Definition of wonder verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    wonder

     verb
    verb
    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//
     
     
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  1. 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. 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. 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.
  4. 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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