\ 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


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

Other Words from mind


minder noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for mind

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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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.” See More
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First Known Use of mind


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


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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mind. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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\ 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.


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.


\ 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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