Definition of admiration in English:


Line breaks: ad¦mir|ation
Pronunciation: /adməˈreɪʃ(ə)n


[mass noun]
  • 1Respect and warm approval: I have the greatest admiration for all those involved in the project
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    • I agreed to do so because of my love for the company and my love and respect and admiration for the employees of the company.
    • The hard working people in the theatre community deserve our respect and admiration for the time and effort they put into their craft.
    • This is the mutual decision of two people with an enormous amount of respect and admiration for each other.
  • 1.1 (the admiration of) Something regarded as impressive or worthy of respect: her house was the admiration of everyone
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    • I try to show that it's possible to be different and worthy of admiration and respect.
    • All her life she's never done anything that has been worthy of my admiration and respect.
    • She says my goals and aspirations inspire her, and frankly, I want to be worthy of her admiration.
    object of admiration, pride, pride and joy, joy, wonder, delight, marvel, sensation
  • 1.2Pleasurable contemplation: they were lost in admiration of the scenery
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    • I take no pleasure from passive admiration of designer products.
    • Nevertheless his finest works are among the most significant of their time and remain capable of giving pleasure and evoking admiration.


late Middle English (in the sense 'marvelling, wonder'): from Latin admiratio(n-), from the verb admirari (see admire).

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