WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
awe /ɔ/USA pronunciation   n., v.,  awed, aw•ing. 
n. [uncountable]
  1. a powerful feeling of reverence, fear, or wonder produced by someone or something overwhelming.
  2. in awe of, feeling reverence, fear, or wonder:I stood in awe of the huge monument.

v. [+ object]
  1. to cause (someone) to feel awe:The imposing statue of a huge lion awed the children into silence.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
awe  (ô),USA pronunciation n., v.,  awed, aw•ing. 
n. 
  1. an overwhelming feeling of reverence, admiration, fear, etc., produced by that which is grand, sublime, extremely powerful, or the like:in awe of God; in awe of great political figures.
  2. [Archaic.]power to inspire fear or reverence.
  3. [Obs.]fear or dread.

v.t. 
  1. to inspire with awe.
  2. to influence or restrain by awe.
  • Scandinavian; compare Old Norse agi fear, cognate with Gothic agis, Old English ege, Greek áchos pain
  • Middle English aghe, awe 1250–1300
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged wonder, veneration.
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged apathy;
      contempt.


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

awe /ɔː/ n
  1. overwhelming wonder, admiration, respect, or dread
  2. archaic power to inspire fear or reverence
vb
  1. (transitive) to inspire with reverence or dread
Etymology: 13th Century: from Old Norse agi; related to Gothic agis fear, Greek akhesthai to be grieved



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