wonder at

wonder at (someone or something)

1. To be in stunned awe or amazement at someone or something. I remember visiting the planetarium as a kid, wondering at the enormity and complexity of the universe. Bystanders wondered at the heroic figure as she kept going back into the burning building to rescue the people trapped inside.
2. To be baffled or astonished by something, often in a dubious or suspicious manner. I have to wonder at the leader's decision to join the world summit, given what he has said about it in the past. We all wondered at the cryptic message sent to us by the director of the company.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

wonder at someone or something

to be amazed at or in awe of someone or something. (Stilted.) We all wondered at Lee and the way he kept his spirits up. The people wondered at the bright light that lit up the sky.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

wonder at

1. To be surprised or puzzled by something or someone: I wonder at your willingness to follow your boss's strange orders.
2. To be awed or astonished by something or someone; marvel at something: The children wondered at the colorful fish in the aquarium.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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