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 mantric (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 But the 2021 Raptor is certainly on its way, and the new version will follow the same mantra as the last two generations. Mihir Maddireddy, Car and Driver, "2021 Ford F-150 Raptor: Here's What to Expect," 10 July 2020 Harbaugh's mantra: 'Providence will favor the prepared' Since mid-March, when the outbreak forced a suspension of all in-person recruiting, Michigan has added 17 verbal commitments to its 19-man class. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "How Jim Harbaugh & Michigan football recruiting are thriving with virtual visits," 9 July 2020 The phrase is a mantra of the pro-democracy movement, etched on flags, walls and T-shirts. Washington Post, "Beijing names hard-liner who crushed protests to head Hong Kong security agency," 3 July 2020 In addition to revealing the radical dimensions of a civil rights icon who's often flattened to his non-violence mantra, the essay helps us to understand why the current Black Lives Matter protests, fueled by years of organizing, feel so impactful. CNN, "Performative activism, MLK and the BET Awards: A look back at the week in race and culture," 2 July 2020 Engagement has likewise been the mantra at Silver Cross Hospital, in New Lenox, Illinois, which has been a standout in patient satisfaction for years (and in the top-100 ranking for eight of them). Fortune, "Introducing the Fortune/IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals," 30 June 2020 The mantra served as a reminder that drowsiness could be deadly, especially on the road, and became a kind of motto for Dr. Dement. Harrison Smith,, "William Dement, psychiatrist known as ‘the father of sleep medicine,’ dies at 91," 22 June 2020 Internally, executives remain hopeful of finding a workaround, and are repeating the same mantra of a year ago -- doing without American technology isn’t impossible., "Huawei Employees See Dire Threat to Future From Latest Trump Salvo," 7 June 2020 The new approach violates Amazon’s mantra that every decision must put the customer first, said Tim Hughes, a consultant who used to work in product management at Amazon. Renee Dudley, ProPublica, "Amazon’s New Competitive Advantage: Putting Its Own Products First," 6 June 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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The first known use of mantra was in 1795

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14 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Mantra.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jul. 2020.

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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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