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marvel

[mahr-vuh l] /ˈmɑr vəl/
noun
1.
something that causes wonder, admiration, or astonishment; a wonderful thing; a wonder or prodigy:
The new bridge is an engineering marvel.
2.
Archaic. the feeling of wonder; astonishment.
verb (used with object), marveled, marveling or (especially British) marvelled, marvelling.
3.
to wonder at (usually followed by a clause as object):
I marvel that you were able to succeed against such odds.
4.
to wonder or be curious about (usually followed by a clause as object):
A child marvels that the stars can be.
verb (used without object), marveled, marveling or (especially British) marvelled, marvelling.
5.
to be filled with wonder, admiration, or astonishment, as at something surprising or extraordinary:
I marvel at your courage.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English mervel < Old French merveil(l)e < Late Latin mīrābilia marvels, noun use of neuter plural of Latin mīrābilis marvelous. See admirable
Related forms
marvelment, noun
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Examples from the web for marvel
  • Located beside the lake for which the city is named, the campus is spectacular and visitors marvel at its beauty.
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  • Even for creatures as ingenious as ants, it's a device to marvel at.
  • The setting is spectacular and the house is a marvel.
  • As you marvel at my math skills, let me point out that all of these words add up.
  • When all goes well, you marvel at the speed and reliability of the technology.
  • marvel at the revolutionary imaging system used to guide a surgeon's scalpel in a delicate brain-tumor operation.
  • The medical marvel survived rabies without vaccination.
  • Now it is economists' turn to marvel at the scale and pace of events.
  • So it is with the refrigerator, a modern marvel that has become roughly as thrilling as a toaster oven.
British Dictionary definitions for marvel

marvel

/ˈmɑːvəl/
verb -vels, -velling, -velled (US) -vels, -veling, -veled
1.
when intr, often foll by at or about; when tr, takes a clause as object. to be filled with surprise or wonder
noun
2.
something that causes wonder
3.
(archaic) astonishment
Word Origin
C13: from Old French merveille, from Late Latin mīrābilia, from Latin mīrābilis, from mīrārī to wonder at
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Word Origin and History for marvel
n.

c.1300, "miracle," also "wonderful story or legend," from Old French merveille "a wonder, surprise, miracle," from Vulgar Latin *miribilia (also source of Spanish maravilla, Portuguese maravilha, Italian maraviglia), altered from Latin mirabilia "wonderful things," from neuter plural of mirabilis "wonderful, marvelous, extraordinary; strange, singular," from mirari "to wonder at," from mirus "wonderful" (see smile). A neuter plural treated in Vulgar Latin as a feminine singular. Related: Marvels.

v.

c.1300, "to be filled with wonder," from Old French merveillier "to wonder at, be astonished," from merveille (see marvel (n.)). Related: Marveled; marveling.

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