\ 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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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.”
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun And, no doubt, for his own escape, and peace of mind. BostonGlobe.com, "One of the voices is that of Dixon, who is not listed as a coach; rather, a volunteer for a Redhawk program that entered Friday’s Division 2 South final against Mansfield with a 9-0 record. He does this for the sheer joy of it, for love of the game but mostly for the kids.," 14 Nov. 2019 Climate change was certainly top of mind for Kayla Elam, a 25-year-old dental hygienist from Peoria, Illinois, who’s lived in Iowa for two years. Chloe Angyal, Marie Claire, "In Iowa, AOC Makes the Case for Bernie Sanders," 12 Nov. 2019 If Heat President Pat Riley didn’t finalize this thought after Waiters reported again out of shape and out of his mind this preseason — and Riley probably did then — this past weekend served to confirm the coming split. Dave Hyde, sun-sentinel.com, "Hyde: Heat’s Era of Lost Causes almost closed with Waiters’ coming exit | Commentary," 11 Nov. 2019 Without fanfare, Caldera has quietly helped hundreds of veterans obtain benefits and peace of mind. Vincent T. Davis, ExpressNews.com, "Vietnam veteran counsels San Antonio military veterans and invests in old West Side neighborhood," 11 Nov. 2019 Privacy is presumably top of mind for the general public, but people’s urge to literally see the face of their own future selves seemed to outweigh that threat. Kush Saxena, Quartz, "Engineers need a required course in ethics," 8 Nov. 2019 Sam has bigger things on her mind, namely her application to Harvard. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Good Girls Get High': Film Review," 7 Nov. 2019 Wildfires underway in California and events such as 2017's catastrophic hurricane season have helped make climate change a front-of-mind issue for U.S. voters, in contrast to past years. Jean Chemnick, Science | AAAS, "U.S. moves closer to withdrawing from Paris climate pact," 4 Nov. 2019 In a best-case scenario for Michigan, a couple of those teams struggle and Michigan plays out of its mind. Rainer Sabin, Detroit Free Press, "What's Michigan basketball's NCAA tournament forecast? Here's the best-case scenario," 3 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Editor-in-chief Adam Rapoport will not under any circumstances condone a raisin but, hey, senior food editor Molly Baz, who grew up eating kugel at a close friend’s house, doesn’t mind them. Sarah Jampel, Bon Appétit, "We Need To Talk About Noodle Kugel," 16 Sep. 2019 After years of minding his role, Jordan tried his hand as a playmaker. Rob Mahoney, SI.com, "Top 100 NBA Players of 2020," 12 Sep. 2019 That’s the case with the St. Paul’s Saints, although coach Steve Mask wouldn’t mind if his team played a game that didn’t end quite so dramatically. al, "St. Paul’s rallies in 2nd half for 2nd straight week, beats Baldwin County," 7 Sep. 2019 On Monday shopkeeper Ashif Lakhani was minding the NYC Smoke Shop & Vape Shop, which now derives about 40% to 50% of its business from the sale of vaping products. Washington Post, "Retailers scramble as NY moves to ban flavored e-cigarettes," 18 Sep. 2019 Start by looking at the topic on everyone’s minds this time of year, hurricanes and tropical storms. Dante Chinni, NBC News, "Extreme weather events (and the costs) are piling up," 15 Sep. 2019 More: In matchup of historic losing, Tigers bested by Orioles, 6-2 Hours before the Tigers played the Orioles for the inside track to the worst record in baseball, with no one in the stands, Ilitch minded his Q’s, too. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers owner still whiffing on the big question: When will wins come?," 13 Sep. 2019 The move to Amsterdam should help — and investors in Europe won't mind either. Julia Horowitz, CNN, "The trade war is quiet. Smart money sees a chance to take risks," 11 Sep. 2019 Contrary to industry norms, Hall doesn't mind if artists play other morning shows, so some acts use Fox & Friends -- which can accommodate an audience of 500 and serves barbecue to fans for breakfast -- to complement other TV appearances. Melinda Newman, Billboard, "Fox News' Concert Series Has Become a Go-To Source of Promotion -- But Some Artists Are Staying Away," 23 Aug. 2019

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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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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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