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"magic" in American English

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magicnoun [U]

 us   /ˈmædʒ·ɪk/
  • magic noun [U] (IMAGINARY POWER)

(esp. in ​stories for ​children) the use of ​specialpowers to make things ​happen that would usually be ​impossible: a ​tale of ​witchcraft and magic Magic is also the ​skill of ​performingtricks to ​entertainpeople, such as making things ​seem to ​appear and ​disappear, or the ​tricksperformed: My ​daughterloves doing magic.
  • magic noun [U] (SPECIAL QUALITY)

a ​special, ​excitingquality that makes something or someone different and ​better than ​others: As an ​actress, she has ​lost none of her magic, and she still is ​thrilling to ​watch.
(Definition of magic from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"magic" in British English

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magicnoun [U]

uk   us   /ˈmædʒ.ɪk/
  • magic noun [U] (SPECIAL POWER)

A2 the use of ​specialpowers to make things ​happen that would usually be ​impossible, such as in ​stories for ​children: The ​group is ​known for ​itsbelief in ​witchcraft and magic. As if by magic/Like magic, the ​carchanges into a ​boat when it ​hits the ​water.A2 the ​skill of ​performingtricks to ​entertainpeople, such as making things ​appear and ​disappear and ​pretending to ​cut someone in ​half: He's a ​comedian who also does magic.

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  • magic noun [U] (SPECIAL QUALITY)

B2 a ​special and ​excitingquality that makes something ​seem different from ​ordinary things: Although the ​film was made 50 ​years ago, it has ​lost none of ​its magic. No one could ​fail to be ​charmed by the magic of this ​beautifulcity.

magicadjective

uk   us   /ˈmædʒ.ɪk/
A2 with ​specialpowers: The ​witch put a magic spell on the ​prince and ​turned him into a ​frog. I'll show you a magic trick.B1 happening in an ​unusual or ​unexpected way, or ​easily or ​quickly: There's no magic solution to the ​problem. There's no magic formula for ​winning - just ​lots of hard ​work.

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magicexclamation

uk   us   /ˈmædʒ.ɪk/ UK old-fashioned informal
(Definition of magic from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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