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

     

    honour

     verb
    (especially US English honor)verb
    BrE BrE//ˈɒnə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɑːnər//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they honour
    BrE BrE//ˈɒnə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɑːnər//
     
    he / she / it honours
    BrE BrE//ˈɒnəz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɑːnərz//
     
    past simple honoured
    BrE BrE//ˈɒnəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɑːnərd//
     
    past participle honoured
    BrE BrE//ˈɒnəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɑːnərd//
     
    -ing form honouring
    BrE BrE//ˈɒnərɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɑːnərɪŋ//
     
     
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    show respect
  1. 1honour somebody (with something) to do something that shows great respect for somebody/something The President honoured us with a personal visit. our honoured guests (ironic) I'm glad to see that you've decided to honour us with your presence!
  2. give award
  3. 2honour somebody/something (with something) (for something) to give public praise, an award or a title to somebody for something they have done He has been honoured with a knighthood for his scientific work. She has never been properly honoured in her own country. The town has honoured his bravery by erecting a memorial.
  4. keep promise
  5. 3honour something (formal) to do what you have agreed or promised to do I have every intention of honouring our contract. to honour a cheque (= to keep an agreement to pay it) She is determined to honour her husband’s dying wish. They have failed to honour the peace agreement.
  6. Word Origin Middle English: from Old French onor (noun), onorer (verb), from Latin honos, honor.Extra examples The council could be forced to honour the contracts. The republic has failed to honour a peace agreement signed a year ago. She is determined to honour her husband’s dying wish. The bank refused to honour the cheque.Idioms
    be/feel honoured (to do something)
     
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    to feel proud and happy I was honoured to have been mentioned in his speech. ‘Would you be my best man?’ ‘I’d be honoured.’ See related entries: Proud