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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Other Words from mantra

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 Etched around each are drawings of hearts and messages of love, an echo of the Circles in the Sand mantra. oregonlive, 10 July 2021 In addition to reminding her to slow down when things get a little too hectic, Dewan's mantra also forces her to put herself first sometimes. Maggie O'neill,, 7 July 2021 Stocks actually had their best week in months, as many were buying the mantra that inflation is indeed going to be transitory instead of permanent, and the Fed hiking rates in 2023 was not seen as a major headwind. - Investing Reimagined, Forbes, 28 June 2021 The mantra was carried to Tallahassee and Washington, D.C., in pleas for LGBTQ+ civil rights legislation, tighter gun laws and more mental health resources. Kalia Richardson,, 11 June 2021 Even as the Hawks surged ahead with three runs in the first and two more in the second, the mantra remained to keep tacking on. Jacob Calvin Meyer,, 9 June 2021 These two forces — the social challenge of opportunity inequality and the profitability mantra of business optimization — have historically been seen as existing in disconnected universes. Madhu Chamarty, Forbes, 22 June 2021 A few months later, after an off-season trade sent Paul to the Oklahoma City Thunder from Houston, Paul was on a football field with Alexander, running sprints in the midsummer heat and repeating a mantra of sorts: Someone’s got to pay. New York Times, 21 May 2021 Holland overwhelmed the Yankees, finishing his two innings with 30 pitches (21 strikes), successfully executing the mantra of throwing strikes delivered by Hinch and pitching coach Chris Fetter since they were hired. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, 17 Mar. 2021

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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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27 Jul 2021

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“Mantra.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jul. 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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