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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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While describing in great detail the various ups and downs of the campaign, as based on his analysis of the campaign files and the recollections of some 150 individuals involved in the campaign, the author admiringly casts Reagan as a deeply principled politician who overcame opposition from within and without his own party by staunchly hewing to his beliefs.
Every confectionary artist's dream is to have people ask admiringly "Who made this cake?" Readers will surely be surprised at the answer provided in this colorful book.
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The great frustration of books about heroic principals "succeeding against enormous odds," five of whom are vividly and admiringly profiled here, is that the U.S.
A report published by the Department for Children, Schools and Familes highlighted recent examples of "concerns" that have been reported in British schools, including a primary school pupil who spoke admiringly of the bombers who killed 52 people in London in July 2005 as the "7/7 martyrs".
The Entertainment Weekly soiree at STK restaurant lauded Island DefJam music topper Antonio "L.A." Reid, who spoke admiringly about Kanye West's performance at the kudofest.
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Up in the Royal Box, Borg smiled admiringly and applauded softly, recognising the champion's achievement in drawing level with him on 11 Grand Slams in what turned out to be arguably the toughest match of his life.
At a lunch Carmela had with her girlfriends at Vesuvio, the women spoke admiringly of Hillary as a role model, someone who was able to turn a sow's ear of a marriage into a silk purse.
(Don't worry, investigative journalism triumphed: "Finally, Barbara Walters outshouts Castro and the rest of the guests loudly enough to ask him what kind of a host he is that he has a dinner party and doesn't even feed his guests," Quinn admiringly recounted.)
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Naylor writes admiringly of the mettle shown by American soldiers: "It was a sergeant's right, all right, and the sergeants were giving it everything they had.
Suppliers--who include most of the biggest names in electronics, entertainment, packaged food, apparel, and jewelry--speak admiringly but often wincingly of Wal-Mart's emphasis on getting their products at the lowest possible price.
"He and his work have a wonderful, rich humanity," she says admiringly.
Ek, my eldest son did admiringly well on my behalf to make a decision to take her back to the temple and not to have her to go through all the painful medical assistance.