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Re·vere  (r-v?r)
A city of eastern Massachusetts, a mainly residential suburb of Boston on Massachusetts Bay. Population: 46,800.

Revere, Paul 1735-1818.
American silversmith, engraver, and Revolutionary hero. On April 18, 1775, he made his famous ride, celebrated in a poem by Longfellow, to warn of the British advance on Lexington and Concord, Massachusetts.

re·vere 1  (r-v?r)
tr.v. re·vered, re·ver·ing, re·veres
To regard with awe, deference, and devotion.

[French r?v?rer, from Old French reverer, from Latin reverr : re-, re- + verr, to respect; see wer-3 in Indo-European roots.]
Synonyms: revere1, worship, venerate, adore, idolize
These verbs mean to regard with the deepest respect, deference, and esteem. Revere suggests awe coupled with profound honor: At least one third of the population ... reveres every sort of holy man (Rudyard Kipling).
Worship implies reverent love and homage rendered to God or a god: The ancient Egyptians worshiped a number of gods.
In a more general sense worship connotes an often uncritical devotion: She had worshiped intellect (Charles Kingsley).
Venerate connotes reverence accorded by virtue, especially of dignity or age: I venerate the memory of my grandfather (Horace Walpole).
To adore is to worship with deep, often rapturous love: The students adored their caring teacher.
Idolize implies worship like that accorded an object of religious devotion: He idolizes his wife.

re·vere 2  (r-v?r, -v?r)
n.
Variant of revers.


revere  /rvr/  v. [T] -vered, -vering, -veres to admire s.o. greatly: Martin Luther King, Jr., was revered as a religious and social leader. revere

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