mind

noun
\ 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

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

Here are a few things to keep in mind when looking at the rising STI rates: 1. SELF, "Here's Why Sexually Transmitted Infection Rates Are So High, According to STI Experts," 8 Jan. 2019 Keep in mind that plants with larger leaves — think: palms — purify air quicker. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "12 Houseplants That Purify Your Home's Air," 7 Jan. 2019 What that means, Bryant said, was preparing with success in mind, no matter what the obstacle or the opponent would be. Pete Iacobelli, The Seattle Times, "Clemson carrying memories of year’s loss into title game," 2 Jan. 2019 At the same time, just to keep in mind, Google is going heavy into photos. Eric Johnson, Recode, "How Imgur avoids the ugliness of social media," 26 Dec. 2018 Expect a first-floor Japanese restaurant, chic outdoor pool, and comfy suites designed with business travelers in mind. Erin Florio, Condé Nast Traveler, "What to Do in Bangkok in January 2019," 18 Dec. 2018 Just keep in mind, a healthy diet can help ease some period symptoms, like cramps, and acne. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "7 Period Symptoms That Are Totally Normal," 5 Dec. 2018 Frank Randall is perhaps Outlander's most tragic character. Expertly portrayed by actor Tobias Menzies, Frank is flawed and inextricably linked in the mind of the viewer to his sadistic ancestor, Black Jack Randall. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "What Tobias Menzies's Return to Outlander Reveals About Frank Randall," 17 Dec. 2018 Is a killing imminent, or does the danger exist only in the mind of the potential victim? Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "The Best Film of 2018: Love in Many Forms," 17 Dec. 2018

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There are at least two tech geniuses who don't mind the loathsome dish-washing chore: Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates. Kaitlin Menza, House Beautiful, "Is Hand-Washing Dishes A Secret To The Success Of Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates?," 29 Dec. 2018 Other than the ignition button on the steering wheel (inconvenient) and the glorious Alfa Romeo badge, there isn’t much to the interior that brings to mind an Italian sport sedan. Mark Maynard, sandiegouniontribune.com, "2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia Ti: fast-casual Italian," 15 June 2018 But in Pyongyang’s mind the most important part of the story is what came after that. Washington Post, "North Korea slams Pence as summit with Trump grows shakier," 24 May 2018 Callaway’s gaffe brings to mind the Phillies’ first series of the season in Atlanta, when Kapler summoned a relief pitcher who had not yet warmed up. Scott Lauber, Philly.com, "Gabe Kapler can relate to Mets manager Mickey Callaway's gaffe," 11 May 2018 This was one time Gonzalez wouldn't mind people talking about his pitch leaving the park. Stephen Schroats, star-telegram, "White Sox pitcher lends voice to impromptu Cinco de Mayo celebration | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 5 May 2018 This may bring to mind the wood, nut and pecan flavors of Woodford Reserve. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "A bourbon tasting game will amp up your Kentucky Derby party," 11 Apr. 2018 This is why Crawford doesn’t mind the incessant injury talk. Laken Litman, Indianapolis Star, "Notre Dame's Shaun Crawford's 'suddenness' is finally back after two injuries," 9 Apr. 2018 Above the bed, a Brutalist 1960s sculpture by William Friedle emphasizes the couple’s interest in nature and brings to mind dead leaves in the fall. Bob Morris, ELLE Decor, "A Minimalist West Village Townhouse Is Given a Sensuous and Cerebral New Life," 23 Nov. 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 \

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 \

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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