire the _first_ sincerely, and in turn call upon you to _admire_ the following on Anacreon Moore's new operatic farce,  or farcical opera -- call it which you will:
In the field of fiction the book I most admire is The Great Gatsby by Fitzgerald.
The metamorphous stage of turning an idea into something people can appreciate and admire is truly an art form.
Senator John and Cindy McCain admire Freight Train, the big boar contest winner, at the Iowa State Fair.
Every single American you love and admire is an immigrant or the child of immigrants.
Another storyteller in the SF and fantasy realm whom I really admire is Orson Scott Card -- both for the Ender and the Seventh Son series.
Christy of From the Mountain Top to the Valley Floor, a mom/blogger I greatly admire, is facing a transition in her life and with it floods back a lot of raw emotion for her beautiful son, Elias and their months on the NICU roller coaster.
And then ... * boom* something I desperately needed to hear from someone I respect and admire, is His answer to me.
Pari's suggestion of posting reviews on Amazon and B&N for authors you admire is a great idea - and she's right - just don't do them on a wholesale basis else you'll appear to be merely promoting yourself.
To have someone in the family to look up to and admire is good.