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Definition of magic noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1the secret power of appearing to make impossible things happen by saying special words or doing special things Do you believe in magic? a place of secret shadows and ancient magic He suddenly appeared as if by magic. A passage was cleared through the crowd like magic. see also black magic
  2. 2the art of doing tricks that seem impossible in order to entertain people synonym conjuring
  3. 3a special quality or ability that someone or something has, that seems too wonderful to be real synonym enchantment dance and music which capture the magic of India He loved the magic and mystery of the place. Like all truly charismatic people, he can work his magic on both men and women. Our year in Italy was pure/sheer magic. He's returning to the team this season, hoping that the old magic can be made to work once more.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: magic