- something that causes wonder, admiration, or astonishment; a wonderful thing; a wonder or prodigy: The new bridge is an engineering marvel.
- Archaic. the feeling of wonder; astonishment.
- to wonder at (usually followed by a clause as object): I marvel that you were able to succeed against such odds.
- to wonder or be curious about (usually followed by a clause as object): A child marvels that the stars can be.
- to be filled with wonder, admiration, or astonishment, as at something surprising or extraordinary: I marvel at your courage.
Origin of marvel
Examples from the Web for marveled
One national Democrat marveled that “We have successfully made the race about public education, which is a miracle.”In Tarheel State, Democratic Senate Incumbent Bucks National GOP Trend
October 20, 2014
I also marveled that the NSA allowed Nielsen was allowed to make this info public.The Night I Slept With Samuel Jackson
June 7, 2014
I loved the displays and marveled at the makeshift galleries, but these days even that small bit of color is gone.How I’ll End the War: The Trip Over to Afghanistan
April 23, 2014
“This is something that is stark and remarkable,” Pelosi marveled.Janet Yellen Lauded at the Capitol for Women’s History Month
March 26, 2014
Alig and his gang had been paraded on daytime television and marveled at by talk show hosts like Phil Donahue and Joan Rivers.The Party Monster Lives For the Applause: Michael Alig’s Second Act
February 28, 2014
He marveled dully over the sensation—it was wholly new to him.Within the Law
And he waited, and marveled that he could fall so tremendous a distance.The Finding of Haldgren
Charles Willard Diffin
We saw them in the procession, and marveled greatly at the color of their hair and eyes.The Cat of Bubastes
G. A. Henty
He did not, though he marveled at a new tenderness in her that had been born in the night.The Wall Street Girl
Frederick Orin Bartlett
He marveled at the dexterity with which she lifted him against her slim shoulder.Highacres
- (when intr, often foll by at or about; when tr, takes a clause as object) to be filled with surprise or wonder
- something that causes wonder
- archaic astonishment
Word Origin and History for marveled
c.1300, "to be filled with wonder," from Old French merveillier "to wonder at, be astonished," from merveille (see marvel (n.)). Related: Marveled; marveling.
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.