Spirit - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈspɪrɪt|  American pronunciation of the word spirit
Brit.  |ˈspɪrɪt|  British pronunciation of the word spirit
- the vital principle or animating force within living things
- the general atmosphere of a place or situation and the effect that it has on people (syn: feel, feeling, flavor, flavour, look, smell, tone)
- a fundamental emotional and activating principle determining one's character
- any incorporeal supernatural being that can become visible (or audible) to human beings
- the state of a person's emotions (especially with regard to pleasure or dejection)
- the intended meaning of a communication (syn: intent, purport)
- animation and energy in action or expression (syn: life, liveliness)
- an inclination or tendency of a certain kind (syn: heart)
- infuse with spirit (syn: inspirit)

Examples

Some religions believe that the same spirit is reincarnated many times in different bodies.

Yoga is very healthy for both body and spirit.

We will all miss her generous spirit.

My father was a proud spirit.

Her spirit was broken.

He is a dauntless / hardy spirit.

You don't go about it in the right spirit.

Try to keep up your spirits.

The princess was spirited off to a desert island by the evil magician.

I'm 85, but I still feel young in spirit.

She is a strong and independent spirit.

Seb was still in high spirits after winning the race.

His spirits were so low (=he was so sad) that he refused to answer his phone.

The warm morning sun lifted our spirits.

She wrote poetry while she was in the hospital to keep her spirits up (=keep happy).

Word forms

verb
I/you/we/they: spirit
he/she/it: spirits
present participle: spiriting
past tense: spirited
past participle: spirited
noun
singular: spirit
plural: spirits
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