\ 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 emphasisI'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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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.”
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Plus, some of these stores will ship your new boat and paddles straight to your door, though keep in mind there may be an additional shipping fee. Courtney Campbell, USA TODAY, "Kayaks, paddle boards, and canoes are selling out—here’s where to still buy them," 13 July 2020 So as the summer heat intensifies, bear this little nugget of good news in mind. Alex Hutchinson, Outside Online, "What We Learn When Humans Race Against Horses," 12 July 2020 With that in mind, Rising FC supporters are ready to cheer once again. Briar Napier, The Arizona Republic, "Phoenix Rising FC fans get involved without attending matches in sign drop-off event," 11 July 2020 In all circumstances, try to keep the safety of your fellow passengers in mind. Colleen Stinchcombe, SELF, "How Risky Is It to Take a Road Trip, Train Trip, or Flight Right Now?," 11 July 2020 Some of Berding's engagement efforts touched the lives of club's players but a team of FCC employees worked on the soccer side of the organization to ensure players could weather the pandemic emotionally and with a return to play in mind. Pat Brennan, The Enquirer, "Here's the unique path FC Cincinnati had to take to the MLS Is Back Tournament," 11 July 2020 The following are a few general tips to always keep in mind when fermenting your own booze, for quality’s sake. Parker Hall, Wired, "Everything You Need To Make Beer, Wine, Cider, and Mead," 11 July 2020 Keep in mind, capacity might be limited and social-distancing restrictions will be in place. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, "12 things to do in Cleveland this weekend," 9 July 2020 Luckett knew coming into the season that there was one goal in mind. Marcus Gutierrez, Houston Chronicle, "Kingwood pitcher Nick Luckett to continue baseball journey at HBCU Southern University," 9 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The exchange brings to mind the 2016 campaign, when media personalities speculated that Mr. Trump would refuse to concede to Hillary Clinton. Barton Swaim, WSJ, "Will Democrats Accept Another Trump Victory?," 10 July 2020 The bigger schools are scrambling for survival too, mind you. Gregg Doyel, The Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: Big Ten cancels nonconference games to save itself, signaling beginning of the end of 2020 season," 9 July 2020 Here lies the main reason Beijing may not mind another Trump term: His style of foreign policy—unilateral, personalized, and fixated on dollars-and-cents matters—has severely weakened America’s traditional system of alliances. Michael Schuman, The Atlantic, "Why China Wants Trump to Win," 7 July 2020 Never mind that climate change also happens to be Payton’s signature issue, Georgina is also infinitely more popular, upstaging his campaign from 3,000 miles away. EW.com, "The Politician season 2 binge recap," 19 June 2020 Wochit Living over the shop brings to mind an old-timey image — a barber shop, a tailor shop— with steep, skinny stairs up one side. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "$925K Birmingham condo above shops is finished in eccentric style," 13 June 2020 Dudzik said Central Indiana residents should keep an eye on severe threats Tuesday and mind any watches or warnings. Elizabeth Depompei, Indianapolis Star, "Central Indiana could see severe storms, high winds Tuesday afternoon and evening," 9 June 2020 Summer relaxation brings to mind pool floaties, fire pits, and lounge chairs. Braelyn Wood, Health.com, "The Luna Weighted Blanket Gives the Soothing Benefits of Weighted Blankets Without Overheating," 4 June 2020 Cooper’s threat brings to mind the most infamous false accusation by a white woman, the one that led to the killing of Emmett Till, a 14-year-old teenager from Chicago, who was lynched in Money, Mississippi, in 1955. National Geographic, "‘It was a modern-day lynching’: Violent deaths reflect a brutal American legacy," 4 June 2020

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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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The first known use of mind was before the 12th century

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19 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Mind.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mind. Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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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


\ 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.


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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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