\ 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

Though invisible to our conscious minds, such tools indelibly shape us. Vanessa Chang, WIRED, "How Phone Taps and Swipes Train Us to Be Better Consumers," 10 July 2019 In my mind during that time, college football or the NFL weren't important. Adam Turer, Cincinnati.com, "How Kentucky, Highlands football hero Jared Lorenzen inspired players and fans," 10 July 2019 See what happens as your mind and body experience the discomfort. Jelena Kecmanovic, Washington Post, "Could our efforts to avoid anxiety only be making it worse?," 10 July 2019 With all of that in mind, signing up for the Haus Laboratories line—which will be rolled out over the next two months with a Gaga-helmed marketing campaign is no small deal for Amazon. Sangeeta Singh-kurtz, Quartzy, "Lady Gaga is Amazon’s golden ticket to beauty domination," 10 July 2019 Every time Ariana Grande switches up her hair, approximately 159 million people lose their minds. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Ariana Grande's Curls Made a Cameo on Her Vogue Cover," 9 July 2019 The subcategory doesn’t matter as much as the likelihood that in most of your minds, your American girl is white. Michael Washburn, Longreads, "Tom Petty’s Problematic Album Southern Accents," 9 July 2019 Built in 1887, the Hibbard House is a striking example of Queen Anne Victorian architecture, and the home has been renovated with authenticity in mind. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Towering 1887 Queen Anne asks $1.3M," 9 July 2019 Whether you're bound for the Smoky Mountains or Yellowstone, here's a piece of advice to keep in mind: Park rangers know best. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "Three Tips Park Rangers Wish You Knew Before You Visit," 9 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The shopkeeper, Mandelman said, didn’t seem to mind. Heather Knight, SFChronicle.com, "What does London lack that SF has in abundance? Misery on the streets," 9 July 2019 An earthquake rattled Southern California Friday night, but the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres didn't seem to mind. Alaa Abdeldaiem, SI.com, "Watch: Dodgers-Padres Game in Los Angeles Continues During Earthquake," 6 July 2019 But Trump’s scribbling enablers aside, Democratic voters don’t seem to mind. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "How Old is Too Old to Be President?," 2 July 2019 But luckily, Aniston never seems to mind talking about the show. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Jennifer Aniston Has Thoughts About Whether Ross and Rachel Would Still Be Together in 2019," 12 June 2019 The owner of the island will need a speedboat or helicopter to reach it, but prospective buyers don't seem to mind High Island's remote nature. Maya Mcdowell, House Beautiful, "There's a Private Island in Ireland on the Market For $1.4 Million," 22 Feb. 2019 Miami Northwestern had to come nearly 250 miles but the Bulls didn’t seem to mind a bit. Chris Hays, orlandosentinel.com, "Miami Northwestern wins UCF 7 on 7 tournament," 3 June 2019 Nicole didn't seem to mind opening up, or watching a pair of relative strangers play her parents. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Nicole Fosse Is Gwen Verdon and Bob Fosse's Daughter—And Fosse/Verdon's Greatest Asset," 15 May 2019 Sega posted a photo of a sheep on the Bayonetta news feed this week, which calls to mind a prominent element of the 2011 puzzle game—and just in time for the PS4 remaster, due to release later this year. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Super Meat Boy for free, Sega teases a Catherine port," 4 Jan. 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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