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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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  • Anyone who regularly attends new-music concerts has surely marveled at the versatility required of the participants.
  • She marveled in this little nation's fight for survival.
  • Physicians have long marveled at the body's ability to heal itself.
  • Those that had the privilege of working with him marveled at his vast knowledge, keen insight, and detailed approach.
  • Researchers have long marveled over the dance of the honeybee.
  • Veteran coaches marveled at his polished pull-up jumper.
  • Many marveled at their first sight of an ice cream cone.
  • They gushed about the setting and marveled about the beauty of the bride.
  • Biologists have marveled at the spiraling extravagance of some waterfowl penises.
  • Musicians marveled at the fact that he never practiced and that his hands were free of the calluses that afflict other drummers.
British Dictionary definitions for marveled

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 marveled

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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