Meaning of MAGIC in English

/ ˈmædʒɪk; NAmE / noun , adjective , verb

■ noun [ U ]


the secret power of appearing to make impossible things happen by saying special words or doing special things :

Do you believe in magic?

He suddenly appeared as if by magic .

A passage was cleared through the crowd like magic .

—see also black magic


the art of doing tricks that seem impossible in order to entertain people

SYN conjuring


a special quality or ability that sb/sth has, that seems too wonderful to be real

SYN enchantment :

dance and music which capture the magic of India

Like all truly charismatic people, he can work his magic on both men and women.

Our year in Italy was pure / sheer magic.


see weave verb

■ adjective


having or using special powers to make impossible things happen or seem to happen :

a magic spell / charm / potion / trick

There is no magic formula for passing exams—only hard work.


( informal ) having a special quality that makes sth seem wonderful :

It was a magic moment when the two sisters were reunited after 30 years.

She has a magic touch with the children and they do everything she asks.

Trust is the magic ingredient in our relationship.


[ not before noun ] ( BrE , informal ) very good or enjoyable :

'What was the trip like?' 'Magic!'

■ verb

( -ck- ) [ vn + adv. / prep. ] to make sb/sth appear somewhere, disappear or turn into sth, by magic, or as if by magic



late Middle English : 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.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.