• Grandma and mother admire Robbie's slate sketch
    Grandma and mother admire Robbie's slate sketch
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v admire feel admiration for
    • v admire look at with admiration
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Admiral Sir Charles Saunders Admiral Sir Charles Saunders
Admiral Earl St. Vincent Admiral Earl St. Vincent
Admiral Viscount Nelson Admiral Viscount Nelson
Miss Velvet-Purr sings a song, which is much admired Miss Velvet-Purr sings a song, which is much admired
Fancy Picture of Hanwellian Admirer of the Ibsenesque Drama thoroughly enjoying himself Fancy Picture of Hanwellian Admirer of the Ibsenesque Drama thoroughly enjoying himself

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Heavyweight tire manufacturer Goodyear is in no way affiliated with Charles Goodyear, the inventor of vulcanized rubber. They merely admired his inventiveness and his process that was so easy to duplicate that competitors simply stole it.
    • Admire 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."
    • Admire To regard with wonder or astonishment; to view with surprise; to marvel at. "Examples rather to be admired than imitated."
    • v. i Admire To wonder; to marvel; to be affected with surprise; -- sometimes with at. "To wonder at Pharaoh, and even admire at myself."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In Norfolk, Virginia, a woman can't go out without wearing a corset. (There was a civil-service jobfor men onlycalled a corset inspector). However, in Merryville, Missouri, women are prohibited from wearing corsets because "the privilege of admiring the curvaceous, unencumbered body of a young woman should not be denied to the normal, red-blooded American male."
    • admire To regard with wonder or surprise; wonder or marvel at: formerly used literally, but now chiefly in an ironical or sarcastic sense, with reference to meaning 2: as, I admire your audacity.
    • admire To regard with wonder mingled with approbation, esteem, reverence, or affection; feel admiration for; take pleasure in the beauty or qualities of; look on or contemplate with pleasure.
    • admire To wonder; be affected with surprise; marvel: sometimes with at.
    • admire To feel or express admiration.
    • admire To feel pleasure; be pleased: as, I should admire to go.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: John Paul Jones' real name was John Paul. In a letter to Benjamin Franklin, he admitted he'd killed a sailor in the West Indies and changed his name to escape punishment. The "Jones" comes from Mrs. Willie Jones of North Carolina, whom he "admired."
    • v.t Admire ad-mīr′ to have a high opinion of: to love
    • v.i Admire (arch.) to be affected with wonder at
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  • Francois De La Rochefoucauld
    “We always love those who admire us; we do not always love those whom we admire.”
  • Thomas Mann
    “I have always been an admirer. I regard the gift of admiration as indispensable if one is to amount to something; I don't know where I would be without it.”
  • Blaise Pascal
    “Animals do not admire each other. A horse does not admire its companion.”
  • Alexander Pope
    “Fools admire, but men of sense approve.”
  • Eleanor Roosevelt
    “You always admire what you really don't understand.”
  • Jean Rostand
    “The only things one can admire at length are those one admires without knowing why.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. admirer, fr. L. admirari,; ad, + mirari, to wonder, for smirari, akin to Gr. to smile, Skr. smi, and E. smile,


In literature:

