verb (used with object), a·dored, a·dor·ing.
- to regard with the utmost esteem, love, and respect; honor.
- to pay divine honor to; worship: to adore God.
- to like or admire very much: I simply adore the way your hair is done!
verb (used without object), a·dored, a·dor·ing.
- to worship.
- (tr) to love intensely or deeply
- to worship (a god) with religious rites
- (tr) informal to like very muchI adore chocolate
late 14c., aouren, “to worship, pay divine honors to, bow down before,” from Old French aorer “to adore, worship, praise” (10c.), from Latin adorare “speak to formally, beseech, ask in prayer,” in Late Latin “to worship,” from ad- “to” (see ad-) + orare “speak formally, pray” (see orator). Meaning “to honor very highly” is attested from 1590s; weakened sense of “to be very fond of” emerged by 1880s. Related: Adored; adoring.