American English

Definition of wonder noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[uncountable] a feeling of surprise and admiration that you have when you see or experience something beautiful, unusual, or unexpected synonym awe He retained a childlike sense of wonder. She gazed down in wonder at the city spread below her.
  2. 2[countable] something that fills you with surprise and admiration synonym marvel The Grand Canyon is one of the natural wonders of the world. the wonders of modern technology That's the wonder of poetry—you're always discovering something new. the Seven Wonders of the World (= the seven most impressive structures of the ancient world)
  3. 3[singular] (informal) a person who is very good at doing something; a person or thing that seems very good or effective Jeff, you're a wonder! I would never have thought of doing that. Have you seen the boy wonder play yet? a new wonder drug
  4. Idioms
    do wonders (for somebody/something)
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    to have a very good effect on someone or something The news has done wonders for our morale.
    it's a wonder (that)… (informal)
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    it is surprising or strange It's a wonder (that) more people weren't hurt.
    (it's) no/little/small wonder (that)…
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    it is not surprising It's no small wonder (that) she was so upset. (informal) No wonder you're tired, you've been walking for hours.
    wonders will never cease (informal) (usually ironic)
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    a phrase used to express surprise and pleasure at something “I cleaned my room.” “Wonders will never cease!”
    work wonders
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    to achieve very good results Her new diet and exercise program has worked wonders for her.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: wonder