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wonder noun

1 feeling of surprise/admiration

ADJ. great | childlike, wide-eyed

VERB + WONDER feel | express There aren't any words to express properly all the wonder that I feel. | gaze in, stare in She gazed down in wonder at the city spread below her. | be filled with, be full of The children's faces were full of wonder as they gazed up at the Christmas tree.

WONDER + NOUN cure, drug

PREP. in ~ Neville shook his head in wonder at it all | with ~ She held her breath with wonder and delight. | ~ at

PHRASES a feeling/sense of wonder

2 amazing thing/person

ADJ. natural Iceland is full hot springs, beautifully coloured rocks, and other natural wonders. | scientific | constant, perpetual It was a constant wonder to me that my father didn't die of exhaustion. | nine days, seven-day She was determined to prove she was no seven-day wonder whose promise would remain unfulfilled. | boy (humorous) (also wonder boy) the new boy wonder of French football | one-hit (humorous) The band aren't the one-hit wonders some had feared: their second album contains some great rap music.

PHRASES do/work wonders (for sb/sth) The change of diet has done wonders for my skin. A good night's sleep and a hearty breakfast worked wonders. | the wonders of modern science/technology Thanks to the wonders of modern science, many common diseases will soon be things of the past. | the wonders of the world The palace has been described as the eighth wonder of the world.