When you wonder about something, you want to learn more about it. You wonder why the car is making that noise so you ask the mechanic to explain it.

Wonder comes from the Old English word wundor, which means "marvelous thing, the object of astonishment." For example, the Taj Mahal is one of the great wonders of the world, so beautiful and magical. But wonders are all around us — anything that amazes and marvels is a wonder, like high-definition television, the Internet, your mom's homemade pizza — though we tend to forget this because we are used to them.

Definitions of wonder
  1. noun
    the feeling aroused by something strange and surprising
    synonyms: admiration, wonderment
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    an overwhelming feeling of wonder or admiration
    type of:
    amazement, astonishment
    the feeling that accompanies something extremely surprising
  2. noun
    something that causes feelings of wonder
    “the wonders of modern science”
    synonyms: marvel
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    type of:
    happening, natural event, occurrence, occurrent
    an event that happens
  3. noun
    a state in which you want to learn more about something
    synonyms: curiosity
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    desire to know, lust for learning, thirst for knowledge
    curiosity that motivates investigation and study
    interest, involvement
    a sense of concern with and curiosity about someone or something
    curiousness, inquisitiveness
    a state of active curiosity
    a lively interest
    something that interests you because it is important or affects you
    nosiness, prying, snoopiness
    offensive inquisitiveness
    type of:
    cognitive state, state of mind
    the state of a person's cognitive processes
  4. verb
    be amazed at
    synonyms: marvel
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    type of:
    react, respond
    show a response or a reaction to something
  5. verb
    have a wish or desire to know something
    “He wondered who had built this beautiful church”
    synonyms: enquire, inquire
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    inquire for (information)
    inquire for
    type of:
    query, question
    pose a question
  6. verb
    place in doubt or express doubtful speculation
    “I wonder whether this was the right thing to do”
    “she wondered whether it would snow tonight”
    synonyms: question
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    have doubts about
    type of:
    chew over, contemplate, excogitate, meditate, mull, mull over, muse, ponder, reflect, ruminate, speculate, think over
    reflect deeply on a subject
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