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verb     wonder pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
present tense
present participlewondering
past tensewondered
past participlewondered
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to think about something because you want to know more facts or details about it

    ‘How did they find out?’ she wondered.

    wonder how/what/when etc:

    I wonder what we can do to help Sylvia.

    wonder if/whether:

    I wonder if they’ll get married.

    wonder about:

    I was wondering about the best place for a holiday.

    1. a.
      to think about someone or something because you have doubts or are worried about them
      wonder about:

      I wonder about him sometimes, I really do.

      wonder whether/if/how etc:

      I wonder whether it was wise to let her travel alone.

  2. 2
    [intransitive] to admire someone or something and feel surprised by how beautiful or unusual they are
    wonder at:

    It’s hard not to wonder at the miracle of a newborn baby.



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