spir|it1 W2S3 [ˈspırıt] n
4¦(no body)¦
7 team/community/public etc spirit
8¦(typical qualities)¦
9 in spirit
10 get/enter into the spirit (of something)
12 the Spirit
14 that's the spirit
15 when/as the spirit moves you
16 the spirit is willing (but the flesh is weak)
[Date: 1200-1300; : Anglo-French; Origin: Latin spiritus 'breath, spirit']
1.) ¦(CHARACTER)¦ [singular, U]
the qualities that make someone live the way they do, and make them different from other people
in spirit
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 atkindred2 (1)
2.) ¦(HAPPY/SAD)¦
spirits [plural]
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.
His spirits were so low (=he was so sad) that he refused to answer his phone.
raise/lift sb's spirits
(=make someone happier)
The warm morning sun lifted our spirits.
She wrote poetry while she was in the hospital to keep her spirits up (=keep happy) .
sb's spirits rise/lift/sink
(=they become more or less happy)
My spirits sank when I saw the mess they'd left.
3.) ¦(SOUL)¦
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.
4.) ¦(NO BODY)¦
a creature without a physical body that some people believe exists, such as an ↑angel or a dead person, who has returned to this world and has strange or magical powers
an evil spirit
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 fighting spirit
When they took away his freedom, they broke his spirit (=made him lose his courage) .
6.) ¦(ATTITUDE)¦ [singular, U]
the attitude that you have towards something or while you are doing something
You've got to approach this meeting in the right spirit.
spirit of
the spirit of cooperation between the two sides
7.) team/community/public etc spirit
a strong feeling of belonging to a particular group and wanting to help them
8.) ¦(TYPICAL QUALITIES)¦ [C 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
spirit of
Tourism has not destroyed the spirit of Bali.
the spirit of the age/times
His beliefs conflicted with the spirit of the age.
9.) in spirit
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.
10.) get/enter into the spirit (of sth)
to start to feel as happy, excited etc as the people around you
Judith couldn't really enter into the spirit of the occasion.
11.) ¦(INTENTION)¦[U]
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 atletter1 (4)
12.) the Spirit
13.) ¦(DRINK)¦ [C usually plural]
a) especially BrE a strong alcoholic drink such as ↑whisky or ↑brandy
b) BrE liquid such as alcohol, used for cleaning
14.) that's the spirit
spoken used to express approval of someone's behaviour or attitude
15.) when/as the spirit moves you
when you feel that you want to do something
16.) 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
spirit 2
spirit2 v written
spirit away/off [spirit sb/sth away/off] phr v
to take someone or something away quickly and secretly
After his speech, Jackson was spirited away through a back door.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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