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marvel

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noun mar·vel \ˈmär-vəl\

Definition of marvel

  1. 1 :  one that causes wonder or astonishment <her talent is a marvel to behold> < … with that marvel of architecture before our eyes … — Martha Kean>

  2. 2 :  intense surprise or interest :  astonishment < … his voice filled with marvel … — Mordecai Richler>

Examples of marvel in a sentence

  1. <that new electric car really is a marvel>

Origin and Etymology of marvel

Middle English mervel, from Anglo-French merveille, from Late Latin mirabilia marvels, from Latin, neuter plural of mirabilis wonderful, from mirari to wonder


First Known Use: 14th century


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marvel

verb mar·vel

Definition of marvel

marveled

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marvelled

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marveling

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marvelling

play \ˈmärv-liŋ, ˈmär-və-\
  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to become filled with surprise, wonder, or amazed curiosity <marveled at the magician's skill>

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  to feel astonishment or perplexity at or about <marveled that they had escaped>

Examples of marvel in a sentence

  1. The doctors marveled that anyone could recover so quickly.

Origin and Etymology of marvel

see 1marvel


First Known Use: 14th century


MARVEL Defined for English Language Learners

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noun mar·vel \ˈmär-vəl\

Definition of marvel for English Language Learners

  • : someone or something that is extremely good, skillful, etc. : a wonderful or marvelous person or thing


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marvel

verb mar·vel

Definition of marvel for English Language Learners

  • : to feel great surprise, wonder, or admiration


MARVEL Defined for Kids

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marvel

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noun mar·vel \ˈmär-vəl\

Definition of marvel for Students

  1. :  something that causes wonder or astonishment


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verb mar·vel

Definition of marvel for Students

marveled

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marvelled

marveling

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marvelling

  1. :  to feel astonishment or wonder <I had never seen such beautiful illustrations … I turned the pages, marveling. — Gail Carson Levine, Ella Enchanted>



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