Definition of spirit noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

      

    spirit

     noun
    noun
    NAmE//ˈspɪrət//
     
     
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    mind/feelings/character
  1. 1[uncountable, countable] the part of a person that includes their mind, feelings, and character rather than their body the power of the human spirit to overcome difficulties
  2. 2spirits [plural] a person's feelings or state of mind to be in high/low spirits You must try and keep your spirits up (= stay cheerful). My spirits sank at the prospect of starting all over again.
  3. 3[countable] (always with an adjective) a person of the type mentioned a brave spirit kindred spirits (= people who like the same things as you) see also free spirit
  4. courage/determination
  5. 4[uncountable] courage, determination, or energy Show a little fighting spirit. Although the team lost, they played with tremendous spirit. They took away his freedom and broke his spirit.
  6. loyal feelings
  7. 5[uncountable, singular] loyal feelings toward a group, team, or society There's not much community spirit around here. see also team spirit
  8. attitude
  9. 6 [singular] a state of mind or mood; an attitude We approached the situation in the wrong spirit. “OK, I'll try.” “That's the spirit (= the right attitude).” The party went well because everyone entered into the spirit of things.
  10. typical quality
  11. 7[singular] the typical or most important quality or mood of something The exhibition captures the spirit of the age/times.
  12. real meaning
  13. 8[uncountable] the real or intended meaning or purpose of something Obey the spirit, not the letter (= the narrow meaning of the words) of the law.
  14. soul
  15. 9[countable] the soul thought of as separate from the body and believed to live on after death; a ghost He is dead, but his spirit lives on. It was believed that people could be possessed by evil spirits. see also the Holy Spirit
  16. imaginary creature
  17. 10[countable] (old-fashioned) an imaginary creature with magic powers, for example, a fairy or an ELF
  18. alcohol
  19. 11 [countable, usually plural] (old-fashioned) a strong alcoholic drink I don't drink whiskey or brandy or any other spirits.
  20. 12 [uncountable] a special type of alcohol used in industry or medicine
  21. Idioms
    as/when/if the spirit moves you
     
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    as/when/if you feel like it I'll go for a run this evening, if the spirit moves me.
    fighting spirit
     
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    a feeling that you are ready to fight very hard for something or to try something difficult
    in your thoughts I will be with you in spirit (= thinking about you though not with you physically).
    raise somebody's spirits
     
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    to make someone feel more cheerful or brave synonym cheer somebody up The sunny weather raised my spirits a little.
    the spirit is willing (but the flesh is weak)(humorous)(saying)
     
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    you intend to do good things but you are too lazy, weak, or busy to actually do them
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