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Ad*mire" (#), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Admired (#); p. pr. & vb. n. Admiring (#).] [F. admirer, fr. L. admirari; ad + mirari to wonder, for smirari, akin to Gr. to smile, Skr. smi, and E. smile.]

1.

To regard with wonder or astonishment; to view with surprise; to marvel at.

[Archaic]

Examples rather to be admired than imitated. Fuller.

2.

To regard with wonder and delight; to look upon with an elevated feeling of pleasure, as something which calls out approbation, esteem, love, or reverence; to estimate or prize highly; as, to admire a person of high moral worth, to admire a landscape.

Admired as heroes and as gods obeyed. Pope.

Admire followed by the infinitive is obsolete or colloquial; as, I admire to see a man consistent in his conduct.

Syn. -- To esteem; approve; delight in.

 

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Ad*mire", v. i.

To wonder; to marvel; to be affected with surprise; -- sometimes with at.

To wonder at Pharaoh, and even admire at myself. Fuller.

 

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