spirit


spirit
noun
1 mind or feelings
ADJECTIVE
human

It is a testimony to the triumph of the human spirit.

PREPOSITION
in spirit

I will be with you in spirit.

2 spirits morale
ADJECTIVE
flagging (esp. BrE)
VERB + SPIRITS
keep up, lift, raise

We sang songs to keep our spirits up.

revive
break, dampen

A string of defeats has failed to dampen the team's spirits.

SPIRITS + VERB
lift, rise
PHRASES
in good, high, low, poor, etc. spirits

She isn't in the best of spirits today.

My mother was in excellent spirits.

3 person
ADJECTIVE
guiding, leading (esp. BrE), moving

She was a guiding spirit in primary education.

generous
mean
brave, proud
free, independent
kindred

He found kindred spirits in the peace movement.

4 courage/liveliness
ADJECTIVE
great, tremendous (esp. BrE)
adventurous, competitive, fighting, indomitable, pioneer, pioneering

the indomitable American spirit

VERB + SPIRIT
be full of, have

She has plenty of fighting spirit.

display, show
break
PREPOSITION
with spirit

He sang with great spirit.

PHRASES
broken in spirit

They tortured him until he was broken in spirit.

5 feelings of loyalty
ADJECTIVE
community, party, public, team
VERB + SPIRIT
have
develop, foster, promote
6 attitude/mood
ADJECTIVE
right

They have the right spirit!

essential, genuine, true
carefree
democratic, revolutionary
creative
entrepreneurial
can-do (informal, esp. AmE)
Christmas, festive (esp. BrE), holiday (esp. AmE)
VERB + SPIRIT
have
enter into, get into

I was just getting to the spirit of things when the party suddenly ended.

bring

They brought the spirit of carnival to their concerts.

capture, embody, reflect, represent

That song really captures the spirit of the times.

She embodies the spirit of revolution.

PREPOSITION
in a spirit of

Both sides have come together in a spirit of goodwill.

They are all working together in a spirit of cooperation.

spirit of

a spirit of adventure

PHRASES
be closer in spirit to sth, be similar in spirit to sth
be faithful to the spirit of sth, be true to the spirit of sth

The movie is true to the spirit of the book.

a generosity of spirit

She exudes a warmth and generosity of spirit.

in the right spirit
the spirit of the age, the spirit of the times
the spirit of Christmas, the spirit of the season

I'm trying to get in the spirit of the holiday season.

7 real/intended meaning of a rule, an agreement, etc.
VERB + SPIRIT
obey
be against, be contrary to, go against, violate

an edict that violates the spirit of the Geneva Convention

PHRASES
the spirit of the law

The referee should try to obey the spirit as well as the letter of the law.

8 soul/ghost
ADJECTIVE
ancestral
evil, malevolent
restless

Owls were believed to be restless spirits who had returned to earth.

VERB + SPIRIT
conjure up, contact, invoke, summon, summon up
exorcize, ward off

She slept with a cross under the pillow to ward off evil spirits.

be possessed by
SPIRIT + VERB
live on

Many people believe the spirit lives on after death.

move sb (often figurative)

Make a donation to the charity if the spirit moves you.

SPIRIT + NOUN
guide

My spirit guide cares for me and protects me.

world
PHRASES
body, mind and spirit

healing for body, mind and spirit

the Holy Spirit
the spirits of the dead
9 (esp. BrE) (usually spirits) strong alcoholic drink
… OF SPIRITS
bottle, measure (BrE)

a single measure of spirits

VERB + SPIRITS
drink

Collocations dictionary. 2013.

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