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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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I really admire her for the image she has created - and the fact she keeps her real self and her brand separate.
"That's what hurts the most," said the suspect's uncle, Richard Admire of Veneta.
Blake Admire, who is deaf, was arraigned Wednesday before Lane County Circuit Judge Karsten Rasmussen on a charge of intentional murder.
Blake Admire had lived with his parents at Fernridge Mobile Estates for at least the past three years, his uncle said.
Another uncle, Edwin Admire of Eugene, died in March.
In recent years, Christine Admire had developed serious health problems.
But I admire his risk-taking, and believe that (on the whole) he wins at this gamble.
In a poem about his father, "My Father at 75," Harper admires his father's stance, revealed by his independence and pride of self; and again work, in the best sense of word, is a factor: "He makes his own soup from scratch .
You have to admire Niccol's humanizing agenda in movie terrain usually crowded with numbing technology and digital stereo explosions.
The follower aspires with all his strength, with all his will to be what he admires. And then, remarkably enough, even though he is living amongst a `Christian people,' the same danger results for him as was once the case when it was dangerous to openly confess Christ.
Bot she especially admires the Dumbarton Oaks' copper beech, "because of the bark, which is almost n pewter color." Griffin also singles out the Katsura for special notice.
I really admire the work of Beuys, the way his work is poised between weight and lightness.
I admire the honesty of Anger's work: he never made a film twice, never made one for money.
In an age when the banalities of cultural studies have become an inescapable presence in every academic journal and college curriculum, it's exhilarating to experience the withering blasts of Gass' ire, and listen to him as he enlarges upon them by citing passages of poetry or prose that he particularly admires, wrapping the whole in an ornate latticework of example, exhortation, supposition, cross-reference, and caustic aside.