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marvel

[ mahr-vuhl ]
/ ˈmɑr vəl /
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noun

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.

verb (used with object), mar·veled, mar·vel·ing or (especially British) mar·velled, mar·vel·ling.

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.

verb (used without object), mar·veled, mar·vel·ing or (especially British) mar·velled, mar·vel·ling.

to be filled with wonder, admiration, or astonishment, as at something surprising or extraordinary: I marvel at your courage.

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Origin of marvel

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

OTHER WORDS FROM marvel

mar·vel·ment, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for marvel

marvel
/ (ˈmɑːvəl) /

verb -vels, -velling or -velled or US -vels, -veling or -veled

(when intr, often foll by at or about; when tr, takes a clause as object) to be filled with surprise or wonder

noun

something that causes wonder
archaic astonishment

Word Origin for marvel

C13: from Old French merveille, from Late Latin mīrābilia, from Latin mīrābilis, from mīrārī to wonder at
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