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English noun: wonder

1. wonder (feeling) the feeling aroused by something strange and surprising

Synonymsadmiration, wonderment

Broader (hypernym)amazement, astonishment

Narrower (hyponym)awe

2. wonder (event) something that causes feelings of wonder

SamplesThe wonders of modern science.


Broader (hypernym)happening, natural event, occurrence, occurrent

3. wonder (cognition) a state in which you want to learn more about something


Broader (hypernym)cognitive state, state of mind

Narrower (hyponym)curiousness, desire to know, inquisitiveness, interest, involvement, lust for learning, thirst for knowledge

English verb: wonder

1. wonder (cognition) have a wish or desire to know something

SamplesHe wondered who had built this beautiful church.

Synonymsenquire, inquire

Pattern of useSomebody ----s whether INFINITIVE

Broader (hypernym)query, question

Narrower (hyponym)request

2. wonder (communication) place in doubt or express doubtful speculation

SamplesI wonder whether this was the right thing to do.
She wondered whether it would snow tonight.

ExamplesThey wonder whether there was a traffic accident


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s whether INFINITIVE

Broader (hypernym)chew over, contemplate, excogitate, meditate, mull, mull over, muse, ponder, reflect, ruminate, speculate, think over

Narrower (hyponym)scruple

3. wonder (communication) be amazed at

SamplesWe marvelled at the child's linguistic abilities.

ExamplesSam and Sue wonder over the results of the experiment


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)react, respond

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