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wonder

noun won·der \ ˈwən-dər \
Updated on: 20 May 2018
1 a : a cause of astonishment or admiration : marvel
  • it's a wonder you weren't killed
  • the pyramid is a wonder to behold
b : miracle
2 : the quality of exciting amazed admiration
3 a : rapt attention or astonishment at something awesomely mysterious or new to one's experience
b : a feeling of doubt or uncertainty

Examples of wonder in a Sentence

  1. The Grand Canyon is one of the natural wonders of the world.

  2. This new computer is a technological wonder.

  3. The child's eyes were filled with wonder during the trip to the circus.

  4. We watched the fireworks show with wonder and amazement.

  5. She gazed up at the tall buildings in wonder.

  6. Is it any wonder why this movie is so popular?

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Origin and Etymology of wonder

Middle English, from Old English wundor; akin to Old High German wuntar wonder

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wonder

verb
wondered; wondering play \ˈwən-d(ə-)riŋ\
1 a : to be in a state of wonder
b : to feel surprise
2 : to feel curiosity or doubt
  • wondering about the future
: to be curious or in doubt about
  • wonders why birds sing

wonderer

play \ˈwən-dər-ər\ noun

Examples of wonder in a Sentence

  1. Have you ever wondered why the sky is blue?

  2. Who could that be at the door, I wonder?

  3. She wondered aloud what to do with the money.

  4. I was wondering about that.

  5. Sometimes his behavior makes me wonder.

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First Known Use of wonder

before 12th century

in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

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wonder

adjective
: wondrous, wonderful: such as
a : exciting amazement or admiration
  • wonder toys
b : effective or efficient far beyond anything previously known or anticipated
  • a wonder fabric

First Known Use of wonder

12th century

in the meaning defined above

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Wonder

biographical name Won·der \ ˈwən-dər \
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WONDER Defined for English Language Learners

wonder

  • : something or someone that is very surprising, beautiful, amazing, etc.

  • : a feeling caused by seeing something that is very surprising, beautiful, amazing, etc.

  • : something that is surprising or hard to believe


wonder

  • : to have interest in knowing or learning something : to think about something with curiosity

  • —used to ask a question or make a polite request

  • : to feel surprise or amazement


WONDER Defined for Kids

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wonder

verb won·der \ ˈwən-dər \
wondered; wondering
1 : to be curious or have doubt
  • I wonder if we're lost.
2 : to feel surprise or amazement We wondered at the number of stars.

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wonder

noun
1 : something extraordinary : marvel
  • the wonders of nature
2 : a feeling (as of astonishment) caused by something extraordinary He examined the machine with wonder.


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