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noun mainly literary wonder pronunciation in British English /ˈwʌndə(r)/
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  1. [uncountable] a feeling of surprise, admiration, or pleasure that you get, for example when you have seen something very unusual or beautiful
    Where is the sense of wonder we felt when we were younger?
    Her eyes were wide with wonder and awe.
    in wonder: She gazed at the ocean in wonder.
    1. a.
      [countable] something that makes you have this feeling
      the wonders of modern technology
      Coral reefs are among the natural wonders of the world.
    2. b.
      [countable] someone whom you admire because they can do something difficult
      Charles, you’re a wonder – you always stay so calm!



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