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wonder about (someone or something)

1. To have a strong curiosity about someone or something. Whenever I visit ancient structures like these, I can't help but wonder about how on earth people back then could have built them without the tools and knowledge we have now. People have been wondering for years about the enigmatic leader of the company.
2. To be doubtful or uncertain about someone or something. He seems genuine, but I have to wonder about his motivations, given what he has said in the past. If you're wondering about our new project manager, let me assure you that she is more than able for the job.
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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 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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(I was) just wondering.

a comment made after hearing a response to a previous question. (See examples for typical patterns.) John: Do you always keep your film in the refrigerator? Mary: Yes, why? John: I was just wondering. Bob: Did this cost a lot? Sue: I really don't think you need to know that. Bob: Sorry. Just wondering.
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