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admire (one) for

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.
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admire to

To want to do something. Of course, George! I would admire to go to the dance with you.
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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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Later on, we start identifying and admiring some other heroes, real-life heroes, perhaps leaders.
Here was masculine beauty, and I was admiring it full on.
All along, ever since the advent of butch and femme, lesbians have been compartmentalizing bits and pieces of masculinity, not because they feel beholden to straight culture or obliged to imitate it but because lesbians of all varieties have grown up admiring (cryptically) the male virtues--whether the bodily or the cultural ones--and have found ways of incorporating them into an all-female culture.
At his Craftsman bungalow, Hull enlarged and redesigned the garage to allow guests to sit on the sofa while admiring his vintage cars, including a 1937 French Talbot-Lago coupe that rests atop its own hydraulic lift like a museum sculpture on a pedestal.
1 -- 3 -- color) The garage of Jim Hull's Craftsman bungalow, above, features couches for the comfort of guests admiring his car collection.
The more than 200 gifts on display range from exquisite works of art given by foreign heads of state to handmade crafts sent by usually admiring constituents.