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wonder

verb uk   /ˈwʌn.dər/ us    /-dɚ/

wonder verb (QUESTION)

B1 [I] to ask yourself questions or express a wish to know about something: [+ question word] Hadn't you better 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: [+ speech] I wonder - could you help me carry these books? [+ 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?

wonder verb (SURPRISE)

[I] formal to feel or express great surprise at something: [+ (that)] He was behaving so badly at school today, I wonder (that) he wasn't sent home. I don't wonder (that) she burst into tears after the way you spoke to her.

wonder

noun uk   /ˈwʌn.dər/ us    /-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 an absolute wonder - she'll come at very short notice and the children love her.
(Definition of wonder from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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