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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. for a wonder, 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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