How he admires you, and how I love him for it!
"The Parisians, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Her sisters also used the mallet with admirable skill, but not like Georgina.
"Lothair" by Benjamin Disraeli
There was no agitation whatever, but a sort of thoughtful examination, half cynical, half admiring.
"A Terrible Temptation" by Charles Reade
To be admired of men is a woman's right, and he knew it gratified Elspeth; therefore he brought them in to admire her.
"Tommy and Grizel" by J.M. Barrie
When I think how odly this Lady is improved by Learning, I look upon her with a Mixture of Admiration and Pity.
"The Spectator, Volumes 1, 2 and 3" by Joseph Addison and Richard Steele
Her interiors are admirable.
"Women in the fine arts, from the Seventh Century B.C. to the Twentieth Century A.D." by Clara Erskine Clement
Admires her greatness of mind in despising Lovelace.
"Clarissa, Or The History Of A Young Lady, Volume 8" by Samuel Richardson
As England has bred admirals, so the sister isle has bred soldiers.
"Stonewall Jackson And The American Civil War" by G. F. R. Henderson
The admiral admired his resolution, and gave orders that he should be civilly treated.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Vol. III" by Robert Kerr
Slowly but surely attention gave place to admiration, admiration to enthusiasm, enthusiasm to triumphant acclaim.
"The Story of My Life" by Ellen Terry
We could not help taking a view of the lovely corpse, and admiring the charming serenity of her noble aspect.
"Clarissa Harlowe, Volume 9 (of 9)" by Samuel Richardson
Cardinal Ximenes had admirers and detractors, but he had no friends.
"De Orbe Novo, Volume 1 (of 2)" by Trans. by Francis Augustus MacNutt
He admired her with an unhealthy and absorbing admiration, which ended in fear.
"The Man Who Laughs" by Victor Hugo
For all its faults it was bold and rapid, like the Admiral's flight, and it had the Admiral's airy grace and freedom.
"The Purple Heights" by Marie Conway Oemler
George moved his gaze and looked with admirable casualness around.
"The Roll-Call" by Arnold Bennett
The Princess admired his athletic arm, with its dark skin, cut by the jagged white of the new tissue.
"The Enemies of Women" by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
If Madame de Maintenon was the most admired, Madame Recamier was the most loved.
"The Catholic World. Volume II; Numbers 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12." by E. Rameur
What strikes us as most admirable in Hugh Miller is, that he was a man of genius and yet a man of sense.
"British Quarterly Review, American Edition, Volume LIV" by Various
Edgar referred the matter to Indiana, to whose already exquisite beauty his juvenile admiration paid its most early obeisance.
"Camilla" by Fanny Burney
Sir Thomas Allen was admiral of the white, and had under him Sir Thomas Tyddiman and Rear-admiral Utburt.
"Fifty-two Stories of the British Navy, from Damme to Trafalgar." by Alfred H. Miles

In poetry:

Be admiral, poet, or king,
Let praises fill both your ears,
Your soul will be but a windmill thing
Blown round by its hopes and fears.
"Willie's Question" by George MacDonald
Nature's chief and sweetest quire
Him with cheerful notes admire;
Chanting every day their lauds,
While the grove their song applauds.
"Nature's Praise" by John Austin
Alas ! that eye, that languid eye
Was wont to dart enam'ring fire ;
Oft have I seen its sparkles fly,
To bid a wond'ring world admire.
""Fair Lady, why that sadden'd eye"" by Laura Sophia Temple
'Tis June--a sultry tempest wild
Impends, Cecilia would retire,
But checks herself to teach her child,
The vivid light'ning to admire.
"The Swan" by William Hayley
Tell me what find we to admire
In epaulets and scarlet coats.
In men, because they load and fire,
And know the art of cutting throats?
"The Chronicle Of The Drum" by William Makepeace Thackeray
Admires thee Nature with much pride;
She clasps thee for a gift of morn,
Till thou art set against the tide,
And then beware her scorn.
"The Last Contention" by George Meredith

In news:

