Meaning of “admire” in the English Dictionary

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admireverb [ T ]

uk /ədˈmaɪər/ us /ədˈmaɪr/

B1 to find someone or something attractive and pleasant to look at:

We stood for a few moments, admiring the view.
I was just admiring your jacket, Delia.

B2 to respect and approve of someone or their behaviour:

I admired him for his determination.
I really admire people who can work in such difficult conditions.

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(Definition of “admire” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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admireverb [ T ]

us /ədˈmɑɪər/

to respect and approve of someone or something:

I admire that music more than any other.
adjective us /ˈæd·mər·ə·bəl/

The police did an admirable job of calming down the crowd.
adverb us /ˈæd·mər·ə·bli/

I think she coped admirably with a very difficult situation.
noun [ U ] us /ˌæd·məˈreɪ·ʃən/

My admiration for her grows daily.
noun [ C ] us /ədˈmɑɪər·ər/

Many admirers waited in the rain just to see their hero.

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We admire your personal commitment.
I respect the fishing profession and admire fishermen who go about their daily business under the most impossible and most difficult conditions.
I admire your courage when you say that you do not want to remain deaf and blind to the changing economy.
When one considers how much effort has been expended in every single one of these areas, one cannot help but admire the candidate countries.
I have to say that even if you admire our political capability to get proposals through, please do not exaggerate it.
Secondly, we all admire your presidency.
I very much admire him for keeping his spirits up at a time when he was inundated with so many amendments.
We also admire the immediate reaction and effort of the people of the province, who are helping in the rescue operation.
I admire a man who is willing to say that he may have made mistakes in the past but now we are moving forward.
We were therefore certainly not voting against the person, who is someone we admire, but against an institution that we cannot accept and in fact positively condemn.

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