Definitions

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

  • transitive v. To worship as God or a god.
  • transitive v. To regard with deep, often rapturous love. See Synonyms at revere1.
  • transitive v. To like very much: adores mink coats.
  • intransitive v. To worship.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • 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.
  • To gild; adorn.

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

  • v. love intensely

Etymologies

Middle English adouren, from Old French adourer, from Latin adōrāre, to pray to : ad-, ad- + ōrāre, to pray.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French aorer, from Latin adoro, from ad ("to") + to speak, to pray. (Wiktionary)

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