1. A feeling of strong approval or delight with regard to someone or something: the students' admiration for their teacher. See Synonyms at regard.
2. The state of being viewed with such approval or delight: an actor held in admiration by her peers.
3. The object of such approval and delight: a movie that was the admiration of many critics.
4. Archaic The action of wondering; marveling.
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