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Meaning of wonder

won•der

Pronunciation: (wun'dur), [key]
— v.i.
  1. to think or speculate curiously: to wonder about the origin of the solar system.
  2. to be filled with admiration, amazement, or awe; marvel (often fol. by at): He wondered at her composure in such a crisis.
  3. to doubt: I wonder if she'll really get here.
—v.t.
  1. to speculate curiously or be curious about; be curious to know: to wonder what happened.
  2. to feel wonder at: I wonder that you went.
—n.
  1. something strange and surprising; a cause of surprise, astonishment, or admiration: That building is a wonder. It is a wonder he declined such an offer.
  2. the emotion excited by what is strange and surprising; a feeling of surprised or puzzled interest, sometimes tinged with admiration: He felt wonder at seeing the Grand Canyon.
  3. miraculous deed or event; remarkable phenomenon.
  4. as the reverse of what might be expected; surprisingly: For a wonder, they worked hard all day.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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