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



    BrE BrE//ˈmɪrəkl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɪrəkl//
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  1. 1 [countable] an act or event that does not follow the laws of nature and is believed to be caused by God synonym wonder
  2. 2[singular] (informal) a lucky thing that happens that you did not expect or think was possible synonym wonder an economic miracle It’s a miracle (that) nobody was killed in the crash. It would take a miracle to make this business profitable. a miracle cure/drug
  3. 3[countable] miracle of something a very good example or product of something synonym wonder The car is a miracle of engineering.
  4. Word OriginMiddle English: via Old French from Latin miraculum ‘object of wonder’, from mirari ‘to wonder’, from mirus ‘wonderful’.Extra examples Don’t expect this medicine to work miracles. It would take a miracle to get the old car going again. The letter’s survival is something of a minor miracle. A colony of bees is a miracle of organization. It’s a miracle that nobody was killed. There is still no miracle cure for this condition. You shouldn’t expect the treatment to work miracles.Idioms to achieve very good results Her exercise programme has worked miracles for her.
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