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WONDER

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does wonder mean? 

WONDER (noun)
  The noun WONDER has 3 senses:

1. the feeling aroused by something strange and surprising
2. something that causes feelings of wonder
3. a state in which you want to learn more about something

  Familiarity information: WONDER used as a noun is uncommon.


WONDER (verb)
  The verb WONDER has 3 senses:

1. have a wish or desire to know something
2. place in doubt or express doubtful speculation
3. be amazed at

  Familiarity information: WONDER used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


WONDER (noun)


Sense 1wonder [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The feeling aroused by something strange and surprising

Classified under:

Nouns denoting feelings and emotions

Synonyms:

wonder; wonderment; admiration

Hypernyms ("wonder" is a kind of...):

amazement; astonishment (the feeling that accompanies something extremely surprising)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "wonder"):

awe (an overwhelming feeling of wonder or admiration)


Sense 2wonder [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Something that causes feelings of wonder

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Synonyms:

marvel; wonder

Context example:

the wonders of modern science

Hypernyms ("wonder" is a kind of...):

happening; natural event; occurrence; occurrent (an event that happens)


Sense 3wonder [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A state in which you want to learn more about something

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

curiosity; wonder

Hypernyms ("wonder" is a kind of...):

cognitive state; state of mind (the state of a person's cognitive processes)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "wonder"):

desire to know; lust for learning; thirst for knowledge (curiosity that motivates investigation and study)

interest; involvement (a sense of concern with and curiosity about someone or something)

curiousness; inquisitiveness (a state of active curiosity)


WONDER (verb)


Sense 1wonder [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Have a wish or desire to know something

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

wonder; inquire; enquire

Context example:

He wondered who had built this beautiful church

Hypernyms (to "wonder" is one way to...):

query; question (pose a question)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "wonder"):

request (inquire for (information))

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s whether INFINITIVE


Sense 2wonder [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Place in doubt or express doubtful speculation

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

wonder; question

Context examples:

I wonder whether this was the right thing to do / she wondered whether it would snow tonight

Hypernyms (to "wonder" is one way to...):

chew over; contemplate; excogitate; meditate; mull; mull over; muse; ponder; reflect; ruminate; speculate; think over (reflect deeply on a subject)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "wonder"):

scruple (have doubts about)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s whether INFINITIVE

Sentence example:

They wonder whether there was a traffic accident


Sense 3wonder [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be amazed at

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

marvel; wonder

Context example:

We marvelled at the child's linguistic abilities

Hypernyms (to "wonder" is one way to...):

react; respond (show a response or a reaction to something)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something

Sentence example:

Sam and Sue wonder over the results of the experiment


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