Basic+ Word of the Day: wonder

wonder (verb, noun, adjective) past tense: wondered LISTEN

"I wonder where I left my keys."

To wonder means ‘to be curious about’ or ‘to ask oneself about.’

  • Terrence wondered if he would enjoy the movie.
  • Many people wonder what the future will bring.

To wonder also means ‘to be filled with awe and amazement.’

  • He wondered at his grandson's intelligence.
  • Felice wondered at the sunset over the mountains.

Wonder is a feeling of amazement, interest or admiration.

  • Seeing the Taj Mahal filled me with wonder.

Wonder is also being amazing in effect or ability.

  • We all hope for a wonder drug that will cure cancer.

Don't confuse it with

wander: to roam or move around without a specific destination. Example: “Moses and the Israelites wandered in the wilderness for 40 years.”

Common uses

We often hear about the 7 Wonders of the World. It seems that there are many lists of wonders of the world, which you can read about by clicking here.

Did you know?

Wonder sometimes introduces a request. Example: “I wonder if you would help me.”

Related words

wonderful: excellent or marvelous. Example: “We ate at a wonderful restaurant last night; the food was delicious.”

In pop culture

If you were a teenager in 1958, you probably knew the words to The Monotones’ hit, “Book of Love.” Sing along with the chorus: “I wonder, wonder who, who wrote the book of love.”

There are other meanings of wonder.
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