Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To worship as God or a god.
  • transitive verb To love (someone) deeply and devotedly. synonym: revere.
  • transitive verb To like very much.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To gild; adorn.
  • To worship; pay supreme reverence to; address in prayer and thanksgiving; pay divine honors to; honor as divine.
  • To honor and regard in a very high degree; regard with the utmost esteem, love, and respect.
  • Synonyms Adore, Worship, Reverence, Venerate, Revere, idolize, deify, pay homage to. Adore and worship, when not applied exclusively to God or gods, are manifestly hyperbolical: as, he worshiped the ground she trod on. The others seem literal when applied to men, places, or things. Adore and worship are applied primarily to acts and words of homage; the others are not. None of them primarily includes the idea of intercessory prayer. Adore is the noblest of the words. To worship is to pay homage by outward forms or in customary places: “A man of Ethiopia … had come to Jerusalem for to worship.” Acts viii. 27. In the Bible worship is used to express also extreme manifestations of respect paid to men: “As Peter was coming in, Cornelius met him, and fell down at his feet, and worshipped him.” Acts x. 25. Reverence is upon a plane a little different from that of venerate, there being sometimes more fear suggested by the former and more sacredness by the latter. We should reverence position, ability, and character; we should venerate old age. Revere differs from reverence chiefly in suggesting rather less solemnity or awe.
  • To perform an act of worship; be filled with adoration, reverence, or reverential admiration.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb obsolete To adorn.
  • transitive verb To worship with profound reverence; to pay divine honors to; to honor as a deity or as divine.
  • transitive verb To love in the highest degree; to regard with the utmost esteem and affection; to idolize.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To worship.
  • verb To love with one's entire heart and soul; regard with deep respect and affection.
  • verb To be very fond of.
  • verb obsolete To adorn.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb love intensely

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English adouren, from Old French adourer, from Latin adōrāre, to pray to : ad-, ad- + ōrāre, to pray.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old French aorer, from Latin adoro, from ad ("to") + to speak, to pray.

Examples

  • Sara Moulton, whom I adore, is way too scattered to be trying to talk and cook at the same time.

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  • But once she has asked pardon, he is unconditionally in adore again: "Fall not a tear, we say, a singular of them rates/All which is won as good as lost."

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  • My colleague Yael, whom I adore, is moving back to Toronto sooner than I had expected.

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  • Sara Moulton, whom I adore, is way too scattered to be trying to talk and cook at the same time.

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  • But once she has asked pardon, he is unconditionally in adore again: "Fall not a tear, we say, a singular of them rates/All which is won as good as lost."

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  • Unknown to Fauchelevent, Marius has found Cosette as good as a dual have depressed in adore with any other.

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  • What I adore is how she actually looks like Rose and Ten had a daughter.

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  • My colleague Yael, whom I adore, is moving back to Toronto sooner than I had expected.

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  • Unknown to Fauchelevent, Marius has found Cosette as good as a dual have depressed in adore with any other.

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  • And Melusine, who we all adore, is not likely to be found this side of the Atlantic anytime soon, more's the pity.

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