feel

verb
\ ˈfēl How to pronounce feel (audio) \
felt\ ˈfelt How to pronounce felt (audio) \; feeling

Definition of feel

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to handle or touch in order to examine, test, or explore some quality She felt the fabric to see if it was wool.
b : to perceive by a physical sensation coming from discrete end organs (as of the skin or muscles) He felt a sudden pain in his leg.
2a : to undergo passive experience of continually felt the resentment of his competitors
b : to have one's sensibilities markedly affected by felt the insult deeply
3 : to ascertain by cautious trial usually used with out feeling out the sentiments of their neighbors on the subject of school improvements
4a : to be aware of by instinct or inference feel trouble brewing
b : believe, think say what you really feel
5 US slang : to understand (someone) : to know how (someone) feels Yeah, I feel you on that. I fall asleep every time I'm in the car as well.— Scott Sugarman When you buckle your chinstrap up, it's with a purpose, dog! Do you feel me?— Eric Berry

intransitive verb

1a : to receive or be able to receive a tactile sensation lost the ability to feel in his fingertips
b : to search for something by using the sense of touch She felt in her purse for her keys.
2a : to be conscious of an inward impression, state of mind, or physical condition I feel sick.
b : to have a marked sentiment or opinion feels strongly about it
3 : seem it feels like spring today
4 : to have sympathy or pity I feel for you
feel like
: to have an inclination for feel like a walk?

feel

noun

Definition of feel (Entry 2 of 2)

2 : the sense of touch
3a : the quality of a thing as imparted through or as if through touch
b : typical or peculiar quality or atmosphere also : an awareness of such a quality or atmosphere
4 : intuitive knowledge or ability

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Synonyms for feel

Synonyms: Verb

perceive, scent, see, sense, smell, taste

Synonyms: Noun

feeling, sensation, sense

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Examples of feel in a Sentence

Verb

He felt a sudden pain in his leg. I could feel the warmth of the sun. I felt someone tap my shoulder. Do you feel a draft? She felt the fabric to see if it was wool. Your ribs are bruised, but I don't feel any broken bones.

Noun

the feel of old leather Although the table is brand-new, it has the look and feel of an antique. He liked the feel of the sun on his face.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

There is the undeniable draw of international assassins, psychopaths, and intelligence agencies—but frankly television in that vein can often end up feeling derivative, or predictable. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Killing Eve's Fiona Shaw Knows Which Side Carolyn Martens Is On. She Knows a Lot, Actually.," 5 May 2019 Day after day left me feeling sad, worried, angry — and helpless. Paula Spencer Scott, Woman's Day, "I Participated in a Clinical Study to See if I Had Dementia — Here's What I Learned," 26 Mar. 2019 Sabrina figured out which poses felt good by trial and error. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "8 Ways People With Endometriosis Deal With the Pain," 24 Apr. 2019 Insulation is key to making a finished basement feel comfortable and to eliminate the dank feeling that commonly occupies below-grade spaces. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Finish Your Basement," 18 Apr. 2019 Digital sales have slowly grown this generation though, enough so that Microsoft apparently feels comfortable offering an Xbox One sans disc drive. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "Microsoft's Xbox One S All-Digital Edition finally joins PC gamers in the disc-less future," 17 Apr. 2019 The keyboard isn't mechanical, but Acer tried to give a bit of that feel with special MagForce WASD keys. Melissa Riofrio, PCWorld, "I could slide the Acer Predator Helios 700's HyperDrift keyboard all day," 12 Apr. 2019 And with the trial runner design, you'll be connected to the trail and feel it underfoot. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Hiking Boots for Exploring the Outdoors," 9 Apr. 2019 The two and their childhood friend Hesam Rahmanian collage and paint over images from television news and internet feeds to make haunting, psychedelic images that feel deeper and truer than the source material. The Seattle Times, "Look Ahead: The hottest Seattle events for April 2019," 5 Apr. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In the case of the Ford transmission, many owners simply weren’t used to dual-clutch transmission feel. Clifford Atiyeh, Car and Driver, "What You Need to Know about Ford's PowerShift Transmission Problems," 13 May 2019 We were attracted by the quaint houses, high performing schools, and the neighborhood’s overall calm feel. Jenn M. Jackson, Teen Vogue, "A Video of Homewood-Flossmoor Students in Blackface Proves My Wakanda-Wannabe Neighborhood Still Has a Race Problem," 8 May 2019 Taylor did a wonderful job of capturing the nostalgia and feel of this time setting perfectly. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "'Daisy Jones & The Six' Surpassed #ReadWithMC Reviewers' Expectations," 1 May 2019 But Washington Road still maintains that distinctly American feel of urban sprawl run amok. Paul Newberry, The Seattle Times, "Outside Masters, Washington Road bustles in its tacky glory," 13 Apr. 2019 The film shows their story as a feel-good buddy comedy, but according Shirley's relatives, that's a misrepresentation of the truth. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Don Shirley's Family Questions Green Book's Accuracy," 5 Jan. 2019 Follow them on Instagram to get a better feel of their work and definitely read the comments. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "21 Things You Should Know Before Getting Your First Tattoo," 2 Aug. 2018 Grab your tissues, because your feel-good cry for the week has arrived. Meagan Fredette, refinery29.com, "Thinking Of Getting Engaged? Do It In Front Of Taylor Swift," 14 July 2018 Altherr brought a feel-good ending to a difficult day for the bullpen and a rough ninth inning for catcher Andrew Knapp. Scott Lauber, Philly.com, "Aaron Altherr saves Phillies with game-winning hit in 10th inning," 18 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'feel.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of feel

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for feel

Verb and Noun

Middle English felen, from Old English fēlan; akin to Old High German fuolen to feel, Latin palpare to caress

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More Definitions for feel

feel

verb

English Language Learners Definition of feel

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to be aware of (something that affects you physically, such as pain, heat, or an object touching your body)
: to touch (something) with your fingers to see what it is like
: to find (something) by touching with your fingers

feel

noun

English Language Learners Definition of feel (Entry 2 of 2)

: the quality of a thing that is experienced by touching it
: a particular quality
: an understanding of something

feel

verb
\ ˈfēl How to pronounce feel (audio) \
felt\ ˈfelt \; feeling

Kids Definition of feel

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to be aware of through physical contact feel cold
2 : to examine or search for by touching The doctor felt for broken bones.
3 : to be conscious of He felt a fear of the dark.
4 : to seem especially to the touch This cloth feels like silk.
5 : to sense a physical, mental, or emotional state felt sick felt confused and angry
6 : to have sympathy I feel for you.
7 : believe sense 4, think Say what you feel.
feel like
: to have an urge or desire to Do you feel like taking a walk?

feel

noun

Kids Definition of feel (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : sensation sense 2, feeling He likes the feel of the sun on his skin.
2 : the quality of something as learned through or as if through touch The sweater had a scratchy feel to it.

feel

verb
\ ˈfē(ə)l How to pronounce feel (audio) \
felt\ ˈfelt How to pronounce felt (audio) \; feeling

Medical Definition of feel

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to handle or touch in order to examine, test, or explore some quality felt the compress to see if it was wet
2 : to perceive by a physical sensation coming from discrete end organs (as of the skin or muscles)

intransitive verb

1 : to receive or be able to receive a tactile sensation
2 : to search for something by using the sense of touch

feel

noun

Medical Definition of feel (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the sense of touch

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