Meaning of “miracle” in the English Dictionary

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"miracle" in British English

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miraclenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈmɪr.ə.kəl/ us /ˈmɪr.ə.kəl/

B2 an unusual and mysterious event that is thought to have been caused by a god because it does not follow the usual laws of nature:

Jesus Christ was said to have performed miracles like turning water into wine.

a very lucky event that is surprising and unexpected :

[ + (that) ] Looking at the state of his car, it's a miracle (that) he wasn't killed!
I can't promise a miracle cure, but I think we can improve things.

an excellent achievement in a particular area of activity :

I considered my recovery to be a miracle of modern medicine.

More examples

  • You've performed a miracle on this kitchen - I've never seen it so clean!
  • It's a miracle nobody died in the accident.
  • Barring miracles, the company will go out of business very soon.
  • The treatment is a miracle of modern medicine.

(Definition of “miracle” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"miracle" in American English

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miraclenoun [ C ]

us /ˈmɪr·ə·kəl/

an unusual and mysterious event that is thought to have been caused by God

A miracle is also any surprising and unexpected event:

[ + (that) clause ] It’s a miracle (that) he wasn’t killed in that car crash.

(Definition of “miracle” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)