wonder at (someone or something)

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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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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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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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And, although I expect Wonder Of Wonders to prevail this time, Dancing Rain should be a major player again, along with Godolphin's Blue Bunting, winner of the Qipco 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket before being given too much to do and finishing fourth behind Dancing Rain and Wonder Of Wonders at Epsom.
In this excellent book he also trades in the discipline of philosophy, which is fitting given that philosophy begins in wonder and Quinn's book so acutely wonders at wonder.