WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2014
won•der /ˈwʌndɚ/USA pronunciation
- 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.
- [no object] to be filled with awe or amazement; be stunned;
marvel:I have often wondered at her cleverness.
- [~ + clause] This word is sometimes used to introduce a request:I wonder if you would help me.
adj. [before a noun]
- [uncountable] a feeling of amazement, puzzled interest, or reverent admiration:We were filled with wonder when we saw the great cathedral.
- [countable] a cause of surprise, astonishment, or admiration:one of the wonders of the ancient world.
- being very good or amazing in effect or ability:a new wonder drug.
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wonder /ˈwʌndə/ n
vb (when tr, may take a clause as object)
- the feeling excited by something strange; a mixture of surprise, curiosity, and sometimes awe
- something that causes such a feeling, such as a miracle
- (modifier) exciting wonder by virtue of spectacular results achieved, feats performed, etc: a wonder drug, a wonder horse
- do wonders, work wonders ⇒ to achieve spectacularly fine results
- for a wonder ⇒ surprisingly or amazingly
- nine days' wonder ⇒ a subject that arouses general surprise or public interest for a short time
- no wonder ⇒ (sentence connector) (I am) not surprised at all (that): no wonder he couldn't come
- small wonder ⇒ (sentence connector) (I am) hardly surprised (that): small wonder he couldn't make it tonight
Etymology: Old English wundor; related to Old Saxon wundar, Old Norse undr, German Wunderˈwonderer n
- 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
- when intr, often followed by at: to be amazed (at something): I wonder at your impudence
Wonder /ˈwʌndə/ n
- Stevie. real name Steveland Judkins Morris. born 1950, US Motown singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. His recordings include Up-Tight (1966), "Superstition" (1972), Innervisions (1973), Songs in the Key of Life (1976), and "I Just Called to Say I Love You" (1985)
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