Definition of magic in English:


Syllabification: mag·ic
Pronunciation: /ˈmajik


  • 1The power of apparently influencing the course of events by using mysterious or supernatural forces: do you believe in magic? suddenly, as if by magic, the doors start to open
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    • What makes people believe in magic, the supernatural and psychic powers?
    • Explanations that involve supernatural forces or magic are also fine in a fantasy world.
    • Though surprised, the villagers accepted his story because they believed that the power of voodoo magic made such things possible.
  • 1.1Mysterious tricks, such as making things disappear and appear again, performed as entertainment.
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    • There are some who can perform magic tricks while others cannot even shuffle a deck of cards.
    • Each school will be treated to an hour of magic, illusion and entertainment with lots of jokes, surprises and audience participation.
    • She's promised to teach me some magic tricks later.
    conjuring tricks, sleight of hand, legerdemain, illusion, prestidigitation
  • 1.2A quality that makes something seem removed from everyday life, especially in a way that gives delight: the magic of the theater
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    • The second half was magic, beautiful, brilliant, particularly when in the 22nd or 23rd minute of the half Peter Withe scored.
    • This show appeals to all ages with its exciting, fast-paced story, fantastic images and beautiful puppet magic.
    • It is being staged by Ian Judge, a director who does not always find depth in a work but is guaranteed to bring a quality of pleasing theatrical magic.
    allure, attraction, excitement, fascination, charm, glamour
  • 1.3 informal Something that has a delightfully unusual quality: their seaside town is pure magic
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    • The idea flourished at the Mepco Schlenk College, Sivakasi, when I saw similar software, which was termed by the Mepco students as pure magic.
    • Even Derek Jacobi and Jim Broadbent pale beside Finney, but Redgrave complements him, and their scenes together are pure magic.
    • The moments are too many, they are heart warming, and pure magic.


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  • 1Used in magic or working by magic; having or apparently having supernatural powers: a magic wand
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    • The eye-catching clusters of life-size Winnie the Pooh bears seem to have a magic power that locks your gaze onto them.
    • From thence he made his way to Egypt - there, if possible, to learn the art of working wonders by magic spells.
    • During the trial, Roulet testified that his lycanthropic ability was the result of a magic salve in his possession.
    supernatural, enchanted, occult
  • 1.1 [attributive] Very effective in producing results, especially desired ones: confidence is the magic ingredient needed to spark recovery
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    • Closer, the celebrity women's weekly from the team behind Heat, seems to have found the magic circulation formula that has eluded more traditional women's titles.
    • The coaches agree that it's going to take the players some time to adapt to new teams and new set-ups - they've got a lot of new players and they've just not found the magic formula yet.
    • ‘I think I've discovered the magic formula’ said Japan's French coach Philippe Troussier.

verb (magics, magicking, magicked)

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  • Move, change, or create by or as if by magic: he must have been magicked out of the car at the precise second it exploded
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    • The report simply says that an alternative route will need to be found for buses but it is far from evident how any such alternative route can be magicked up.
    • Four more veggie meals were magicked out of thin air.
    • Whole posts can be magicked away by a couple of ill-considered key presses - without even taking your hand off the keyboard.


like magic

Remarkably effectively or rapidly: it repels rain like magic
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  • With a leap and a whir, the device made another rapid pre-scan and, just like magic, up popped a set of thumbnails showing what was on the negatives, very nicely rendered.
  • If you wanted the information in Chinese, all you had to do was reply with a ‘C,’ and like magic you had what you needed.
  • The joints are staggered in a brick-like fashion and patted down firmly with the head of a metal rake; a new lawn appears like magic, before your very eyes!


late Middle English (also in the sense 'a magical procedure'): from Old French magique, from Latin magicus (adjective), late Latin magica (noun), from Greek magikē (tekhnē) '(art of) a magus': magi were regarded as magicians.

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