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awenoun [U]

uk   /ɔː/  us   /ɑː/
C2 a ​feeling of ​greatrespect sometimes ​mixed with ​fear or ​surprise: I've always heldmusicians in awe. As ​children we were ​rather in awe ofourgrandfather. You can't ​help but stand in awe of (= ​respectgreatly and ​fearslightly)powerfulpeople.

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aweverb [T]

uk   /ɔː/  us   /ɑː/ (past tense and past participle UK aweing or US awing)
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.
(Definition of awe from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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awenoun [U]

 us   /ɔ/
a ​feeling of ​greatrespect, usually ​mixed with ​fear or ​surprise: I was too much in awe of him to ​address him ​directly.awe-inspiring If something is awe-inspiring, it ​causes you to ​admire or ​respect it a lot: Niagara Falls is an awe-inspiring ​sight.
awe
verb [T]  us   /ɔ/ (present participle awing)
The ​schoolkids were awed when Doug Flutie, the ​footballstar, ​entered the ​room.
(Definition of awe from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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