Beer and barbecue make a natural pair, and Against The Grain Brewery and Smokehouse does both admirably.
I was admiring a plant in southern states called Agapanthus .
Universally admired in Russia, and yet little known elsewhere, short-story writer and novelist Alexander Pushkin (1799-1837) is usually regarded as the father of Russian literature.
Perhaps the attitudes of Admirals Vern Clark and William Fallon at a congressional hearing last week could be perceived by some as in keeping with the great tradition of the US Navy.
I found Tony Judt's article "Europe vs America" wholly admirable and on the mark.
Tourists have long crowded in museums to admire Caravaggio's Bacchus , but a new 3.4 billion-pixel image of the painting allows for an amazingly detailed look at an old master's work from your computer screen.
To many Romans, the same barbarians so admired for their military prowess were also the enemy.
Bruce Barth is a jazzman's jazzman (and a pianist's pianist) in much the same way certain authors are known as writer's writers: much-admired by his peers and the cognoscenti but largely unknown to the wider public.
She and I are quite intimate in my fantasy friendship, built on admiration and respect.
NFL's big on Beanie : Ohio State's Wells doesn't need 40 time to win pro scouts' admiration.
Nearly 13 years after his death and 25 years after "On the Road" became his testament for the Beat Generation , young admirers and old comrades of Jack Kerouac gathered here this week to celebrate his life and his legacy.
Vast Majority of Americans Admire Pope John Paul II and Applaud His Beatification .
One has to admire Santa Fe Opera's willingness to gamble.
You have to admire their courage to stand outside and brave the windy 27-degree weather and constantly ring that little bell, defying everything to serve a worthwhile cause.
Jeff Jones, vice president of Admiral Pest Control, in the company's Bellflower , Calif, headquarters on July 20, 2012.

In science:

Bourbaki must also be admired by “working mathematicians”.
United sight to an algebraic operations and convergence
The admiration we feel towards QM is mixed with surprise: Quantum Physics uses a sophisticated mathematical framework to describe the physical world and the relation between the phenomena we see and the mathematical ob jects used to describe them is never obvious or justified on first principles.
Concrete Foundations for Categorical Quantum Physics
The slow progress with the meridian circles and the new photographic technique (the dry plate was invented in 1871) in 1885 led the director of the Paris Observatory, Admiral E.B. Mouchez, to suggest the possibility of a great photographic star chart, which became the Astrographic Catalogue (AC).
Astrometry during the past 2000 years
It turns out that Stein’s method and Malliavin calculus fit together admirably well.
Lectures on Gaussian approximations with Malliavin calculus
Carlo simulations, to which the ERG model lends itself admirably, is given.
Exponential random graph models
It would have been very improbable for no one in Ramanujan’s surroundings being able to comprehend his gifts, and indeed he did have a small handful of devoted friends and admirers who had managed to prevent Ramanujan from starving to death − but just barely.
And free lunch for all...
An extremely ambitious programme, bringing together for the first time all of Europe national telescope operators, has succeeded admirably.
OPTICON: EC Optical Infrared Coordination Network for Astronomy
The local staff at Snowmass assisted admirably with lodging reservations for participants, but the innumerable aspects of registrations, negotiations with vendors, and daily logistics have fallen on the shoulders of the dedicated and most capable Secretariat headed by Cynthia Sazama of Fermilab.
Overview and Charge -- Snowmass Workshop 2005
Ever since the very birth of science, philosophers, and later physicists, admired the beauty of the laws of nature, one of their most appealing features always being the symmetry.
Spontaneous symmetry breaking in strong and electroweak interactions
I feel a profound admiration for the very brave people trying to access a fusion dynamics at the level of the pico-barn cross sections.
Heavy Ion Dynamics and Neutron Stars
It is an extremely great pleasure for the author to dedicate this paper to Masaki Kashiwara with admiration for his great works and his leading role in the development of current mathematics.
Good formal structure for meromorphic flat connections on smooth projective surfaces
Ma jorana’s admiration for the work of Hermann Weyl and others on the application of group theory to quantum mechanics was first recalled by Amaldi and, apart from the published paper 7, is well testified by a number of unpublished notes [9, 11].
Ettore Majorana and his heritage seventy years later
The results just given, may be readily obtained by means of LA PLACE’s much admired analysis (M ´ec. C ´el.
An Essay on the Application of mathematical Analysis to the theories of Electricity and Magnetism
Indeed, there is an admirable tradition of mathematicians and physicists contributing to the foundations of economic theory, such as Bak, von Neumann, Nash and Mandelbrot.
Time and symmetry in models of economic markets
In the course of writing this volume, however, despite his admiration for their deep geometric insight he became increasingly disgruntled with the lack of rigor in certain arguments.
Zariski decomposition: a new (old) chapter of linear algebra