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noun spirit pronunciation in British English /ˈspɪrɪt/
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pluralspirits
  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] your attitude to life or to other people
    Compassion is only one aspect of the human spirit.
    an adventurous/creative/independent spirit
    1. a.
      [singular] the attitude of people in a group
      a spirit of cooperation
      You become aware of a powerful community spirit.
  2. 2

    spirits

    [plural] your mood, or your attitude
    She tried singing to keep her spirits up.
    lift/raise someone’s spirits: The bad weather did nothing to lift her spirits.
    high/good spirits: Dad’s in high spirits today, isn’t he?
  3. 3
    [uncountable] an enthusiastic or determined attitude
    She was admired for her spirit and passion.
  4. 4
    [uncountable] the general or real meaning of something
    Each country should honour the spirit of the treaty.
    the spirit behind the words the author has written
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