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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
adoring fans (=fans who like and admire someone very much)
▪ She’s mobbed by adoring fans wherever she goes.
▪ Whatever her shape, the men adored her.
▪ In describing the life of a man so widely adored and reviled, a little moderation is just what's needed.
▪ Another woman might adore helpless, cuddly babies but find the activity and demands of toddlers nerve-wracking.
▪ I told myself that some one like Gharr imagine that all women adored him.
▪ Unfortunately, she was also one of those women born to be adored by men.
▪ As a child, I adored fairy tales.
▪ Branwell Bronte adored his sister Anne.
▪ She adores her grandchildren and is always buying them presents.
▪ Her husband, whom she adored, confessed that he had been seeing other women.
▪ I adore it in the early mornings, when the sun is still behind the hill.
▪ I adored them and they me.
▪ It originates in childhood when anyone under ten is adored beyond measure.
▪ She adored poetry, all poetry.
▪ Yes, I can adore women.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

adore \a*dore"\ ([.a]*d[=o]r"), v. t. [imp. & p. p. adored ([.a]*d[=o]rd"); p. pr. & vb. n. adoring ([.a]*d[=o]r"[i^]ng).] [OE. aouren, anouren, adoren, OF. aorer, adorer, F. adorer, fr. L. adorare; ad + orare to speak, pray, os, oris, mouth. In OE. confused with honor, the French prefix a- being confused with OE. a, an, on. See Oral.]

  1. To worship with profound reverence; to pay divine honors to; to honor as a deity or as divine.

    Bishops and priests, . . . bearing the host, which he [James II.] publicly adored.

  2. To love in the highest degree; to regard with the utmost esteem and affection; to idolize.

    The great mass of the population abhorred Popery and adored Monmouth.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

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.


vb. 1 To worship. 2 To love with one's entire heart and soul; regard with deep respect and affection. 3 To be very fond of. 4 (lb en obsolete) To adorn.


v. love intensely; "he just adored his wife"

Adore (The Smashing Pumpkins album)

Adore is the fourth studio album by the American alternative rock band The Smashing Pumpkins, released in June 1998 by Virgin Records. After the multi-platinum success of Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness and a subsequent yearlong world tour, follow-up Adore was considered "one of the most anticipated albums of 1998" by MTV. Recording the album proved to be a challenge as the band members struggled with lingering interpersonal problems and musical uncertainty in the wake of three increasingly successful rock albums and the departure of drummer Jimmy Chamberlin. Frontman Billy Corgan would later characterize Adore as "a band falling apart".

The result was a much more subdued and electronica-tinged sound that Greg Kot of Rolling Stone magazine called "a complete break with the past". The album divided the fan base and sold only a fraction of the previous two albums. However, the album was well received by critics, and became the third straight Pumpkins album to be nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Performance. and has gained a cult following. A remastered and expanded version of the album was released on CD and vinyl in September 2014 as a part of the band's project to reissue their back catalogue from 1991–2000.

Adore (EP)

Adore is the third extended play (EP) and debut major-label release by English singer and songwriter Jasmine Thompson. It was released on 18 September 2015 by Atlantic Records. Adore serves as Thompson's first release after signing to the label earlier that year.


Adore may refer to:

  • "Adore" (Cashmere Cat song), a 2015 single by Cashmere Cat featuring Ariana Grande
  • "Adore" (Prince song), by Prince from his 1987 album Sign "O" the Times
  • "Adore" (Jasmine Thompson song), a 2015 single by Jasmine Thompson from Adore
  • Adore (The Smashing Pumpkins album), 1998 album by American band The Smashing Pumpkins
  • "Adore", a song by Bernd Maus & Thilo Stolle, featured on Miss Kittin's second DJ mix 2002 album Radio Caroline Vol.1
  • Adore (Misako Odani album), 2005 album by Japanese singer/pianist Misako Odani
  • Adore (film), a 2013 film directed by Anne Fontaine
  • Adore, a love-themed Beanie Baby stuffed toy
Adore (Prince song)

