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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One that evokes surprise, admiration, or wonder. See Synonyms at wonder.
  • n. Strong surprise; astonishment.
  • intransitive v. To become filled with wonder or astonishment.
  • transitive v. To feel amazement or bewilderment at or about: We marveled that they walked away unhurt from the car accident.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. That which causes wonder; a prodigy; a miracle.
  • n. Surprise, astonishment.
  • v. To become filled with wonderment or admiration; to be amazed at something.
  • v. To marvel at.
  • v. To cause to marvel or be surprised.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. That which causes wonder; a prodigy; a miracle.
  • n. Wonder.
  • intransitive v. To be struck with surprise, astonishment, or wonder; to wonder.
  • transitive v. To marvel at.
  • transitive v. To cause to marvel, or be surprised; -- used impersonally.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To wonder at; be struck with surprise at; be perplexed with curiosity about: with a clause for object.
  • To be filled with admiration, astonishment, or amazement; wonder.
  • To appear wonderful; seem or be a wonder.
  • Wonderful; marvelous.
  • n. That which causes wonder; an astonishing thing; a wonder; a prodigy.
  • n. Admiration; astonishment; wonder.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. be amazed at
  • v. express astonishment or surprise about something
  • n. something that causes feelings of wonder

Etymologies

Middle English marvail, from Old French merveille, from Vulgar Latin *miribilia, alteration of Latin mīrābilia, wonderful things, from neuter pl. of mīrābilis, wonderful, from mīrārī, to wonder, from mīrus, wonderful; see smei- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
First attested from 1300, from Middle English marvail, from Old French merveille ("a wonder"), from Vulgar Latin *miribilia, from Latin mirabilia ("wonderful things"), from neuter plural of mirabilis ("strange, wonderful"), from miror ("I wonder at"), from mirus ("wonderful"). (Wiktionary)

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