feel

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

Synonyms: Noun

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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 The façades of Main Street, U.S.A., may have a backlot feel, and Sleeping Beauty Castle may lack the majesty of its German inspiration, but these are very real landmarks. Los Angeles Times, "Disneyland’s reopening: Why it matters and what to pay attention to when you return," 30 Apr. 2021 Some parents may feel their children need guidance on how to wisely spend gifted dollars; others aren’t comfortable attaching any strings to gifts. Cheryl Winokur Munk, WSJ, "When to Give Inheritance Money to Your Kids," 30 Apr. 2021 Investors looking to invest in Cincinnati must feel there’s an equal playing field and that everyone is negotiating in good faith. Andrea Reeves, The Enquirer, "Cecil Thomas: 'I'm running to restore the integrity of the Queen City'," 30 Apr. 2021 The mom has heard from other parents with same concerns, whose kids feel left out and disengaged. Lily Altavena, Detroit Free Press, "Hybrid school isn't working, some Michigan parents, teachers say. Here's why.," 30 Apr. 2021 The administration has faced intense criticism from some parents who feel there is not enough urgency in the push to reopen school buildings. Kate Sullivan, CNN, "Biden says schools 'should probably all be open' in the fall," 30 Apr. 2021 Indian Americans feel helpless as family in India falls ill From 8,000 miles away, New Jersey resident Radhika Iyengar worries about her 82-year-old mother in Bhopal, India. Elinor Aspegren, USA TODAY, "Disneyland to welcome back guests for the first time in 412 days; more states seeing cases in younger adults: Live COVID-19 updates," 30 Apr. 2021 His last workout didn’t inspire a lot of confidence, but there are some, including Cox, who feel it’s not indicative of his potential performance. BostonGlobe.com, "Handicapping the 2021 Kentucky Derby," 29 Apr. 2021 The braided texture creates a perfect casual, coastal, farmhouse, or global look and feel. Chris Hachey, BGR, "Best Circular Rug for Your Home," 29 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Joey Olson moved to Commerce five years ago from the Los Angeles area, drawn by its education system and small-town feel. Greg Bluestein, ajc, "A green tech battery plant is transforming deep-red Georgia," 2 May 2021 Cross basically joins the story in progress, with the Foxes on the run from the feds, giving the story a more espionage-type feel, as the family must drop everything and begin its pilgrimage through the desert. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'The Mosquito Coast' feels even weirder moving the book into the modern age," 30 Apr. 2021 At checkout, customers choose an initial firmness level (medium or firm), but the cover can be unzipped and the layers rotated to adjust the feel based on your changing sleep habits. Jennifer Walker-journey, Better Homes & Gardens, "The 9 Best Organic Mattresses to Shop in 2021, According to Sleep Experts," 30 Apr. 2021 The buildings and gardens that the Mexican architect Luis Barragán realized in the second half of his career, from the 1940s to the late ’70s, have in common a monastic feel that tends to inspire a contemplative state in a visitor. New York Times, "The T List: Five Things We Recommend This Week," 29 Apr. 2021 Shoppers can pick one up in a plush, mid-plush or firm feel in both standard or king sizes. Jon Winkler, USA TODAY, "These Brooklinen sheets are the best ones we've ever laid on—and they're on mega-sale," 28 Apr. 2021 The fiber side has a rough feel to grip the back of the rug. Chris Hachey, BGR, "Best Rug Pad," 28 Apr. 2021 This gives the finished video a far more natural and professional feel. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, "Brothers Raise $9.5m In Series A Funding To Develop Their Riverside Platform," 27 Apr. 2021 The building, which will be constructed beyond the left-field wall, will be between 28,000-35,000 square feel and large enough to house an entire infield. Cameron Teague Robinson, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville announces it will build $12 million indoor baseball facility," 26 Apr. 2021

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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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The first known use of feel was before the 12th century

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3 May 2021

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“Feel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/feel. Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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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 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 feel (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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