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 desire to own furniture that’s made for real life, that’s meant to anchor us in unmooring times, is meaningful, these designers feel. New York Times, 21 Sep. 2021 The insides of homes in Belmont also feel different, mostly because of the exceptional focus on energy efficiency. Chunka Mui, Forbes, 20 Sep. 2021 He’s not a brilliant ad-libber like so many of hip-hop’s major stars right now; the songs feel as tightly plotted as his elaborate music videos, with each melody and rhythm tailored for maximum impact. Los Angeles Times, 20 Sep. 2021 What about the millions of people who, having been infected at some point, now feel fine? Dhruv Khullar, The New Yorker, 20 Sep. 2021 The possibilities feel fairly endless (and, at times, overwhelming), but this gallery of 60 images of acrylic nail art ideas can be a guide for your next appointment. Gabi Thorne, Allure, 19 Sep. 2021 Basically, the first few episodes feel like the TV version of the franchise that someone would have made in the 1990s, which is fine, but not really the stuff of streaming. Brian Lowry, CNN, 17 Sep. 2021 But how do locals in tourism - both big and small - who depend on travelers feel about the slowdown? Natalie B. Compton, Anchorage Daily News, 17 Sep. 2021 For many, the numbers feel significantly higher than last year’s reports, during which the highest-ever student case count was 1,095 the week of April 8 to 14. BostonGlobe.com, 17 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The colorful tiny houses have lofts, decks, an open-air feel, and stunning waterfront views to take in those famous Keys sunsets. Broadry Outdoos, USA TODAY, 22 Sep. 2021 The feel of cooler temperatures after a long summer. David G. Allan, CNN, 22 Sep. 2021 Finished off with her black aviators and a snakeskin clutch, her whole ensemble had a polished, model-off-duty feel. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 21 Sep. 2021 Waddingham's early win kicked off a landfall of accolades for the feel-good Apple+ comedy series, currently in its second season. Andrea Towers, EW.com, 20 Sep. 2021 For the purposes of the recent art fair, the rough walls, floors and ceilings certainly lent an edgy, more intimate feel than a traditional art fair. Joanne Shurvell, Forbes, 20 Sep. 2021 And people are calling on District officials to take immediate actions to show that its Vision Zero plan, which calls for eliminating all traffic deaths by 2024, is more than just a feel-good, look-good measure. Washington Post, 18 Sep. 2021 These elements offer a classic, traditional feel, even though the house was built just this year. Lennie Omalza, The Courier-Journal, 16 Sep. 2021 If your spirits are low, a visit to Hey Love, where the lush, tropical feel — a full-time person was hired to maintain all the greenery — will perk you up. Katie Chang, Travel + Leisure, 13 Sep. 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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“Feel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/feel. Accessed 26 Sep. 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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