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wonder


won·der  (wndr)
n.
1.
a. One that arouses awe, astonishment, surprise, or admiration; a marvel: The decision of one age or country is a wonder to another (John Stuart Mill).
b. The emotion aroused by something awe-inspiring, astounding, or marvelous: gazed with wonder at the northern lights.
2. An event inexplicable by the laws of nature; a miracle.
3. A feeling of puzzlement or doubt.
4. often Wonder A monumental human creation regarded with awe, especially one of seven monuments of the ancient world that appeared on various lists of late antiquity.
v. won·dered, won·der·ing, won·ders
v.intr.
1.
a. To have a feeling of awe or admiration; marvel: She wondered at all the things civilization can teach a woman to endure (Frances Newman).
b. To have a feeling of surprise.
2. To be filled with curiosity or doubt.
v.tr.
To feel curiosity or be in doubt about: wondered what happened.
adj.
1.
a. Arousing awe or admiration.
b. Wonderful.
2. Far superior to anything formerly recognized or foreseen.
Idiom:
for a wonder
As a cause for surprise; surprisingly.

[Middle English, from Old English wundor.]

wonder·er n.
Synonyms: wonder, marvel, miracle, phenomenon, prodigy, sensation
These nouns denote one that evokes amazement or admiration: saw the wonders of Paris; a marvel of modern technology; a miracle of culinary art; a phenomenon of medical science; a musical prodigy; the theatrical sensation of the season.


wonder  /wndr/  v. [I] 1 to express an interest in knowing: I wonder whether it will rain today. 2 to feel surprise: I wonder that he hasnt called yet. 3 to admire: Many people wonder at the beauty of nature around them.
n. 1 a spectacular thing: The Rocky Mountains are a wonder to see. 2 a surprise: It is a wonder that he is still alive after such a bad accident. wonder

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