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admire (one) for (something)

To form a positive opinion of someone for a particular quality or attribute. George admired Jenna for her ability to remain calm in stressful situations. I admire Mother Teresa for her unwavering devotion to the poor. I really admire you for your optimism. You truly do see the best in every person and situation.
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admire to (do something)

To want to do something. Of course, George! I would admire to go to the dance with you. Sure, I'd admire to do it. What kind of help do you need? Do you think she really admires to marry Edward, or is it all just for show?
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

admire someone for something

to have a positive feeling toward someone because of something. I really admire you for your courage.
See also: admire, for

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.
See also: admire, to
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Japan is beginning to target Dubai with increasing earnest, and Admire Moon was the country's fourth winner at the World Cup meeting, and third in the last two years.
JB: I think you've mentioned Barry Lyndon in connection with Kubrick as a film you particularly admire.
Winning trainer Hiroyoshi Matsuda will be hoping his colt can next year emulate his half-brother Admire Vega, winner of the 1999 Japanese Derby.
According to the company, in the fieldwork conducted from March to June, the company used their lists to poll each of the 41 countries, asking two questions: "Who do you truly admire?," where respondents could make multiple selections, and "Who do you MOST admire?," where they could only pick one.
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Bush, who described herself as "everybody's grandmother," was twice chosen by Americans -- over Hillary Clinton, Nancy Reagan and Rosalynn Carter -- as coming closest to the "ideal of what a first lady should be." She was very popular with the public during and after her tenure as first lady and appeared frequently on the list of women Americans most admire.
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