1 mind or feelings
PREP. in ~ I will be with you in spirit.
2 spirits: morale
VERB + SPIRIT 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.
SPIRIT + VERB lift, rise
PHRASES in good/high/low/poor, etc. spirits She isn't in the best of spirits today.
ADJ. guiding, leading, moving She was a guiding spirit in primary education. | generous | grudging, mean | brave, proud | free, independent | kindred He found kindred spirits in the peace movement.
ADJ. great, tremendous | adventurous, competitive, fighting, indomitable, pioneer/pioneering
VERB + SPIRIT be full of, have She has plenty of fighting spirit. | display, show | break
PREP. with ~ He sang with great spirit.
PHRASES broken in spirit They tortured him until he was broken in spirit.
5 feelings of loyalty
ADJ. community, party, public, team
VERB + SPIRIT have | develop, foster, promote
ADJ. right He's got the right spirit! | essential, genuine, true | carefree | democratic, revolutionary | entrepreneurial | festive, Christmas
VERB + SPIRIT have | enter into
PREP. in a ~ of Both sides have come together in a spirit of goodwill. | ~ of a spirit of adventure
PHRASES in the right/wrong spirit, the spirit of the age/times
7 real/intended meaning of a rule, an agreement, etc.
VERB + SPIRIT obey | be/go against, be contrary to
PHRASES the spirit of the law The referee should try to obey the spirit as well as the letter of the law.
ADJ. ancestral | evil, malevolent | restless Owls were believed to be restless spirits who had returned to earth.
VERB + SPIRIT conjure up, contact, invoke, summon (up) | exorcise, 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.
PHRASES the spirits of the dead
9 (usually spirits) strong alcoholic drink
QUANT. measure a single measure of spirits
VERB + SPIRIT drink
PHRASES a bottle of spirits