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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 ​innercharacter of a ​person, ​thought of as different from the ​materialperson we can ​see and ​touch: [U] All her ​life she ​remainedyoung in spirit, ​bubbling with ​ideas. [C] It is a ​belief of many ​religions that ​your spirit ​lives on after ​yourbodydies. [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 ​orchestraperformed the ​symphony with ​great spirit.

spiritverb [T always + adv/prep]

 us   /ˈspɪr·ɪt/

spirit verb [T always + adv/prep] (MOVE)

to move someone or something ​secretly: [M] Everyone ​wonders who spirited away the ​body.
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spiritnoun

uk   us   /ˈspɪr.ɪt/

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 ​particulargroup of ​people, an ​activity, a ​time, or a ​place: The ​players have a very ​strong team spirit (= ​loyalty to each other). As ​rockmusicians in the 1960s, they were very much ​part of the spirit of the ​age/​times. We ​acted in a spirit ofcooperation.spirits B2 [plural] the way a ​person is ​feeling: I've been in high/​low spirits (= ​feelinghappy/​sad)lately. Her spirits lifted/​rose (= she ​felthappier) as she ​read the ​letter. The ​negativereply 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 ​tennisclub 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 ​religionsbelievecontinue to ​exist after the ​bodydies: 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 ​deadperson, ​similar to a ghost, or the ​feeling that a ​deadperson is ​presentalthough you cannot ​see them: an ​evil spirit The spirits of long-dead ​warriorsseemed to ​haunt the ​area.
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spirit noun (ENTHUSIASM)

[U] approving enthusiasm, ​energy, or ​courage: The ​orchestraperformed The Rite of Spring withgreat spirit. The ​torturefailed to break the prisoner's spirit.

spirit noun (ALCOHOL)

C1 [C or U] a ​strongalcoholicdrink: Vodka is a ​type of spirit. Spirits are more ​expensive than ​beer, but they get you ​drunkfaster. [U] Some ​types of spirit are ​alcoholicliquids used ​especially for ​cleaning, ​mixing with ​paint, etc.: Thin the ​paint with white spirit.

spiritverb

uk   us   /ˈspɪr.ɪt/
spirit sb/sth away, off, out, etc. to ​move someone or something out of or away from a ​placesecretly: Somehow the ​prisonersmanaged to spirit ​news out to the ​worldoutside.
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