mind

noun
\ ˈmīnd How to pronounce mind (audio) \

Definition of mind

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : recollection, memory keep that in mind time out of mind
2a : the element or complex (see complex entry 1 sense 1) of elements in an individual that feels, perceives, thinks, wills, and especially reasons Keep your mind active as you grow older.
b : the conscious mental events and capabilities in an organism
c : the organized conscious and unconscious adaptive mental activity of an organism
3 : intention, desire I changed my mind
4 : the normal or healthy condition of the mental faculties Who in their right mind would try such a stunt?
5 : opinion, view was urged to speak his mind
6 : disposition, mood He's in a bad state of mind.
7a : a person or group embodying mental qualities the public mind
b : intellectual ability the works of men of mind— Alfred Tennyson
8 capitalized, Christian Science : god sense 1b
9 : a conscious substratum or factor in the universe
10 : attention pay him no mind

mind

verb
minded; minding; minds

Definition of mind (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 chiefly dialectal : remind
2 chiefly dialectal : remember
3 : to attend to closely
4a(1) : to become aware of : notice
(2) : to regard with attention : consider important often used in the imperative with following you for emphasis I'm not against inspiration, mind you; I simply refuse to sit and stare at a blank page waiting for it— Dennis Whitcomb
b chiefly dialectal : intend, purpose
5a : to give heed to attentively in order to obey
b : to follow the orders or instructions of
6a : to be concerned about
b : dislike I don't mind going
7a : to be careful : see mind you finish it
b : to be cautious about mind the broken rung
8 : to give protective care to : tend

intransitive verb

1 : to be attentive or wary
2 : to become concerned : care
3 : to pay obedient heed or attention

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Other Words from mind

Verb

minder noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for mind

Synonyms: Noun

brain, cerebrum, head, psyche, thinker

Synonyms: Verb

attend, hark, harken, hear, hearken, heed, listen

Antonyms: Verb

ignore, tune out

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Examples of mind in a Sentence

Noun

He read great literature to develop his mind. It's important to keep your mind active as you grow older. He went for a walk to help clear his mind. the mysteries of the human mind My mind is always open to new ideas. You can't argue with him. His mind is closed. I can't concentrate: my mind is always wandering and I can't keep it focused on anything. The smell of pine sends my mind back to childhood. The sound of her voice jerked my mind back to the present. My mind tells me it can't work, but my heart tells me I want to try it.

Verb

It was raining, but I didn't mind. I don't mind very much what happens. “Why is he so angry?” “Oh, don't mind him. He's always complaining about something.”
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Luckily, Toy Story 4 (written by Andrew Stanton and Stephany Folsom, and directed by Josh Cooley in his filmmaking debut) has some very heady things in mind. David Sims, The Atlantic, "A Plaything Made Out of Trash Is the Real Star of Toy Story 4," 13 June 2019 That leaves nine players in the rotation — keeping in mind Virginia Tech grad transfer Kerry Blackshear remains a target. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "UK Mailbag: Basketball returner and newcomer to watch, football expectations and more," 13 June 2019 That being said, don’t expect any Sharpie style markers here, Brow Flick is made with the Glossier girl in mind, so the pigment is sheer, and designed to look very natural, not drawn on. Glamour, "We Tried Glossier's New Brow Flick Pen, and It's As Good As Microblading," 12 June 2019 Read on for all the ways the pros avoid the sun; and keep in mind, these tips double as the list of reasons why your dermatologist's skin is so radiant. 1. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "How to Protect Your Skin From the Sun Like a Dermatologist This Summer," 12 June 2019 With someone like Thor and someone like Cap working toward the same objective, things could potentially get a little unbalanced, but Therien says the level design has been crafted with each hero’s strengths in mind. Evan Lewis, EW.com, "5 takeaways from the Marvel's Avengers E3 gameplay demo," 12 June 2019 Keep that in mind when using them in cooking or service; some balancing acidity or sweetness (dried fruit, perhaps) works well. Bill St. John, The Denver Post, "Marinating olives, Sicilian style and simply," 12 June 2019 This in mind, the county has included the Quentin/Old McHenry/Canadian National Railroad tangle on a list of 36 expansion projects eyed over the next five years. Dan Moran, Lake County News-Sun, "Moran: Lake County dreams of more railroad bridges as Illinois capital bill moves toward reality," 11 June 2019 That distinction lets Apple credibly take a privacy-first posture, and allowed it to build a sign-in button with all the convenience of rival offerings, but with privacy in mind. Patrick Lucas Austin, Time, "Apple's Most Significant New Innovation Is a Little Black Button. Here's Why," 11 June 2019

