Definition of venerate in English:


Syllabification: ven·er·ate
Pronunciation: /ˈvenəˌrāt


[with object]
Regard with great respect; revere: Mother Teresa is venerated as a saint
More example sentences
  • And everyone knows also that Sinn Féin, to the extent that it is separate from the IRA, not merely respects but venerates the military wing.
  • Creation's magnificence leads us to such foundational religious concepts as respecting the stranger, venerating God, and so on.
  • Big corporations tend to treat venerated logos with deep respect.
revere, regard highly, reverence, worship, hallow, hold sacred, exalt, vaunt, adore, honor, respect, esteem
revered, respected, esteemed, honored;


early 17th century: from Latin venerat- 'adored, revered', from the verb venerari.



Pronunciation: /-ˌrātər/
More example sentences
  • John Paul clearly thinks the reconsideration went too far, and his fellow venerators of Mary agree.
  • The Holy Icons were being destroyed, and their venerators were being severely persecuted.
  • Che's venerators, of course, occupy nearly the whole Island of Cuba and most of Latin America.

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