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venerate (verb) show deep respect for.
To venerate a person is to show deep respect for them. We venerate people like Gandhi, the Buddha, and some such. We have great respect for them; we almost worship them.
- The followers of spiritual leaders venerate them. They almost worship these spiritual gurus; they treat them with the utmost respect.
- All over the world, people venerate Gandhi, Florence Nightingale and Mother Teresa. People show unending respect for them because of their great service to humanity.