Today's Word "Revere"

To venerate on

Published in Vocabulary

Revere \reh-VEER\ (verb) - To venerate, to hold in deep, religious respect.

"Warren Buffet is an investment manager revered by investors throughout the country."

French reverer from Latin revereri based on re- "back" + vereri "to fear." The Proto-Indian-European root underlying this stem is *wer- "look out for" and it entered English as "wary, " "aware," and the older ward "watchman, warden" and "steward," people who look out for others. "Ward" was borrowed by Old French, which had no [w] sound, so modified it to "guard," a word which was then promptly borrowed back into English with a slightly different meaning and pronunciationanother excellent example of lexical ping-pong.


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