- 1 [transitive, intransitive] to think about something and try to decide what is true, what will happen, what you should do, etc. wonder who, where, etc… I wonder who she is. I wonder why he left his job. I was just beginning to wonder where you were. wonder (about something) ‘Why do you want to know?’ ‘No particular reason. I was just wondering.’ We were wondering about next April for the wedding. + speech ‘What should I do now?’ she wondered.
- 2 [transitive] wonder if, whether… used as a polite way of asking a question or asking somebody to do something I wonder if you can help me. I was wondering whether you'd like to come to a party.
- 3[intransitive, transitive] to be very surprised by something wonder (at something) She wondered at her own stupidity. (British English, informal) He's gone and left us to do all the work, I shouldn't wonder (= I wouldn't be surprised if he had). wonder (that)… I wonder (that) he didn’t hurt himself jumping over that wall. I don't wonder you're tired. You've had a busy day. Word Origin Old English wundor (noun), wundrian (verb), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch wonder and German Wunder, of unknown ultimate origin.Extra examples Where’s Natasha? she wondered aloud. Why do you ask? I just wondered. He’s behaving so strangely. It makes you wonder whether he’s in trouble somehow. His obvious hunger made her wonder how long he had been up and about. I always wondered why you never got married. I can’t help wondering if he lost on purpose. I couldn’t help but wonder what he was thinking. I sometimes wonder who’s crazier, him or me. I wondered uneasily if anything had happened to the children. I wondered vaguely whether Robert could be the murderer. We’d wondered about you as a possible team member. You have to wonder just what he sees in her. You’re probably wondering what all the fuss is about.
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BrE BrE//ˈwʌndə(r)//; NAmE NAmE//ˈwʌndər//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they wonder
BrE BrE//ˈwʌndə(r)//; NAmE NAmE//ˈwʌndər//he / she / it wonders
BrE BrE//ˈwʌndəz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈwʌndərz//past simple wondered
BrE BrE//ˈwʌndəd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈwʌndərd//past participle wondered
BrE BrE//ˈwʌndəd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈwʌndərd//-ing form wondering
BrE BrE//ˈwʌndərɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈwʌndərɪŋ//