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spirit

noun uk   us   /ˈspɪr.ɪt/

spirit noun (WAY OF FEELING)

B2 [S or U] a particular way of thinking, feeling, or behaving, especially a way that is typical of a particular group of people, an activity, a time, or a place: The players have a very strong team spirit (= loyalty to each other). As rock musicians in the 1960s, they were very much part of the spirit of the age/times. We acted in a spirit of cooperation.spirits B2 [plural] the way a person is feeling: I've been in high/low spirits (= feeling happy/sad) lately. Her spirits lifted/rose (= she felt happier) as she read the letter. The negative reply dashed his spirits (= made him unhappy).the spirit of a law, rule, etc. the principle that a law, rule, etc. was created to make stronger, rather than the particular things it says you must or must not do: They followed neither the spirit nor the letter of the law.enter/get into the spirit to show enthusiasm and enjoyment: They went to the tennis club a few times but never really got into the spirit of it.that's the spirit used to approve or encourage someone's positive attitude (= way of thinking) or action: "Come on, we can win this game." "That's the spirit."
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spirit noun (NOT BODY)

C1 [U] the characteristics of a person that are considered as being separate from the body, and that many religions believe continue to exist after the body dies: Although he's now living in America, I feel he's with me in spirit (= I feel he is present and is influencing me, in a way that is not physical).B2 [C] the form of a dead person, similar to a ghost, or the feeling that a dead person is present although you cannot see them: an evil spirit The spirits of long-dead warriors seemed to haunt the area.
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spirit noun (ENTHUSIASM)

[U] approving enthusiasm, energy, or courage: The orchestra performed The Rite of Spring with great spirit. The torture failed to break the prisoner's spirit.

spirit noun (ALCOHOL)

C1 [C or U] a strong alcoholic drink: Vodka is a type of spirit. Spirits are more expensive than beer, but they get you drunk faster. [U] Some types of spirit are alcoholic liquids used especially for cleaning, mixing with paint, etc.: Thin the paint with white spirit.

spirit

verb uk   us   /ˈspɪr.ɪt/
spirit sb/sth away, off, out, etc. to move someone or something out of or away from a place secretly: Somehow the prisoners managed to spirit news out to the world outside.
(Definition of spirit from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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