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verb [transitive] [never progressive] American English pronunciation: adore /əˈdɔr/ 
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present tense
present participleadoring
past tenseadored
past participleadored
  1. 1
    to love someone very much

    She absolutely adores her nieces and nephews.

  2. 2
    informal to like something very much

    I simply adore strawberry ice cream.

    adore doing something:

    He adores going to parties.

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