1 spirit /ˈspirət/ noun
plural spirits
1 spirit
plural spirits
Learner's definition of SPIRIT
: the force within a person that is believed to give the body life, energy, and power
[count] : the inner quality or nature of a person
[count] : a person
see also free spirit
: a desire or determination to do something
[noncount] : enthusiastic loyalty
: the attitude or feeling that a person has about a particular job, activity, etc.
: a shared attitude or feeling that relates to a particular time, place, activity, etc. often + of
spirits [plural] : feelings of happiness or unhappiness
see also high-spirited, low-spirited
[noncount] : the real meaning or intention of something (such as a law)
spirits [plural] : strong alcoholic drinks : liquor

as/when the spirit moves you

: when you feel like it : when the time is right

moving spirit

see moving

that's the spirit

used to express approval of someone's attitude

the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak

used to say that you want to do something but you cannot because you do not have the strength or energy often used humorously
2 spirit /ˈspirət/ verb
spirits; spirited; spiriting
2 spirit
spirits; spirited; spiriting
Learner's definition of SPIRIT
always followed by an adverb or preposition [+ object]
: to carry (someone or something) away secretly