Definition of marvel in English:



  • Be filled with wonder or astonishment.

    ‘she marvelled at Geoffrey's composure’
    [with direct speech] ‘‘It looks huge,’ marvelled Clare’
    • ‘I overhear two people marvelling over the same specimen.’
    • ‘The girl or woman he was addressing seemed to be expected to sit in silence, marvelling at the brilliance of the person orating at her.’
    • ‘We looked through the sheds of woolcraft exhibitions and admired and marveled at some of the work on display.’
    • ‘A week of treatment for his ailments had nurses marvelling at his improved appearance and he is now surviving well on anti-viral therapy.’
    • ‘Most of the people it seemed spent their time walking around aimlessly or staring and marvelling at the fires in pits outside their homes.’
    • ‘Some stopped to pray at the open-air altar, others walked slowly and quietly around marvelling at this little oasis of peace.’
    • ‘They marvelled at the huge kitchen utensils and implements from the olden days.’
    • ‘She sat there marveling at his broad shoulders, which were suddenly brought to her attention.’
    • ‘We wandered off, marvelling at the joy and beauty of the natural world.’
    • ‘Visitors cannot help marvelling at the sublime natural landscape, deeply enchanted by the tranquil and leisurely life of the village.’
    • ‘Of course I saw a factory - a cotton spinning mill, where I spent a morning marvelling at modern machinery.’
    • ‘Tom and David and I all looked up into the sky yesterday evening and marvelled at the vapour trails.’
    • ‘In just a few years, he evolved into a respected veteran player whose peers marvelled at his skill.’
    • ‘I marvelled at Clay's bravado but wondered if he wasn't going too far.’
    • ‘At times I sat back and marvelled at the fact I was part of a riding tradition on this land going back over 1,000 years.’
    • ‘She saw his face laugh at the reactions to the fish, and the wonder on his face, marveling at their speed.’
    • ‘Finally satisfied, I sat down once again, and stared out to the horizon, marvelling at the wonders of the natural world.’
    • ‘I am constantly marvelling at locations and often comment more on the landscape than I do on the monument itself.’
    • ‘I remember marvelling at the intelligence and the balance of this food - it's not pretentious, just good cooking.’
    • ‘And there I was, flying above it, marvelling at the expanse of shining blue water, dotted with delicate islands, calm as a mirror.’
    be amazed, be filled with amazement, be astonished, be surprised, be awed, stand in awe, wonder, be full of wonder, stare, gape, goggle, not believe one's ears, not believe one's eyes, not know what to say, be dumbfounded
    admire, applaud, think highly of, respect, venerate, appreciate
    be flabbergasted
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  • A wonderful or astonishing person or thing.

    ‘the marvels of technology’
    • ‘He can still credit marvels, the little miracles and epiphanies that rise out of our daily lives.’
    • ‘One of the marvels of the twentieth century is the electric alarm clock.’
    • ‘Still, not everyone is entirely amused by such technological marvels.’
    • ‘I don't know where I would be without the technological marvels of the twenty-first century.’
    • ‘You can spend a few minutes or a few hours exploring these architectural marvels without ever forgetting you're in the city.’
    • ‘The big bang theory, evolution, plate tectonics, and other scientific marvels fascinated me.’
    • ‘Custom barrels are marvels of technology and worth their price.’
    • ‘To many readers, however, the finest discoveries of the book would be priceless nuggets of information about the marvels of nature and antiquity.’
    • ‘While the salad was wonderful in its simplicity, the baked Camembert was a marvel of complexity.’
    • ‘The hand-dryer can either be a technological marvel or a complete waste of space.’
    • ‘Before my injury, this place seemed to be a bustling world full of life and technological marvels.’
    • ‘The book is divided into six cantos, describing the plan of the city, the monuments and the technological marvels of those days.’
    • ‘Scientists can create animals with the cells of other species, but are these chimeras medical marvels or high-tech monsters?’
    • ‘The canal was like any of our recent technological marvels, in that it cut costs and improved productivity.’
    • ‘The film deals with saints, marvels and even miracles and through this you are reminded that there is more to life than money and just making as much of it as possible.’
    • ‘If we adopt a responsible approach to our use of the Internet we can only expand our horizons through the marvel of this new technology.’
    • ‘These things are marvels of modern engineering, if you ask me.’
    • ‘Go to your local library, get a little help, and you'll be online and enjoying these marvels of both nature and technology.’
    • ‘He relied on his own innate genius in his lifelong quest to uncover the marvels of Nature.’
    • ‘It's a technological marvel and will give computer gaming a whole new meaning.’
    wonder, miracle, wonderful thing, amazing thing, sensation, spectacle, phenomenon
    genius, miracle worker, prodigy, paragon, virtuoso, wizard
    something else, something to shout about, something to write home about, eye-opener
    whizz, whizz-kid, ninja
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Middle English (as a noun): from Old French merveille, from late Latin mirabilia, neuter plural of Latin mirabilis wonderful, from mirari wonder at.