verb (used with object), ven·er·at·ed, ven·er·at·ing.
- to regard or treat with reverence; revere.
- to hold in deep respect; revere
- to honour in recognition of qualities of holiness, excellence, wisdom, etc
1620s, from Latin veneratus, past participle of venerari “to reverence, worship” (see veneration). Related: Venerated; venerating.