magic

noun
mag·ic | \ ˈma-jik \

Definition of magic 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1a : the use of means (such as charms or spells) believed to have supernatural power over natural forces

b : magic rites or incantations

2a : an extraordinary power or influence seemingly from a supernatural source Both pitchers, although they are older, haven't lost their magic.

b : something that seems to cast a spell : enchantment all the mystery, magic and romance which belong to royalty alone —J. E. P. Grigg

3 : the art of producing illusions by sleight of hand entertained with acts of jugglery and magic

magic

adjective

Definition of magic (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : of or relating to magic

2a : having seemingly supernatural qualities or powers

b : giving a feeling of enchantment

magic

verb
magicked; magicking

Definition of magic (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

: to produce, remove, or influence by magic

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Other words from magic

Adjective

magical \ˈma-ji-kəl \ adjective
magically \-ji-k(ə-)lē \ adverb

Examples of magic in a Sentence

Noun

children who believe in magic a book that explains how to do magic Both pitchers, though they are older, haven't lost their magic.

Adjective

a magic potion that makes you able to fly There is no magic solution to these problems.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

There’s magic in that gradual Dalían disintegration of reality. Vann R. Newkirk Ii, The Atlantic, "Sorry to Bother You Is a Dystopian Send-Up of Dystopias," 13 July 2018 There are plenty of games that have tried to recapture that magic over the years, but few have done it as successfully as Octopath Traveler, which launches on the Nintendo Switch this Friday. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "Octopath Traveler is a modern take on classic Final Fantasy on the Nintendo Switch," 12 July 2018 To experience the instantly de-puffing magic for yourself, squeeze a dot of eye gel under your eye and use your ring finger to disperse it all over the area. Rebecca Norris, Allure, "I Tried a Japanese Skin-Care Routine for a Month, and These Are the Results," 9 July 2018 The commentators didn’t pretend such magic, such perfect control over our circumstances, was a possibility, or even desirable. Eve Fairbanks, The New Republic, "The World in a World Cup," 5 July 2018 The game's specific magic, though, is property of its pedigree: studio Enhance, Inc. is led by Tetsuya Mizuguchi, who first conceived of both Lumines and its spiritual siblings, 2001's Rez and 2011's Child of Eden. Julie Muncy, WIRED, "Lumines Remastered Is the Perfect Summer Gaming Treat," 3 July 2018 This party includes games, crafts, activities and a test of skill about the history of magic, charms and potions. Sonja Haller, azcentral, "Best kids things to do in Phoenix in July: Splash pad parties, shark feeds and free fun," 28 June 2018 The director, unleashing a little manipulative magic of his own, splits the famous storm scene that opens the play. James Hebert, sandiegouniontribune.com, "'Tempest' a satisfying whirl of wit and wizardry at Old Globe," 24 June 2018 While Harry's bride sees a chance to use ethnicity to reboot the magic of the monarchy, Trump has more often used diversity to divide. Stephen Collinson, CNN, "What the royal family and Donald Trump both understand," 21 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

At 6 feet 4 and known for lumbering about with his bald head down in thought, Gibson cut a formidable figure in the newsroom, an image that belied his compassion for reporters and knack for magic tricks. Corina Knoll, latimes.com, "Bob Gibson, former L.A. Times foreign editor, dies at 89," 23 June 2018 But Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom doesn’t have the dedication to pull off that particular magic trick. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is a stunning disappointment," 22 June 2018 Even more puzzling: His magic touch has gone missing. Andrew Lawrence, The Atlantic, "What’s Going on With Novak Djokovic?," 30 June 2018 For decades, the magic formula was to spray fields full of cotton genetically engineered to resist herbicides, such as Roundup, and then watch the weeds dutifully die. Lynn Brezosky, San Antonio Express-News, "A&M cotton research could open new front in war on weeds," 5 July 2018 Well, sometimes magic tricks don’t go exactly as planned. Alysha Tsuji, For The Win, "Magician awkwardly left hanging after flubbing trick to reveal Anze Kopitar as award winner," 20 June 2018 There’s no one formula and there’s no magic formula. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "White Sox 6, Brewers 1: String of winning series ends at six as bats go quiet in Chicago," 3 June 2018 And because of this 29-degree tilt in the grid, the magic moment of the setting sun aligning with Manhattan’s cross streets does not coincide with the June solstice but rather with specific dates in late May and early July. Joe Rao, Scientific American, "Manhattanhenge: What It Is, and How to See It," 29 May 2018 In linguistics, they are called performative verbs — magic words that can alter reality simply by being uttered. Avi Selk, Washington Post, "A brief history of Trump attempting to ‘hereby demand’ things," 21 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

It’s hard to see how wanting to magic away their beliefs is compatible with an expansive vision of tolerance that would bring ideological balance to secular universities. Alan Levinovitz, Slate Magazine, "Today’s political climate doesn’t require more tolerance. It requires less.," 20 Mar. 2017 Brewers’ efforts to magic up a new daypart for beer come as sales of the beverage are falling, both in the U.S. and world-wide. Lara O’reilly, WSJ, "CMO Today: WPP Suffers Hack; Brunch Beer; Verizon Pursues Carrier Data Tie-Ups," 28 June 2017

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First Known Use of magic

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1906, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for magic

Noun

Middle English magique, from Middle French, from Latin magice, from Greek magikē, feminine of magikos Magian, magical, from magos magus, sorcerer, of Iranian origin; akin to Old Persian maguš sorcerer

Adjective

see magic entry 1

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More Definitions for magic

magic

noun

English Language Learners Definition of magic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a power that allows people (such as witches and wizards) to do impossible things by saying special words or performing special actions

: tricks that seem to be impossible and that are done by a performer to entertain people

: special power, influence, or skill

magic

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of magic (Entry 2 of 2)

: having the power to make impossible things happen : having supernatural power

: involving the skill of doing tricks that seem to be impossible

: capable of producing good results very easily

magic

noun
mag·ic | \ ˈma-jik \

Kids Definition of magic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the power to control natural forces possessed by certain persons (as wizards and witches) in folk tales and fiction

2 : the art or skill of performing tricks or illusions for entertainment

3 : a power that seems mysterious The team lost its magic.

4 : something that charms They calmed us with the magic of their singing.

magic

adjective

Kids Definition of magic (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : having or seeming to have the power to make impossible things happen She chanted the magic words.

2 : of or relating to the power to make impossible things happen magic tricks

3 : giving a feeling of enchantment It was a magic moment.

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