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venerate

verb [T] uk   /ˈven.ər.eɪt/ us    /-ɚ.eɪt/ formal
to honour or very much respect a person or thing: Robert Burns is Scotland's most venerated poet.
veneration
noun [U] uk   /ˌven.ərˈeɪ.ʃən/ us    /-ɚˈeɪ-/
Gandhi became an object of widespread veneration because of his unceasing struggle for freedom and equality.
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