Definition of magic noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈmædʒɪk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmædʒɪk//
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  1. 1  the 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. 2  the art of doing tricks that seem impossible in order to entertain people synonym conjuring
  3. 3  a special quality or ability that somebody/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.
  4. Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French magique, from Latin magicus (adjective), late Latin magica (noun), from Greek magikē (tekhnē) ‘(art of) a magus’: magi were regarded as magicians.Extra examples A hot bath and a good night’s sleep worked their usual magic. Fans agree the musical magic is still there. He earns extra money doing magic at children’s parties. I don’t believe in magic. It’s the director’s job to make the magic happen. Many people think he has lost his magic as a player. People found guilty of practising black magic were hanged. Prospero uses his magic to attack them. The film fails to recapture the magic of his earlier films. The fireworks brought a touch of magic to the occasion. The magic slowly begins to work, and the princess starts to come to life again. The money had reappeared as if by magic. The rabbit disappeared by magic. The show is three hours of pure magic. Visitors can experience the magic of age-old traditions and historical sites. A passage was cleared through the crowd like magic. He suddenly appeared as if by magic. This was a place of secret shadows and ancient magic.Idioms
    weave your magic, weave a spell (over somebody)
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    (especially British English) to perform or behave in a way that is attractive or interesting, or that makes somebody behave in a particular way Will Ronaldo be able to weave his magic against Italy on Wednesday?
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: magic