American English

Definition of honor verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (honour) verb
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they honor ()honour he / she / it honors ()honours past simple honored ()honoured -ing form honoring ()honouring
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    show respect
  1. 1honor somebody (with something) to do something that shows great respect for someone or something The President honored us with a personal visit. our honored guests (ironic) I'm glad to see that you've decided to honor us with your presence!
  2. give award
  3. 2honor somebody/something (with something) (for something) to give public praise, an award, or a title to someone for something they have done He has been honored with the Nobel Prize for his scientific work. She has never been properly honored in her own country. The town has honored his bravery by erecting a memorial.
  4. keep promise
  5. 3honor something to do what you have agreed or promised to do I have every intention of honoring our contract. to honor a check (= to keep an agreement to pay it) She is determined to honor her husband's dying wish. They have failed to honor the peace agreement.
  6. Idioms
    be/feel honored (to do something)
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    to feel proud and happy I was honored to have been mentioned in his speech. “Would you be my best man?” “I'd be honored.”