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awe

noun [U] uk   /ɔː/ us    /ɑː/
C2 a feeling of great respect sometimes mixed with fear or surprise: I've always held musicians in awe. As children we were rather in awe of our grandfather. You can't help but stand in awe of (= respect greatly and fear slightly) powerful people.
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verb [T] uk   /ɔː/ us    /ɑː/ ( past tense and past participle UK aweing or US awing)
to cause someone to feel awe: I was awed but not frightened by the huge gorilla. Her paintings have awed and amazed the public for half a century. The audience was awed into silence by her stunning performance.
awed
adjective uk   /ɔːd/ us    /ɑːd/
We stood there in awed silence. "How does she manage to run so fast at her age?" he asked in awed tones.
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