feel for

phrasal verb
felt for; feeling for; feels for

Definition of feel for

1 : to search for (something) by reaching or touching usually with the fingers The doctor felt for any possible fractures in the patient's bruised ribs. He felt for the light switch.
2 : to have sympathy or pity for (someone) I feel (deeply) for you, but there's nothing I can do to help.

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“Feel for.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/feel%20for. Accessed 15 Apr. 2021.

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