Definition of adore verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    adore

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//əˈdɔː(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈdɔːr//
     
    (not used in the progressive tenses)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they adore
    BrE BrE//əˈdɔː(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈdɔːr//
     
    he / she / it adores
    BrE BrE//əˈdɔːz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈdɔːrz//
     
    past simple adored
    BrE BrE//əˈdɔːd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈdɔːrd//
     
    past participle adored
    BrE BrE//əˈdɔːd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈdɔːrd//
     
    -ing form adoring
    BrE BrE//əˈdɔːrɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈdɔːrɪŋ//
     
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  1. 1adore somebody to love somebody very much It's obvious that she adores him. Synonymslovelike be fond of somebody adore be devoted to somebody care for somebody dote on somebodyThese words all mean to have feelings of love or affection for somebody.love to have strong feelings of affection for somebody:I love you.like to find somebody pleasant and enjoy being with them:She’s nice. I like her.be fond of somebody to feel affection for somebody, especially somebody you have known for a long time:I’ve always been very fond of your mother.adore to love somebody very much:It’s obvious that she adores him.be devoted to somebody to love somebody very much and be loyal to them:They are devoted to their children.care for somebody to love somebody, especially in a way that is based on strong affection or a feeling of wanting to protect them, rather than sex:He cared for her more than she realized. Care for somebody is often used when somebody has not told anyone about their feelings or is just starting to be aware of them. It is also used when somebody wishes that somebody loved them, or doubts that somebody does:If he really cared for you, he wouldn’t behave like that.dote on somebody to feel and show great love for somebody, ignoring their faults:He dotes on his children.Patterns to really love/​like/​adore/​care for/​dote on somebody to be really/​genuinely fond of/​devoted to somebody to love/​like/​care for somebody very much See related entries: Love
  2. 2(informal) to like something very much adore something I simply adore his music! Don’t you just adore that dress! adore doing something She adores working with children. Synonymslikelove be fond of be keen on something adoreThese words all mean to find something pleasant, attractive or satisfactory, or to enjoy something.like to find something pleasant, attractive or satisfactory; to enjoy something:Do you like their new house? I like to see them enjoying themselves.love to like or enjoy something very much:He loved the way she smiled.be fond of something to like or enjoy something, especially something you have liked or enjoyed for a long time:We were fond of the house and didn’t want to leave.be keen on something (British Englishinformal) (often used in negative statements) to like or enjoy something:I’m not keen on spicy food. She’s not keen on being told what to do.adore (informal) to like or enjoy something very much:She adores working with children.love or adore? Adore is more informal than love, and is used to express a stronger feeling.Patterns to like/​love/​be fond of/​be keen on/​adore doing something to like/​love to do something to like/​love something very much I like/​love/​adore it here/​there/​when… to like/​love/​adore the way somebody does something to really like/​love/​adore somebody/​something to be really fond of/​keen on something
  3. Word Origin late Middle English: via Old French from Latin adorare ‘to worship’, from ad- ‘to’ + orare ‘speak, pray’.
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