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 outfeeling 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 Just like 2015, Beijing needs to rekindle bull spirits so consumers can feel richer and start spending again. Washington Post, "Relax. China Only Wants a Bull Market, Not a Mad Cow," 18 Sep. 2019 Trent Alexander-Arnold is the Scouser in the team, but there finally feels like there is promise of, if not more local lads, at least starlets who have come through at Melwood. SI.com, "Rhian Brewster: It's Time to Finally See What England's Other Wonderkid Can Do," 17 Sep. 2019 Heading into his postgame press conference, Beckham Jr. acknowledged the moment and felt the love from Infante, along with the New York crowd as a whole. Hayden Grove, cleveland.com, "Odell Beckham Jr. signs special autograph for fan who will have it tattooed," 17 Sep. 2019 Otherwise, most of the attempts at character moments feel forced and sophomoric in a way that would probably make the average teenager groan. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Borderlands 3 is a lot more Borderlands, in ways both good and bad," 17 Sep. 2019 The band broke up in 1988, but their influence would be deeply felt in the 1990s and beyond. CBS News, "Wife recounts finding Ric Ocasek after he died: "I touched his cheek"," 17 Sep. 2019 The startup’s CEO Gordon Smith said the tool will feel familiar to those who use residential tech like Zillow. San Diego Union-Tribune, "East Village startup gets $10M to build ‘Zillow for commercial real estate’," 17 Sep. 2019 But Schwarzman describes several instances when the Chinese felt exhausted and slighted. Cristina Alesci, CNN, "Stephen Schwarzman writes in new book about his role as Trump interlocutor with China," 17 Sep. 2019 Most models do take the system close to Bermuda, which will most likely feel the effects of Hurricane Humberto in the next few days. Joe Mario Pedersen, orlandosentinel.com, "Next tropical depression could form soon, likely to steer clear of Florida," 17 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun And, of course, the smell and feel of new clothes is a beautiful thing. Longreads, "My Love Affair with Chairs," 13 Sep. 2019 With its custom four-poster daybed and ceiling sheathed in woven grasscloth, the inviting guest bedroom has a cocoon-like feel. Monique Valeris, ELLE Decor, "Thom Filicia's Latest New York Project is the Perfect Union of Classic and Modern Design," 13 Sep. 2019 With feels ranging from Soft to Medium to Firm, this mattress is a product of more than years and millions of hours of testing by Tempur-Pedic’s thermal, material, and textile engineers. Tempur-pedic, Bon Appétit, "The Ultimate Stay-in-Bed Weekend and the Recipes to Make It Happen," 11 Sep. 2019 So, what’s the special sauce of a feel-good, serotonin-boosting song? NBC News, "These summer jams may boost your mood more than coffee," 28 July 2019 In April of last year, President Trump signed what looked like a feel-good bipartisan bill in an era of congressional gridlock. Teen Vogue, "The 2020 Democratic Candidates Who Voted in Favor of SESTA/FOSTA," 2 Apr. 2019 Listening to Billie Eilish can get someone in their feels real fast. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "20 Billie Eilish Memes That'll Make Bad Guys ROFL," 12 Sep. 2019 Sunday football is starting to have a Saturday feel for it. Bob Mcmanaman, azcentral, "Dual-threat quarterbacks Kyler Murray and Lamar Jackson could be 'the future of football'," 11 Sep. 2019 Mannion brings a good feel for the game and good vision to the floor for this year’s Arizona squad. Emily Caron, SI.com, "Nico Mannion Looks Poised to Be the Answer Arizona Needs at Point Guard," 11 Sep. 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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feel

verb
How to pronounce feel (audio)

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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