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Definition of admire verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they admire
    he / she / it admires
    past simple admired
    -ing form admiring
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  1. 1to respect someone for what they are or for what they have done admire somebody/something I really admire your enthusiasm. You have to admire the way he handled the situation. admire somebody/something for something The school is widely admired for its excellent teaching. admire somebody for doing something I don't agree with her, but I admire her for sticking to her principles.
  2. 2admire something to look at something and think that it is attractive and/or impressive He stood back to admire his handiwork. I've just been admiring your new car. Let's just sit and admire the view.
admiring adjective
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She was used to receiving admiring glances from men.
admiringly adverb
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See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: admire