magic

magic
ma|gic1 [ˈmædʒık] n [U]
[Date: 1300-1400; : French; Origin: magique, from Latin magice, from Greek magike, from magos 'person with magic powers']
1.) the ability of particular people in children's stories to make impossible things happen by saying special words
Do you believe in magic?
2.) a special, attractive, or exciting quality
Paris has lost some of its magic for me over the years.
magic of
the magic of Christmas
3.) the skill of doing tricks that look like magic in order to entertain people, or the tricks that are done
4.) like magic/as if by magic
in a surprising way that seems impossible to explain
As if by magic the waiter suddenly appeared with a tray of drinks.
5.) work/weave your magic
if something or someone works or weaves their magic, they produce a good change or effect in a way that they are often able to do
The warm weather and the beautiful scenery began to work their magic and she started to relax.
6.) work like magic
to be very effective
magic 2
magic2 adj
1.) [only before noun]
in stories, a magic word or object has special powers that make the person using it able to do impossible things
a book of magic spells
a magic sword
2.) relating to the skill of doing tricks to entertain people
His best magic trick is sawing a lady in half.
3.) magic number/word
a number or word that is particularly important or desired in a particular situation
The magic words 'a million pounds' will get everyone's attention.
4.) the magic word
the word 'please' - used when speaking to children
What's the magic word then, Katie?
5.) magic touch
a special ability to make things work well or to make people happy
She's got a magic touch with babies.
6.) magic moment
a short time which seems beautiful and special
She didn't want to spoil this magic moment.
7.) magic circle
a group of powerful people who are friendly with each other and help each other
His outspokenness denied him access to the magic circle and he was never given high office.
8.) BrE spoken very good or very enjoyable
= ↑great
'Did you have a good time?' 'Yeah, it was magic!'
magic 3
magic3 v past tense and past participle magicked present participle magicking
BrE
magic away [magic sb/sth away] phr v
to make someone or something disappear or go somewhere by using magic
I wish I could magic us away to a warm beach.
magic up [magic sth<=>up] phr v
to make something appear suddenly and unexpectedly

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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