WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
won•der /ˈwʌndɚ/USA pronunciation   v. 
  1. to think about and ask oneself about something;
    to be curious about;
    speculate: [no object]says he didn't do it, but I still wonder.[+ clause]I wonder what she's doing tonight.
  2. to be filled with awe or amazement;
    be stunned;
    marvel:[no object]I have often wondered at her cleverness.
  3. This word is sometimes used to introduce a request:[+ clause]I wonder if you would help me.

n. 
  1. a feeling of amazement, puzzled interest, or reverent admiration:[uncountable]We were filled with wonder when we saw the great cathedral.
  2. a cause of surprise, astonishment, or admiration:[countable]one of the wonders of the ancient world.

adj. [before a noun]
  1. being very good or amazing in effect or ability:a new wonder drug.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
won•der  (wundər),USA pronunciation v.i. 
  1. to think or speculate curiously:to wonder about the origin of the solar system.
  2. to be filled with admiration, amazement, or awe;
    marvel (often fol. by at):He wondered at her composure in such a crisis.
  3. to doubt:I wonder if she'll really get here.

v.t. 
  1. to speculate curiously or be curious about;
    be curious to know:to wonder what happened.
  2. to feel wonder at:I wonder that you went.

n. 
  1. something strange and surprising;
    a cause of surprise, astonishment, or admiration:That building is a wonder. It is a wonder he declined such an offer.
  2. the emotion excited by what is strange and surprising;
    a feeling of surprised or puzzled interest, sometimes tinged with admiration:He felt wonder at seeing the Grand Canyon.
  3. miraculous deed or event;
    remarkable phenomenon.
  4. for a wonder, as the reverse of what might be expected;
    surprisingly:For a wonder, they worked hard all day.
wonder•er, n. 
wonder•less, adj. 
  • bef. 900; (noun, nominal) Middle English; Old English wundor; cognate with Dutch wonder, German Wunder, Old Norse undr; (verb, verbal) Middle English wonderen, Old English wundrian, derivative of the noun, nominal
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged conjecture, meditate, ponder, question.
    • 5.See corresponding entry in Unabridged marvel.
    • 7.See corresponding entry in Unabridged surprise, astonishment, amazement, bewilderment, awe.


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

wonder /ˈwʌndə/ n
  1. the feeling excited by something strange; a mixture of surprise, curiosity, and sometimes awe
  2. something that causes such a feeling, such as a miracle
  3. (modifier) exciting wonder by virtue of spectacular results achieved, feats performed, etc: a wonder drug, a wonder horse
  4. do wonders, work wondersto achieve spectacularly fine results
  5. for a wondersurprisingly or amazingly
  6. nine days' wondera subject that arouses general surprise or public interest for a short time
  7. no wonder ⇒ (sentence connector) (I am) not surprised at all (that): no wonder he couldn't come
  8. small wonder ⇒ (sentence connector) (I am) hardly surprised (that): small wonder he couldn't make it tonight
vb (when tr, may take a clause as object)
  1. when intr, often followed by about: to indulge in speculative inquiry, often accompanied by an element of doubt (concerning something): I wondered about what she said, I wonder what happened
  2. when intr, often followed by at: to be amazed (at something): I wonder at your impudence
Etymology: Old English wundor; related to Old Saxon wundar, Old Norse undr, German Wunder

ˈwonderer n



Wonder /ˈwʌndə/ n
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Collocations: I wonder [what, how, why, when, where, who], the seven wonders of the world, (she is) a wonder [child, student], more...

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