miraclemir‧a‧cle /ˈmɪrəkəl/ ●●○ noun [countable]1LUCKYsomething very lucky or very good that happens which you did not expect to happen or did not think was possibleIt’s a miracle you weren’t killed!By some miracle, we managed to catch the plane.the economic miracle of the 1950s.She’s our miracle baby.small/minor miracle (=something lucky but not very important)The fence’s survival in these winds seems like a minor miracle.2RRCan action or event believed to be caused by God, which is impossibleaccording to the ordinary laws of natureDo you believe in miracles?3 →miracle cure/drug4 →work/perform miracles5 →a miracle of somethingCOLLOCATIONSverbsperform/work a miracle (=achieve something very good which no one thought was possible)The new coach has worked miracles, and the team have won their last four games.believe in miraclesDo you believe in miracles? need a miracleHe'll need a miracle to pass this test.take a miracle (=need a miracle)it would take a miracle to transform her into an elegant woman.hope for a miracleI knew I would probably never walk again, but I couldn’t help hoping for a miracle.pray for a miracleWe prayed for a miracle, but her burns were so severe that she did not survive. a miracle happensThen the miracle happened – there was a job, and I could have it.adjectivesa minor/small miracle (=something lucky but not very important)I’d managed to produce a good meal in half an hour, which seemed like a minor miracle.an economic miracleBrazil seemed to be experiencing an economic miracle.miracle + NOUNa miracle worker (=someone who performs miracles)A doctor is just a person, not a miracle worker.a miracle cure (=something that solves a problem very effectively)Unfortunately, there is no miracle cure for thinning hair.a miracle drug (=a very effective drug that cures a serious disease)Why is this new miracle drug so expensive? phrasesit’s a miracle (that)It’s a miracle you weren’t killedsomething is no miracleIt was no miracle, it was just good planning and leadership.something is nothing short of a miracle (=it is extremely unexpected and you are very pleased about it)What has happened is nothing short of a miracle.don't expect miraclesDon’t expect miracles. A hairdresser can't make a 50-year-old look like a 20-year-old.