"Adore" is a song by Prince. It is the last track on his 1987 double album Sign o' the Times, following the live track "It's Gonna Be a Beautiful Night" (the crowd noise from which bleeds into the beginning of the song). A long, ornate slow jam featuring Atlanta Bliss and Eric Leeds on horns, it was described by NME reviewer Paolo Hewitt as "a sugar ballad that harks back to the Stylistics but is indelibly Prince's, a lush yet remarkable piece of music, and a fitting climax". It received significant radio play despite never being released as a single, and became an occasional part of Prince's concert repertoire. A 4:39-long edit of the song appears on the 1993 compilation album The Hits/The B-Sides, and the Girl 6 soundtrack album contains the full-length version. Prince's 2002 box set One Nite Alone... Live! includes a solo performance of "Adore" with piano accompaniment.

In 2010, users of AOL Radio voted "Adore" #2 on a ranked list of Prince's best songs.

Adore (Cashmere Cat song)

"Adore" is a song recorded by Norwegian musician, producer, DJ and turntablist Cashmere Cat, sung by American singer Ariana Grande, for his upcoming debut studio album. It was written by Cashmere along with Benjamin Levin, Ammar Malik, Jeremih Felton, Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, Darryl Simmons and Peder Losnegard. The song was released digitally on March 3, 2015 by Friends Keep Secrets Records and Interscope Records. Commercially, the song peaked at No. 93 on the US Billboard Hot 100, becoming Cashmere Cat's first appearance on that chart.

"Adore" is the second collaboration between Cashmere Cat and Grande, the first being the song "Be My Baby", from Grande's second studio album, My Everything (2014). The song received its first performance on Grande's The Honeymoon Tour. USA Today ranked the song as one of the 50 best in 2015, writing, "Grande’s towering vocals have never sounded better than on this offbeat R&B track."

Adore (Jasmine Thompson song)

"Adore" is a song recorded by English vocalist Jasmine Thompson for her third extended play of the same name. The track was made available for digital download on June 12, 2015 through Atlantic Records. "Adore" was written by Steve Mac, Paul Gendler and Ina Wroldsen, while production was handled by Mac alone. The track peaked within the top 50 in both Italy and Belgium, ranking at number 34 and 41, respectively. Furthermore, the song has also charted at number 91 on the German Singles Chart. The recording gained major popularity in Italy, where it was certified Platinum by the Federation of the Italian Music Industry for exceeding sales of 50,000 copies.

Usage examples of "adore".

Malcolm may cast her out without a farthing, and still I would adore the girl!

Divine Word, we adore the flesh of Christ not for its own sake, but because the Word of God is united thereto in person.

Wherefore in the passage quoted we are to understand the prohibition to adore those images which the Gentiles made for the purpose of venerating their own gods, i.

First, because some of the Gentiles used to adore the images themselves, as things, believing that there was something Divine therein, on account of the answers which the demons used to give in them, and on account of other such like wonderful effects.

Whether It Was Becoming That the Magi Should Come to Adore Christ and Pay Homage to Him?

Objection 1: It would seem that it was unbecoming that the Magi should come to adore Christ and pay homage to Him.

And so the devil was not satisfied with instigating to a desire for riches and honors, but he went so far as to tempt Christ, for the sake of gaining possession of these things, to fall down and adore him, which is a very great crime, and against God.

I must even confess that I adore women, and that I have not the slightest idea of depriving myself of the most delightful of all pleasures.

Let me undeceive you, and believe me when I say that the full gratification of desires can only increase a hundredfold the mutual ardour of two beings who adore each other.

I never thought of revenge, for my heart, which can never cease to adore you, could never conceive such a dreadful idea.

French people adore the king, but all thinking men here know well enough that there is more show than reality in that adoration, and the court has no confidence in it.

I lived but to adore her, and I should have satisfied my love had not Esther been a girl of good principles.

They will verify the truth of the oracle immediately, and when it is found that the famous diamond is but glittering paste the company will adore my father, for it will feel that but for him it would have been covered with shame, by avowing itself the dupe of a sharper.

You will no longer adore her before all other women who are just as good as she.

I knew Italian very imperfectly, and being prejudiced by the learned Italians who adore Tasso I was unfortunate enough to publish a criticism of Ariosto which I thought my own, while it was only the echo of those who had prejudiced me.