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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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"wonder" in British 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 Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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