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

In some respects, this stretch feels more like an escape from the city than other stretches of the trail. Mindy Sink, The Know, "Ditch the car: Trails you can reach by taking the bus or light rail," 6 July 2019 But on this 90-something degree Friday in Dallas, Boyer, 25, didn't feel like carrying her baby into two places. Maria Halkias, Dallas News, "Retail Therapy: Amazon finds another way, Neiman Marcus' pink window and Macy's has a new Story," 5 July 2019 Bathing and showering in hard water makes your skin feel dry and itchy. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How a Water Softener Works (And Why You Might Want One)," 4 July 2019 At just 22 feet, Margot needed a top-to-bottom gut and Colorado Caravan wanted to make the camper feel bright and airy despite its small footprint. Megan Barber, Curbed, "1960s Airstream transformed into modern oasis," 3 July 2019 Rob McGinnis Even before the buyout, McGinnis felt sidelined from decision-making. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, "This former playwright aims to turn solar and wind power into gasoline," 3 July 2019 In the video, Miley also includes images of a woman's c-section scar, normalizing something that many women feel forced to hide. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "10 Signs Miley Cyrus's "Mother's Daughter" Is the Ultimate Feminist Anthem," 2 July 2019 Whether Esper can gain the personal trust of Trump, and feel comfortable expressing independent views in front of the president, remains to be seen. Paul Sonne, Washington Post, "Trump’s decision-making on Iran strike highlights absence of a confirmed defense secretary," 23 June 2019 The prosecutors’ zeal has encouraged activist investors in Samsung C&T, who felt hard-done-by when the Cheil-C&T merger went ahead. The Economist, "South Korea’s left-wing president loses his zeal to humble big business," 22 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Looking back now, the award-winning feel-good drama (which celebrates its anniversary Saturday) has endless bona fides. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "Tom Hanks looks back on 25 years of 'Forrest Gump': 'It was an absolute crapshoot'," 3 July 2019 What was supposed to be a feel-good tour around Britain ahead of Mr. Johnson’s expected entry into Downing Street next month is proving more of an ordeal. Max Colchester, WSJ, "Tories Pin Brexit Hopes on Boris Johnson, Blunders and All," 28 June 2019 Looking for a feel-good dish the whole family will enjoy? Kimberly Wilson, Essence, "This Black Bean and Rice Stuffed Peppers Recipe Will Leave Your Mouth Watering," 27 June 2019 There are also dozens of historical buildings at the Vesterheim Norwegian American Museum, including a log cabin packed with folk art and artifacts, that will give you a feel for how Norsemen lived a few hundred years ago. Kristi Valentini, Woman's Day, "These Summer Vacation Spots Are the Hidden Gems of the Midwest," 25 June 2019 Watching former teammates Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green win a championship with the Toronto Raptors was a feel-good moment for Spurs guard Bryn Forbes. Tom Orsborn, ExpressNews.com, "Forbes rooted for Leonard, Green in NBA Finals," 24 June 2019 White painted bricks line the restaurant, its makeover giving it a more casual feel than its predecessor restaurant tenant, Vita Urbana. Marc Bona, cleveland.com, "Good Company finds niche with well-made, affordable sandwiches," 20 June 2019 Liverpool fans have had plenty to be pleased with in recent times, and their kits for the 2019/20 campaign largely appear to be the latest boost to the feel-good factor around the club. SI.com, "Liverpool's Third Kit Leaks on Social Media & the Reaction's Mixed at Best," 18 June 2019 Parchment promotes employee satisfaction and a feel-good work environment through fun team building events. Leigh Farr, azcentral, "MEDIUM COMPANY RANKINGS:," 13 June 2019

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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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