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admire someone for something

to have a positive feeling toward someone because of something. I really admire you for your courage.
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admire to do something

Rur. to want to do something, to be happy to do something. He asked her to the dance. She said she would admire to go with him.
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References in classic literature ?
exclaimed the captain, looking at Button-Bright admiringly.
he observed, with a touch of sadness in his intonation, as he admiringly contemplated the infant.
You seem to be a genuine cosmopolite," I said admiringly.
Levin gazed admiringly at the cows he knew so intimately to the minutest detail of their condition, and gave orders for them to be driven out into the meadow, and the calves to be let into the paddock.
He looked at his companion sneakingly, he looked at him admiringly, he looked at him boldly, and put up one leg on the sofa.
The people watch admiringly the figures of the starlings.
STAR STRUCK Schoolgirl gazes up admiringly at the President
BOOMERS (9pm BBC1) WHATEVER else she does with her career, Alison Steadman will always be remembered most admiringly as Beverly, the iconic 1970s hostess in Mike Leigh's play Abigail's Party.
Turkey admiringly put up a gallant effort against the vaunted Americans.
No sitting back admiringly, no packing midfield with one poor sap up front, get among them.
Sabella spoke admiringly of German football, saying they often produced players with a "South American touch.
belting out Rose Tinted Eye Patch whilst Captain Hook looked on admiringly.
West Ham's goalless draw at Chelsea the other week was described - either grudgingly or admiringly - as the success of a well-drilled defence over a sharp attack.
Harry, 19, stripped down to a towel to show off his tattoos as the women gazed admiringly at him at Hollywood's Roosevelt Hotel.
Bernstein's Clarinet Sonata of 1942 - which nods admiringly in the direction of Hindemith with a pre-echo of West Side Story - formed a bridge between Brahms and the jauntier late 20th century items after the interval.