1. [syn: honoring, observance]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Honor \Hon"or\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Honored ([o^]n"[~e]rd); p.
pr. & vb. n. Honoring.] [OE. honouren, onouren, OF.
honorer, honourer, F. honorer, fr. L. honorare, fr. honor,
1. To regard or treat with honor, esteem, or respect; to
revere; to treat with deference and submission; when used
of the Supreme Being, to reverence; to adore; to worship.
Honor thy father and thy mother. --Ex. xx. 12.
That all men should honor the Son, even as they
honor the Father. --John v. 23.
It is a custom
More honor'd in the breach than the observance.
2. To dignify; to raise to distinction or notice; to bestow
honor upon; to elevate in rank or station; to ennoble; to
exalt; to glorify; hence, to do something to honor; to
treat in a complimentary manner or with civility.
Thus shall it be done to the man whom the king
delighten to honor. --Esther vi.
The name of Cassius honors this corruption. --Shak.
3. (Com.) To accept and pay when due; as, to honora bill of
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: conformity with law or custom or practice etc. [syn:
honoring, observance] [ant: nonobservance]