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 Sonically, the mantra was to never let the vigor of the lurking danger from the U-boats diminish. Daron James, Los Angeles Times, "The sonic abyss behind the harrowing WWII battle sequence in ‘Greyhound’," 31 Mar. 2021 See something, say something was the mantra before the pandemic, when law enforcement and public health experts urged parents and friends to keep a lookout for troubled young people exhibiting antisocial behaviors. NBC News, "After two mass shootings, Americans ask: Is this what a return to normal looks like?," 23 Mar. 2021 Skill development and fungibility is the new mantra. Kumar Abhishek, Forbes, "Generalists Versus Specialists: The Winner Doesn’t Take It All," 12 Mar. 2021 Something for everyone is the mantra when deciding on the location for your reunion. Pamela Wright,, "Advice for planning that family reunion you just can’t wait to have," 3 Mar. 2021 That was the mantra created by GM Andrew Berry and coach Kevin Stefanski. Terry Pluto, cleveland, "Can you say 10-4? Can you smell the playoffs? Isn’t it fun to be a Browns fan? – Terry Pluto," 21 Dec. 2020 The message is a mantra, and each member of the Pelicans knows it by heart. Scott Kushner,, "Kushner: Van Gundy's wearing out his mask getting his Pelicans ready for season," 17 Dec. 2020 That was the mantra that got me through sobriety and has gotten me through so much in my life. Glennon Doyle, Glamour, "Glennon Doyle and Biden Campaign Manager Jen O’Malley Dillon on Politics, Motherhood, and Doing Hard Things," 15 Dec. 2020 The slips that will take us into the new year offer comfort and chic, which just might be the mantra of the 2020s. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Slip Dressing From the 1930s, 1990s, and Today," 29 Nov. 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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“Mantra.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 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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