magic

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noun

mag·​ic ˈma-jik How to pronounce magic (audio)
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a
: the use of means (such as charms or spells) believed to have supernatural power over natural forces
b
: magic rites or incantations
2
a
: an extraordinary power or influence seemingly from a supernatural source
Both pitchers, although they are older, haven't lost their magic.
b
: something that seems to cast a spell : enchantment
all the mystery, magic and romance which belong to royalty aloneJ. E. P. Grigg
3
: the art of producing illusions by sleight of hand
entertained with acts of jugglery and magic

magic

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adjective

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: of or relating to magic
2
a
: having seemingly supernatural qualities or powers
b
: giving a feeling of enchantment

magic

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verb

magicked; magicking

transitive verb

: to produce, remove, or influence by magic

Example Sentences

Noun children who believe in magic a book that explains how to do magic Both pitchers, though they are older, haven't lost their magic. Adjective a magic potion that makes you able to fly There is no magic solution to these problems.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
So go ahead and prepare one of your favorite green cocktails (or two), and set off on a journey to spread some Irish luck and magic with these wise, funny, and meaningful phrases. Rebekah Lowin, Country Living, 30 Jan. 2023 And inside the bag is where the organizational magic happens, with multiple slip pockets, including ones for water bottles and laptops, zip pockets, and a key clip. Stefanie Waldek, Travel + Leisure, 25 Jan. 2023 An Isis Knot called on Isis, the power of the goddess of healing and magic, to protect the body. Laura Baisas, Popular Science, 24 Jan. 2023 Youngkin’s magic also failed to rub off on candidates in Virginia. Laura Vozzella, Washington Post, 24 Jan. 2023 In his tale, ILLENIUM escapes dystopia to find love’s magic and sparks in the forest, but the pull of old habits and systems weighs heavy alongside his family’s tragedy. Riley Van Steward, Forbes, 24 Jan. 2023 These Bengals are playing with the same magic that last year’s Bengals had. Charlie Goldsmith, The Enquirer, 23 Jan. 2023 In other words, not only is every season different, but there is no guarantee that the magic that sometimes links itself to one team for a season will return the next. Paul Hoynes, cleveland, 21 Jan. 2023 Hardware is only one part of the magic required to get a robot like MARLO to walk reliably. IEEE Spectrum, 20 Jan. 2023
Adjective
Ultimately, there’s no magic trick to get the nation out of this mess, experts said. Jim Puzzanghera, BostonGlobe.com, 28 Jan. 2023 The rough sleepers’ devious ways were more amusing and miraculous left unknown, like the mechanics of a magic trick. Tracy Kidder, New York Times, 5 Jan. 2023 This magic trick gives you a longer-lasting scent with the same amount of sprays! Dallas News, 30 Nov. 2022 Everybody remembers the diner scene, but the bank heist sequence feels like a magic trick even more today. Josh St. Clair, Men's Health, 28 Nov. 2022 Criminal’s Nadia Wilson, who produced the two-parter, likens the appeal of these kinds of stories to a magic trick. Nicholas Quah, Vulture, 2 Nov. 2022 These teachings can be work-related or fun and playful like a magic trick, a favorite recipe or how to make an origami crane. Robin Elledge, Forbes, 10 Oct. 2022 The aforementioned 23-yard throw to Stewart was something of a magic trick at Arnold’s expense. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, 9 Oct. 2022 The lights, the stage designs, the music — it all blends together into a kind of magic trick. Andy Meek, BGR, 11 Sep. 2022
Verb
And there’s hardly a deer hunter alive who doesn’t dream of taking a buck that eclipses that magic 200 number. Scott Bestul, Field & Stream, 9 Jan. 2023 Vega connects that magic to the trappings of digital culture, which has led to, among other things, El Salvador adopting Bitcoin as national currency, despite many of its citizens not owning smartphones. Dallas News, 14 Dec. 2022 Naturally, then, speculation about the film’s reshoots has led to rumors that a few Lokis might magic their way into Doctor Strange and Wanda’s orbit. Savannah Salazar, Vulture, 5 May 2022 Still, Richardson Jackson clearly knows how to direct actors and pulls magic out of her cast, creating a production worthy of August Wilson's legacy. Dave Quinn, EW.com, 14 Oct. 2022 Buckley had a vast tonal range from which to choose in his musical palette, from deep trauma to horror to otherworldly magic. Jazz Tangcay, Variety, 14 July 2022 The auction house, through glossy catalogs and (increasingly) online offerings, can magic up artistic legitimacy that once only museums or scholars could assign. New York Times, 23 May 2022 The book opens the door to magic and brings readers inside its world by revealing the artistry, inside history, and fascinating traditions of a subject long shrouded in mystery. cleveland, 18 Mar. 2022 Like most restaurants, high-end sushi counters survived the earliest part of the pandemic by cutting all that magic away and focusing on takeout. New York Times, 4 Jan. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun and Adjective

Middle English magique, from Middle French, from Latin magice, from Greek magikē, feminine of magikos Magian, magical, from magos magus, sorcerer, of Iranian origin; akin to Old Persian maguš sorcerer

First Known Use

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1906, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of magic was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Magic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/magic. Accessed 7 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

magic

noun
mag·​ic
ˈmaj-ik
1
: the power to control natural forces that is possessed by certain persons (as wizards and witches) in folktales and fiction
2
a
: a power that seems mysterious
the magic of a great name
b
: something that charms
the magic of their singing
3
: the art or skill of performing tricks or illusions as if by magic for entertainment
magic adjective
magical
ˈmaj-i-kəl
adjective
magically
-i-k(ə-)lē
adverb

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