\ˈmīnd \

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

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Other Words from mind


minder noun

Examples of mind in a Sentence


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.


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

Puzzling over those data, researchers in Israel turned the mind-body question into an easier-to-measure physiological one: Would activation of the reward circuit have any effect on the immune system? Esther Landhuis, Scientific American, "Could Brain Stimulation Slow Cancer?," 13 July 2018 Blessed with a sharp mind, Sturgis loved to philosophize. Erin Mccarthy, Philly.com, "Mark Sturgis: A big 'teddy bear' with a strong sense of self," 13 July 2018 The fact that our knee jerk reaction to a woman becoming single is one of exhilarated empowerment rather than pity or dismay shows that minds have been changed, even slightly. Kathryn Lindsay, refinery29.com, "Why Be Engaged When You Can Be An Ex?," 13 July 2018 The hard Brexit faction in the House began making insurrectionary noises; Westminster went febrile; the chance of a Tory party coup against May was on everyone’s mind; further resignations were expected. Andrew Sullivan, Daily Intelligencer, "Did Trump Just Help Stop Brexit?," 13 July 2018 But spending less on the military is the furthest thing from the president’s mind. Lindsay Koshgarian, Fortune, "Trump’s Complaints About NATO Defense Spending Don’t Add Up," 12 July 2018 Still, like Thoreau, Mr. Dann sees that material possessions can crowd out the higher life of the mind and spirit. Kelly Scott Franklin, WSJ, "‘The Road to Walden’ Review: Peripatetic Ponderings," 12 July 2018 Individually, our stories may cause doubt in some minds. Ryan Martin, Indianapolis Star, "GOP staffer speaks on groping allegations against Attorney General Curtis Hill," 12 July 2018 In an attempt to be ecumenical, a second example comes to mind: Former GOP Rep. Ray LaHood, who ran the Obama Transportation Department. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "Why an Antitrust Farce Must Continue," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

That’s rankled some opponents, who probably wouldn’t mind that kind of support. Michael Smolens, sandiegouniontribune.com, "The final push for team Gonzalez Fletcher," 27 May 2018 The center is looking for one or two volunteers who would not mind looking over text to proofread. Courant Community, "Community News For The East Hartford Edition," 24 Apr. 2018 That's part of why Hipps doesn't mind Gertrude's demeanor. Bethany Augliere, National Geographic, "Head-Banging Gopher Tortoise Shows Why The Species Matters," 10 Apr. 2018 Humble’s also got a pretty great bundle going on right now, for those who don’t mind shelling out a few dollars for hours of entertainment. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Red Faction Guerrilla gets 'Re-Mars-Stered,' de_dust2 appears in Far Cry 5," 30 Mar. 2018 Deer Park won’t mind returning to Kapner Field because that’s where the squad won a Director’s Tournament in pretty convincing fashion back on June 17. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Mustang all-stars open Coast Region play against Vidor squad," 4 July 2018 That said, LeBron wouldn’t mind having a power forward with legit 3-point range and the ability to put the ball on the floor around. Steven Ruiz, For The Win, "Lakers players not named LeBron, ranked by their likelihood to remain on team," 1 July 2018 While some transgender people don't want pre-transition photos shared, others may not mind. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, "Kylie Jenner's Father's Day Post for Caitlyn Jenner Criticized," 18 June 2018 Guess Drake didn't mind seeing Jimmy's ex Hazel (Andrea Lewis) at the reunion, either. refinery29.com, "Every Degrassi Reference You Missed In Drake's "I'm Upset" From An Unironic Superfan," 14 June 2018

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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


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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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



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


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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.


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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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obstinately defiant of authority

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