\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

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 While babysitting and nannying may be the first options that come to mind, consider offering your services to a different demographic - senior citizens! Alessandra Puccio /, NBC News, "Finding your (hidden) value," 13 July 2018 Like the world’s preeminent fashion designers (Philadelphia’s own Ralph Rucci comes to mind), Hian is beyond stubborn. Elizabeth Wellington, Philly.com, "Welcome to Paula Hian's King of Prussia pop-up | Elizabeth Wellington," 12 July 2018 After touring a center, White said biblical scriptures about the immigration status of Jesus come to mind. Eugene Scott, Washington Post, "Trump allies keep using the Bible in the immigration debate," 12 July 2018 And just to add onto the pile, one other problem that immediately comes to mind is just the fact that a lot of small businesses — and even large businesses — don’t know how to participate in the federal contracting ecosystem. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full transcript: Matt Cutts of the U.S. Digital Service on Recode Decode," 12 July 2018 Kal-El and Pilot Inspektor come to mind—while some are just sweet and refreshingly unconventional. Virginia Van Zanten, Vogue, "The Most Unusual Celebrity Baby Names: Gravity, Pilot Inspektor, Fuschia, and More," 11 July 2018 At 70, Rundgren gave a nostalgic performance of his 1992 hit with his signature pop bounce and urgent vocals that brought to mind late rock icon Warren Zevon. Alessandra Rincón, Billboard, "Todd Rundgren's Utopia Rock Out 'One World' On 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!': Watch," 10 July 2018 Think of a sauropod, and a species like Brachiosaurus may come to mind: Long-necked, long-tailed, straight-legged with giant bodies and small heads. Amina Khan, latimes.com, "These long-necked, elephant-sized dinosaurs arose long before Brachiosaurus," 9 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Dustin Scott didn’t mind a six-hour layover in Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson airport. Annamaria Andriotis, WSJ, "The Airport Lounge, Once a Refuge, Is a Total Zoo," 30 Apr. 2018 Another label Ditto doesn't mind: social justice warrior. Hannah Yasharoff, USA TODAY, "Beth Ditto talks plus-size style, outspoken celebrities and acting with Joaquin Phoenix," 10 July 2018 An appealingly enormous, rectangular raviolo, with a line of meaty morels, peas, and chervil down its middle, brought to mind a high-rise, as on theme as a Mickey Mouse pancake at Disneyland. Hannah Goldfield, The New Yorker, "The Sprawling, Swanky, Slightly Sterile Legacy Records," 7 June 2018 There is no such thing as too much glitter, and this collection is perfect for anyone who doesn't mind washing out the sparkly particles from their entire body all summer. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Glitter Sunscreen Actually Exists, So You Can Protect Your Skin AND Keep It Sparkly," 9 Apr. 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


see mind entry 1

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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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