\ 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 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

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


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

Bixby wasn’t included in any demonstrations of the Note 10’s many new software tricks, productivity enhancements, and features designed with convenience in mind. Chris Welch, The Verge, "Samsung didn’t mention Bixby once during its entire Galaxy Note 10 event," 8 Aug. 2019 With that in mind, the Junior League used wooden and recycled plastic for individual plots that could easily pick up and move to a new location. Brooke Baitinger, sun-sentinel.com, "Boca community garden forced to make way for Brightline station," 7 Aug. 2019 The direct-to-consumer brand revolution normally has a target demographic in mind, urban, upwardly mobile, and millennial. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Organic lawn care startup Sunday is here to disrupt the American yard," 7 Aug. 2019 Shoppers should bring their own packing materials and keep in mind that all stock is sold as is. Greg Crawford, Detroit Free Press, "The weekend: Ribs R&B Music Festival; drag racing in Pontiac; 'Impractical Jokers' stars," 7 Aug. 2019 That storyline could have so easily felt exploitative, but Orange always kept her personhood in mind. Emily Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Orange Is the New Black," 7 Aug. 2019 Even more bizarre, both the Right and the Left have very similar solutions in mind. Jonah Goldberg, National Review, "Neither Left nor Right Has Proper Remedy for America’s Illness," 7 Aug. 2019 Why tune in: Brigid Schulte designed this podcast with busy working moms in mind. Jennifer Folsom, NBC News, "5 awesome podcasts working moms should be listening to right now," 6 Aug. 2019 This could begin with the companies that build social media platforms, but users could be forgiven for not trusting tech giants to have our best interests in mind. Jamil Zaki, Scientific American, "The Technology of Kindness," 6 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The trashy, hardcore-lite vibe of e-juice calls to mind some small-batch hot sauce brands, which feature imagery of ghosts, skulls, and devils to match the searing, masochistic heat of whatever pepper’s inside. Kate Mooney, Vox, "Crowded shelves and melting skulls: why so many vape stores look the same," 26 July 2019 But the film's leading lady didn't appear to mind one bit. Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY, "Brad Pitt hilariously photo-bombs 'Once Upon A Time' co-star Margot Robbie," 11 July 2019 Those looking to enter or exit I-43 at Silver Spring should also mind the construction. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Avoid summer traffic headaches and watch out for these seven major construction projects in the Milwaukee area," 18 June 2019 The Orange and Blue won't mind one bit if Vanney goes in that direction. Pat Brennan, Cincinnati.com, "FC Cincinnati at Toronto FC, BMO Field in MLS action: Keys to the match and prediction," 25 July 2019 That Johnson is poised to take up the leadership role at this extraordinarily delicate juncture is still mind-boggling to many of his compatriots. Christina Boyle, Los Angeles Times, "Boris Johnson, one of Britain’s most eccentric politicians, on track to be next prime minister," 22 July 2019 Click through the slideshow to see some of the best options for diners minding their carbs. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "Eating on-the-run but counting carbs? Check out these fast-food meals," 22 July 2019 This game certainly won't live long in the memory, but Mandi and Algeria will not mind that at all. SI.com, "Senegal 0-1 Algeria: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Freak Goal Fires Desert Foxes to AFCON Glory," 19 July 2019 Aside from the very real reliability concerns, the low-profile keyboard is something you either viscerally hate to type on or don’t mind at all. Dan Seifert, The Verge, "Apple’s new entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro is an obvious upgrade," 17 July 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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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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