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the qualities that make someone live the way they do, and make them different from other people
I'm 85, but I still feel young in spirit.
independent/proud/free etc spirit
a person with a particular type of character
She is a strong and independent spirit.
➔ kindred spirit
the way someone feels at a particular time, for example if they are happy or sad
be in good/high spirits
be excited and happy
Seb was still in high spirits after winning the race.
he was so sad
that he refused to answer his phone.
raise/lift somebody's spirits
make someone happier
The warm morning sun lifted our spirits.
She wrote poetry while she was in the hospital to
somebody's spirits rise/lift/sink
they become more or less happy
My spirits sank when I saw the mess they'd left.
the part of someone that you cannot see, that consists of the qualities that make up their character, which many people believe continues to live after the person has died
Although Laurie is dead, I can feel his spirit with me.
a creature without a physical body that some people believe exists, such as an
or a dead person, who has returned to this world and has strange or magical powers
courage, energy, and determination - use this to show approval
Sandra is small, but she makes up for it with great spirit.
a young team with strong
When they took away his freedom, they
made him lose his courage
the attitude that you have towards something or while you are doing something
You've got to approach this meeting in the right spirit.
the spirit of cooperation between the two sides
team/community/public etc spirit
a strong feeling of belonging to a particular group and wanting to help them
countable usually singular
the set of ideas, beliefs, feelings etc that are typical of a particular period in history, a place, or a group of people
Tourism has not destroyed the spirit of Bali.
the spirit of the age/times
His beliefs conflicted with the spirit of the age.
if you say you will be somewhere in spirit or with someone in spirit, you will not be with them but will be thinking about them
I can't come to your wedding, but I'll be there in spirit.
get/enter into the spirit (of something)
to start to feel as happy, excited etc as the people around you
Judith couldn't really enter into the spirit of the occasion.
the meaning or qualities that someone intended something to have, especially the meaning that a law or rule was intended to have
Thoreau believed that his actions were in the spirit of American institutions.
Miller's actions may not be actually illegal, but they have violated
the spirit of the law
➔ the letter of the law
countable usually plural
especially British English
a strong alcoholic drink such as
liquid such as alcohol, used for cleaning
that's the spirit
used to express approval of someone's behaviour or attitude
when/as the spirit moves you
when you feel that you want to do something
the spirit is willing (but the flesh is weak)
used when saying that you want to do something, but you are too tired or do not feel strong enough - often used humorously
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Advanced Learner's Dictionary.
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