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The Morgan family actually doesn't mind the sight of deer around the neighborhood. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A deer and dog had a wild encounter in a Wauwatosa backyard," 10 June 2019 Colorado Department of Transportation Over Memorial Day weekend, a mountain highway in Colorado was just minding its own business, being a nice, normal road and facilitating the transportation of automobiles and trucks hither and yon. Sarah Todd, Quartz, "A giant boulder in Colorado offers a philosophical lesson for all of us," 8 June 2019 The Jonas Brothers might've just come back into the spotlight, but Nick Jonas wouldn't mind stepping away for a simpler life. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra Would Gladly Leave the Spotlight and Live on a Farm," 6 June 2019 Before the attacks, everybody minded their own business. Donna Vickroy, Daily Southtown, "As children born in the year of 9/11 come of age, their parents describe efforts to create a better world," 5 June 2019 May’s Conservative Party is split between Brexit advocates, some of whom wouldn’t mind leaving the EU without a deal, and more moderate pro-Remain folks. Jen Kirby, Vox, "Theresa May is seeking a lifeline from the EU after Brexit deal chaos," 11 Dec. 2018 Flowering shrubs like hydrangeas (or plants that don’t mind moisture) can act like a living shower wall (and tend to be cheaper). Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, "What You Should Know Before Installing an Outdoor Shower," 11 Apr. 2019 There is, of course, one confection that always comes to mind right around this time: Peeps, obviously! Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "This Year's New Peeps Flavors Will Have You Hopping Over to the Grocery Store," 15 Mar. 2019 This Los Angeles acting ensemble blends theater, movement and dance in a well-produced, if somewhat mind-boggling, play about how humans treat both plastics and immigrant workers as disposable. Pam Kragen, sandiegouniontribune.com, "San Diego International Fringe Festival gets off to a smooth and diverse start," 25 June 2018

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First Known Use of mind

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for mind

Noun and Verb

Middle English, from Old English gemynd; akin to Old High German gimunt memory, Latin ment-, mens mind, monēre to remind, warn, Greek menos spirit, mnasthai, mimnēskesthai to remember

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mind

noun

English Language Learners Definition of mind

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the part of a person that thinks, reasons, feels, and remembers
used to describe the way a person thinks or the intelligence of a person
: a very intelligent person

mind

verb

English Language Learners Definition of mind (Entry 2 of 2)

: to be bothered by (something) : to object to or dislike (something)
: to care about or worry about (something or someone)
used to make a polite request

mind

noun
\ ˈmīnd How to pronounce mind (audio) \

Kids Definition of mind

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the part of a person that thinks, reasons, feels, understands, and remembers
2 : memory sense 1 Keep my advice in mind.
3 : intention sense 1 I changed my mind.
4 : a person's view or opinion about something Speak your mind.

mind

verb
minded; minding

Kids Definition of mind (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to pay attention to Mind what you're doing.
2 : obey sense 1 Be sure to mind the teacher.
3 : to be bothered by “Don't mind the boys,” Abigail whispered. “They tease.”— Alice Dalgliesh, The Courage of Sarah Noble
4 : to object to : dislike I don't mind the cold.
5 : to take charge of Please mind the children.
6 : to be careful about You should mind what you say.

mind

noun
\ ˈmīnd How to pronounce mind (audio) \

Medical Definition of mind

1 : the element or complex of elements in an individual that feels, perceives, thinks, wills, and especially reasons
2 : the conscious mental events and capabilities in an organism
3 : the organized conscious and unconscious adaptive mental activity of an organism

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