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

  • transitive verb To regard with deep respect or reverence. synonym: revere.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To regard with respect and reverence; treat as hallowed; revere; reverence.
  • Synonyms Worship, Reverence, etc. See adore.

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

  • transitive verb To regard with reverential respect; to honor with mingled respect and awe; to reverence; to revere.

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

  • verb transitive To treat with great respect and deference.
  • verb transitive To revere or hold in awe.

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

  • verb regard with feelings of respect and reverence; consider hallowed or exalted or be in awe of


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

[Latin venerārī, venerāt-, to venerate, from venus, vener-, love, desire; see wen- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin venerātus, perfect passive participle of veneror (worship, reverence).


Help support Wordnik (and make this page ad-free) by adopting the word venerate.


  • All-Pure Mother of God, and in faith we hold in honour and venerate σαρξ) is the Greek word for "flesh".

    Sarx 2009

  • Was Mitt Romney rejected by the same people that "venerate" Michelle Obama?

    Dan Agin: Michelle Obama and the Poison of National Review 2008

  • Of course Catholics say they don't do this - they simply "venerate" Mary and if this were so, then there is really little between Catholic and Protestant theologically, except on the middle-man status of the confessional.

    Archive 2008-04-01 2008

  • I don't know that I "venerate" the Constitution, but I most certainly do oppose tinkering with it in the name of "updating".

    "A 'bill of particulars' against the Constitution." Ann Althouse 2006

  • Since the Bible doesn't enjoin us to "venerate" Mary in the way that Catholics do, the fact that we refrain from so doing is hardly "unbiblical."

    Triablogue 2009

  • We 'venerate' our parents in some sense, but not in the same sense that we 'venerate' God.

    Triablogue 2009

  • Laws of Manu or the Analects does not mean that I "venerate" European high culture; it just means that I know the origins of our regulative political ideals, and I think students should come broadly to know them, too -- and, since you persist in obscuring the point, it means that if emphasis on political correctness and multiculturalism in high school textbooks of history or politics, etc., is interfering with the acquisition of that knowledge, then that emphasis is pernicious. | Top Stories 2010

  • I hope, however, in my ministerial office to do impartial justice to a man whose talents I admired, whose virtues I venerate, and whose untimely death I shall always deplore.

    Letter 388 2009

  • Yes, the entrepreneurs we are taught to venerate have been key to all this, but dig a little deeper and you soon find that most of their oil was on public lands, their technology nurtured or invented thanks to government-sponsored R&D, or supported by excellent public infrastructure and the possibility of hiring well-educated workers produced by a heavily subsidized higher-education system.

    Christian Parenti: Why Climate Change Will Make You Love Big Government Christian Parenti 2012

  • For example, the moment when the recent great Australia team first began to openly venerate and quail before the baggy green cap, tearful with galvanising hat-love.

    Colonial promiscuity in danger of diluting test cricket's pleasures | Barney Ronay 2011


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.

  • verb: to respect deeply

    The professor, despite his sleep-inducing lectures, was venerated amongst his colleagues, publishing more papers yearly than all of his peers combined.

    October 11, 2016