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spiritnoun

us   /ˈspɪr·ɪt/
  • spirit noun (STATE OF MIND)

[U] a state of mind or attitude: It’s very important to play the game in the right spirit. Rock music in the 1960s expressed the spirit of the times.
  • spirit noun (INNER CHARACTER)

[C/U] the inner character of a person, thought of as different from the material person we can see and touch: [U] All her life she remained young in spirit, bubbling with ideas. [C] It is a belief of many religions that your spirit lives on after your body dies.
[C/U] A spirit is also something that can be felt to be present but cannot be seen, similar to a ghost.
  • spirit noun (ENTHUSIASM)

[U] enthusiasm and energy: The orchestra performed the symphony with great spirit.

spiritverb [T always + adv/prep]

us   /ˈspɪr·ɪt/
to move someone or something secretly: [M] Everyone wonders who spirited away the body.
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"spirit" in British English

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spiritnoun

uk   /ˈspɪr.ɪt/ us   /ˈspɪr.ət/
  • spirit noun (WAY OF FEELING)

B2 [S or U] a particular way of thinking, feeling, or behaving, especially a way that is typical of a particular group of people, an activity, a time, or a place: The players have a very strong team spirit (= loyalty to each other). As rock musicians in the 1960s, they were very much part of the spirit of the age/times. We acted in a spirit of cooperation.
spirits B2 [plural]
the way a person is feeling: I've been in high/low spirits (= feeling happy/sad) lately. Her spirits lifted/rose (= she felt happier) as she read the letter. The negative reply dashed his spirits (= made him unhappy).
the spirit of a law, rule, etc.
the principle that a law, rule, etc. was created to make stronger, rather than the particular things it says you must or must not do: They followed neither the spirit nor the letter of the law.
enter/get into the spirit
to show enthusiasm and enjoyment: They went to the tennis club a few times but never really got into the spirit of it.
that's the spirit
used to approve or encourage someone's positive attitude (= way of thinking) or action: "Come on, we can win this game." "That's the spirit."

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  • spirit noun (NOT BODY)

C1 [U] the characteristics of a person that are considered as being separate from the body, and that many religions believe continue to exist after the body dies: Although he's now living in America, I feel he's with me in spirit (= I feel he is present and is influencing me, in a way that is not physical).
B2 [C] the form of a dead person, similar to a ghost, or the feeling that a dead person is present although you cannot see them: an evil spirit The spirits of long-dead warriors seemed to haunt the area.

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spiritverb

uk   /ˈspɪr.ɪt/ us   /ˈspɪr.ət/
(Definition of spirit from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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