Definition of awe noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

awe

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ɔː//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɔː//
 
Fear
 
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  • [uncountable] feelings of respect and slight fear; feelings of being very impressed by something/somebody awe and respect awe and wonder He speaks of her with awe. ‘It's magnificent,’ she whispered in awe. See related entries: Fear
  • Word Origin Old English ege ‘terror, dread, awe’, replaced in Middle English by forms related to Old Norse agi.Extra examples I stared at the clouds, in awe of their beauty. Most people hold him in some awe. They experienced a tremendous sense of awe in the cathedral. We gazed in awe at the massive building. What I mostly felt was awe at her achievement. ‘It’s magnificent,’ she whispered in awe. They gazed in awe at the beauty of the scene.Idioms
    be/stand in awe of somebody/something
     
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    to admire somebody/something and be slightly frightened of them/it While Diana was in awe of her grandfather, she adored her grandmother.
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