soul


soul
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souls
1) N-COUNT: usu with supp Your soul is the part of you that consists of your mind, character, thoughts, and feelings. Many people believe that your soul continues existing after your body is dead.

She went to pray for the soul of her late husband...

`I will put my heart and soul into the job,' he promises.

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2) N-SING: with poss The soul of a nation or a political movement is its basic nature and beliefs.

...a struggle for the soul of the Republican Party.

3) N-COUNT: adj N You can refer to someone as a particular kind of soul when you are describing their character or condition.

He's a jolly soul...

Her mother, poor soul, came to an even worse end.

4) N-SING: with brd-neg You use soul in negative statements like not a soul to mean nobody at all.

I've never harmed a soul in my life...

There was not a soul there.

5) N-UNCOUNT Soul or soul music is a type of pop music performed mainly by black American musicians. It developed from gospel and blues music and often expresses deep emotions.

...American soul singer Anita Baker.

6) N-PLURAL: num N You can refer to the number of people who live in a particular place as souls. [LITERARY]

...a tiny village of only 100 souls.

7) PHRASE: V inflects, oft PHR for/to n If you say that someone sells their soul, you mean that they do something immoral or bad in order to get something they want such as success or money.

...politicians who would sell their soul for the sake of office.

8) to bare one's soulsee bare
body and soulsee body
to keep body and soul togethersee body
the life and soul of the partysee life

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