man·​tra | \ ˈmän-trə How to pronounce mantra (audio) also ˈman- or ˈmən- \

Definition of mantra

: a mystical formula of invocation (see invocation sense 2) or incantation (as in Hinduism) also : watchword sense 2 "diversity" has become our multicultural mantra — Manning Marable

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mantric \ ˈmän-​trik How to pronounce mantra (audio) also  ˈman-​ or  ˈmən-​ \ adjective

Examples of mantra in a Sentence

a businessman whose mantra is “bigger is better”
Recent Examples on the Web The Dragons’ mantra this season: think like a goldfish and have the shortest memory possible. Matthew Doherty,, "No pause button for Nate Amado, Whitman-Hanson boys’ basketball in a riveting return," 15 Jan. 2021 When the Browns got rocked, 38-6, by the Ravens, the ‘here-we-go-again’ mantra reverberated throughout Cleveland, and Mayfield was ripped mercilessly by the national pundits. cleveland, "Case Keenum happy to have a front row seat for The Baker Mayfield Show: ‘There’s no telling what he can do’," 10 Jan. 2021 Montgomery gave himself a simple mantra coming into this game: Take what the defense gives, take care of the ball, be decisive and run downhill. Luke Johnson,, "The Saints needed someone to step up. 'That's why I'm here,' Ty Montgomery said," 3 Jan. 2021 Regardless of the size of your space, that’s a good mantra for all of us. Marni Jameson,, "A Look Back: Lessons Learned from 2020 — Part 1," 25 Dec. 2020 Roberts shouted during the trophy ceremony, repeating his mantra after his team won the League Championship Series. Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Resilient Dave Roberts is World Series winner again," 28 Oct. 2020 The new season is all about Zoey and her family trying to make the best of their circumstances, a familiar mantra for all of us during the COVID-19 pandemic. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "Review: 'Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist' sings and dances back into our hearts for Season 2," 6 Jan. 2021 That’s when McCarthy adopted a one-word mantra. Finish. David Moore, Dallas News, "The Cowboys have overcome a lot this season, but an improbable run may still be too little too late," 2 Jan. 2021 Get pinged, look at an app, text your grandma a heart emoji or say a gratitude mantra, then move on with your day. Emma Pattee, Wired, "How Tech Could Help Us Contemplate Our Own Mortality," 31 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of mantra

1795, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mantra

Sanskrit, sacred counsel, formula, from manyate he thinks; akin to Latin mens mind — more at mind

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21 Feb 2021

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“Mantra.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of mantra

: a sound, word, or phrase that is repeated by someone who is praying or meditating
: a word or phrase that is repeated often or that expresses someone's basic beliefs

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