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Meaning of “wonder” in the English Dictionary

"wonder" in British English

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wonderverb

uk   /ˈwʌn.dər/  us   /-dɚ/
  • wonder verb (QUESTION)

B1 [I] to ​ask yourself ​questions or ​express a ​wish to ​know about something: [+ question word] Shouldn't you ​phonehome? Your ​parents will be wondering where you are. He's ​starting to wonder whether he did the ​right thing in ​accepting this ​job. [+ speech] Will this ​turkey be ​big enough for eight, I wonder? "Have you ​decided where you're going next ​summer?" "I've been wondering about (= ​considering) going to Florida."B1 used in ​phrases, at the ​beginning of a ​request, to make it more ​formal and ​polite: We were wondering if/whether you'd like to have ​dinner with us some ​time? [+ question word] I wonder whether you could ​pass me the ​butter? I wonder if you could give me some ​information about ​places to ​visit in the ​area?

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wondernoun

uk   /ˈwʌn.dər/  us   /-dɚ/
[U] a ​feeling of ​greatsurprise and ​admirationcaused by ​seeing or ​experiencing something that is ​strange and new: The ​sight of the Grand Canyon ​stretching out before them filled them with wonder. The ​boysgazed in wonder at the ​shinyred Ferrari. [C usually plural] an ​object that ​causes a ​feeling of ​greatsurprise and ​admiration: We ​spent a ​weekvisiting the wonders of Ancient ​Greekcivilization. With all the wonders of ​moderntechnology, why has no one come up with a way to make ​aircraftquieter? [C] informal an ​extremelyuseful or ​skilfulperson: Our new babysitter's a wonder - she'll come at very ​shortnotice and the ​kidslove her.

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

"wonder" in American English

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wonderverb

 us   /ˈwʌn·dər/
  • wonder verb (QUESTION)

to ​think about things in a questioning and sometimes doubting way: [I] I often wonder about those ​kids. [+ question word] I wonder what he is doing here. [I] Don’t you ​ever wonder if she’s ​happy?

wondernoun [C/U]

 us   /ˈwʌn·dər/
  • wonder noun [C/U] (SURPRISE)

a ​feeling of ​greatsurprise and ​admiration, or someone or something that ​causes such ​feelings: [U] People ​simplystared at her in wonder. [C] She’s a wonder! [U] If you didn’t ​study, no wonder you ​failed the ​test. [C] Among the wonders of ​medicine is ​anesthetic.
(Definition of wonder from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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