Etymology
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venerate (v.)

1620s, back-formation from veneration, or else from Latin veneratus, past participle of venerari "to reverence, worship," from venus (genitive veneris) "beauty, love, desire" (from PIE root *wen- (1) "to desire, strive for"). Related: Venerated; venerating.

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Definitions of venerate

venerate (v.)
regard with feelings of respect and reverence; consider hallowed or exalted or be in awe of;
We venerate genius
Synonyms: reverence / fear / revere
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