Definition of “admire” - English Dictionary

“admire” in English

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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)

“admire” in American English

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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.

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

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I have to say that even if you admire our political capability to get proposals through, please do not exaggerate it.
We must admire the rapporteur's attempt to keep a balance, as he did write 'and other religious leaders' after mentioning imams.
Secondly, we all admire your presidency.
We also admire the immediate reaction and effort of the people of the province, who are helping in the rescue operation.
I admire your courage when you say that you do not want to remain deaf and blind to the changing economy.
I admire you for taking it on.
I must admire your commitment.
I very much admire him for keeping his spirits up at a time when he was inundated with so many amendments.
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.

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