Meaning of “awe” in the English Dictionary

"awe" in British English

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awenoun [ 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.

More examples

  • He's such an important man that I'm rather in awe of him.
  • We looked on in awe as the gymnast performed her routine.
  • The scenery was absolutely stunning - I remember gazing in a state of awe over the landscape.
  • We listened in awe because her voice was remarkable for someone so young.
  • As the champion played his shots, spectators looked on in awe.

aweverb [ T ]

uk /ɔː/ us /ɑː/ past tense and past participle UK aweing or US awing

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

"awe" in American English

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awenoun [ U ]

us /ɔ/

a feeling of great respect, usually mixed with fear or surprise:

I was too much in awe of him to address him directly.

If something is awe-inspiring, it causes you to admire or respect it a lot:

Niagara Falls is an awe-inspiring sight.
verb [ T ] us /ɔ/ present participle awing

The school kids were awed when Doug Flutie, the football star, entered the room.

(Definition of “awe” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)