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spirit

noun  /ˈspɪr·ɪt/ us  

spirit noun (STATE OF MIND)

[U] a state of mind or attitude: It’s very important to play the game in the right spirit. Rock music in the 1960s expressed the spirit of the times.

spirit noun (INNER CHARACTER)

[C/U] the inner character of a person, thought of as different from the material person we can see and touch: [U] All her life she remained young in spirit, bubbling with ideas. [C] It is a belief of many religions that your spirit lives on after your body dies. [C/U] A spirit is also something that can be felt to be present but cannot be seen, similar to a ghost .

spirit noun (ENTHUSIASM)

[U] enthusiasm and energy: The orchestra performed the symphony with great spirit.

spirit

verb [T always + adv/prep]  /ˈspɪr·ɪt/ us  

spirit verb [T always + adv/prep] (MOVE)

to move someone or something secretly: [M] Everyone wonders who spirited away the body.
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