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"wonder" in English

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wonderverb

uk /ˈwʌn.dər/ us /ˈwʌn.dɚ/

wonder verb (QUESTION)

B1 [ I ] to ask yourself questions or express a wish to know about something:

[ + question word ] Shouldn't you phone home? 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 /ˈwʌn.dɚ/

[ U ] a feeling of great surprise and admiration caused 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 boys gazed in wonder at the shiny red Ferrari.

[ C usually plural ] an object that causes a feeling of great surprise and admiration:

We spent a week visiting the wonders of Ancient Greek civilization.
With all the wonders of modern technology, why has no one come up with a way to make aircraft quieter?

[ C ] informal an extremely useful or skilful person:

Our new babysitter's a wonder - she'll come at very short notice and the kids love her.

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

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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 great surprise and admiration, or someone or something that causes such feelings:

[ U ] People simply stared 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.

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

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wonder

I often wonder why we have been discussing these key technologies here for so many years and why these supposedly key technologies do not succeed in the marketplace.
One might well wonder why.
I therefore wonder whether the right to a review of arrests could be a consideration in the issue of remand times.
I wonder when the treatment and transport of animals will be seen as part of the public health and food safety chain.
You should go and see what a shambles they have become, and you are bound to wonder for how long they were actively in use.
When a lorry fills your rear-view mirror, are you going to wonder whether that driver is employed and rested, or self-employed and potentially tired and dangerous?
I wonder about that.
I wonder how this will develop.
I personally wonder about the procedure used to calculate the cost of externalising or privatising this service, compared with the cost of the previous contracts.
I wonder, therefore, how is it that you too have not yet found out about it, so that you can make the relevant observations today.