feel

verb
\ˈfēl \
felt\ˈfelt \; 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

An art maven’s weekly fix of the local arts scene: what to see, what to hear, what to do, who to meet and musings about how art makes people feel—their ArtFeel. Nickole Kerner Bobley, Houston Chronicle, "ART FEEL: Woodlands native Phil Hernandez wins ASCAP award," 13 July 2018 Talk’ There’s an efficiency to the bowl that can make plates feel cumbersome by comparison. Bee Wilson, WSJ, "The Comfort of Bowl Food," 13 July 2018 Brice Loose can tell you exactly what an elephant seal feels like: a furry inflatable squishy toy, not quite as hard as a basketball. Kasha Patel, Smithsonian, "How Data-Gathering Seals Help Scientists Measure the Melting Antarctic," 13 July 2018 Having said that, the Justice Department’s decision to appeal its lost case against the merger feels like a waste of government time and money. Alan Murray, Fortune, "Trump Diplomacy, Wilbur Ross, China Surplus: CEO Daily for July 13, 2018," 13 July 2018 But the weather will soon start feeling more like July, said National Weather Service meteorologist Tom Dang. Anna Buchmann, sacbee, "Here’s why it was cloudy with morning sprinkles in Sacramento. How long will it last?," 13 July 2018 And while increasingly difficult to articulate, Key West’s brand of camp reflects Wolkowsky’s understanding — never on the nose, always sideways, a place where anonymity feels like an innate right. Krista Stevens, Longreads, "The Town That Camp Built," 12 July 2018 Making that woman into a revolutionary hero feels like a difficult leap. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "The Handmaid’s Tale season 2 was masterful. But it may have broken the show.," 11 July 2018 In an industry built on numbers, Mr. Daly believes in emotions and that employees who feel good will do good work. Christina Rexrode, WSJ, "Meet the CEO of ‘America’s Most Exciting Bank’—at Least as He’s Branded It," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Designer Simon Porte Jacquemus and his La Bomba spring 2018 collection is partly responsible, with its gigantic shoulder-grazing headgear that defied gravity (and practicality) and evoked the luxurious feel of a beachside vacation. Halie Lesavage, Glamour, "How a Larger-Than-Life Sunhat Became Summer's Must-Have Accessory," 11 July 2018 Mafia Deep Blue Bag Best for: Vacationing sea monsters The shell of the Deep Blue gets its crinkly feel from recycled spinnaker sails. Michael Calore, WIRED, "2 Eco-Friendly Backpacks for Your Anywhere Adventures," 9 July 2018 From the way the 18-hole championship layout nestles itself into the rolling hills of the Frederick County countryside to the authentic feel of the refurbished 19th century clubhouse and rustic cart barn, there’s a natural beauty to the property. Brent Kennedy, Howard County Times, "Worthington Manor Golf Club," 29 June 2018 Fernando is still learning the game, and his feel for the game fluctuates. Don Markus, baltimoresun.com, "As Terps' Huerter and Fernando weigh NBA draft decisions, here are some pros and cons to consider," 21 May 2018 Hamidou Diallo was the greatest athlete in the country quickly developing his feel for the game. Fletcher Page, The Courier-Journal, "What Tyrese Maxey's commitment means for Kentucky basketball," 9 May 2018 Mike Paris, a real estate agent who's lived and worked in the area since 1998, said Sierra Madre has maintained its authentic feel through the fierce loyalty of its residents — and that probably won't change anytime soon. Scott Garner, latimes.com, "Neighborhood Spotlight: Sierra Madre is a quaint foothill character," 20 Apr. 2018 Apple has also described the new keyboard as having a slightly different key feel. Lauren Goode, WIRED, "Apple's MacBook Pros Get Faster Chips, New Keyboards (Kinda)," 12 July 2018 Castellon’s shop at 626 E. Main St. has a chic but rustic feel to it. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "NuLu's new barbershop is keeping patrons as fresh as the neighborhood," 10 July 2018

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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

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

Noun

see feel entry 1

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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 \
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 \
felt\ˈfelt \; 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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