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Noun: spirit  spi-rit
  1. The vital principle or animating force within living things
     
  2. The general atmosphere of a place or situation and the effect that it has on people
    "a clergyman improved the spirit of the meeting";
    - tone, feel, feeling, flavor [US], flavour [Brit, Cdn], look, smell
     
  3. A fundamental emotional and activating principle determining one's character
     
  4. Any incorporeal supernatural being that can become visible (or audible) to human beings
    - disembodied spirit
     
  5. The state of a person's emotions (especially with regard to pleasure or dejection)
    "he was in good spirits"; "his spirit rose";
    - emotional state
     
  6. The intended meaning of a communication
    - intent, purport
     
  7. Animation and energy in action or expression
    - liveliness, life, sprightliness
     
  8. An inclination or tendency of a certain kind
    "he had a change of spirit";
    - heart
     
  9. [Brit] An alcoholic beverage that is distilled rather than fermented
    - liquor, spirits [Brit], booze, hard drink, hard liquor, John Barleycorn, strong drink
Verb: spirit  spi-rit
  1. Infuse with spirit
    "The company spirited him up";
    - spirit up, inspirit

Derived forms: spirited, spirits, spiriting

See also: lively

Type of: alcohol, alcoholic beverage, alcoholic drink, ambiance, ambience, animate, animation, atmosphere, brio, character, disposition, emotion, enliven, fiber [US], fibre [Brit, Cdn], import, inebriant, intoxicant, invigorate, invigoration, life principle, liven, liven up, meaning, significance, signification, spiritedness, spiritual being, supernatural being, temperament, vital principle, vivification

Encyclopedia: Spirit, WI