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

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 Reginald Alston never expected to get a coronavirus vaccine and never expected anyone would change his mind about it. Anchorage Daily News, 31 May 2021 Also, keep in mind that Starbucks located inside Target locations will follow Target's Memorial Day hours with most stores open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, 31 May 2021 Keep in mind that both of these are cheaper around bigger shopping holidays. Medea Giordano, Wired, 31 May 2021 Keep in mind, that increase happened while the number of people flying was down from pre-pandemic levels. Michael Smolens Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 30 May 2021 The parade was organized with COVID-19 regulations in mind. BostonGlobe.com, 30 May 2021 With that in mind, investors are trying to figure out which of these top techs still might be worth buying — and whether there are other companies in the sector that could be good bargains too. Paul R. La Monica, CNN, 30 May 2021 Reginald Alston never expected to get a coronavirus vaccine and never expected anyone would change his mind about it. Lena H. Sun, Washington Post, 30 May 2021 Twitter users have been complaining for years, almost since the launch, about the inability to remove a tweet quickly and change your mind. John Brandon, Forbes, 30 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But the only guy that comes to mind that's even close is Marc Ribot, who sat in with us one time. Ed Masley, The Arizona Republic, 27 May 2021 The Blackhawks are good at finding defensemen with strong offensive skills (Erik Gustafsson springs to mind). Chris Sosa, chicagotribune.com, 23 May 2021 Great surrealist art is called to mind — or actually used — as Mormeneo’s character, called The Mover, falls deeper into his thoughts and tangles with artificial intelligence. Matthew J. Palm, orlandosentinel.com, 21 May 2021 Previous to the day of their date, when dinner is winding down and Rumsey starts to read his poem, Cora leaves — the poem brings Caesar to mind. Steffan Triplett, Vulture, 17 May 2021 The iconic Paris apartment of 20th-century socialite-turned-baroness Pauline de Rothschild immediately jumped to mind. Anna Logan, House Beautiful, 13 May 2021 The line returns to mind today, though in slightly sinister reverse. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, 7 May 2021 Miami comes to mind significantly as many relocated there during the Covid-19 crisis. Roxanne Robinson, Forbes, 27 Apr. 2021 The one big thing that came to mind for him was to create something new that would bring opportunities to youth who looked like himself. Scott Luxor, sun-sentinel.com, 23 Apr. 2021

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

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“Mind.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mind. Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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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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