\ 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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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 With that in mind, the people charged with making this season happen will not mince words, not when health, money, livelihoods and, if the sport beats the odds and all goes well for nearly four months, a 2020 World Series title is at stake. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "MLB teams set to police themselves, but one person can 'take down the whole thing'," 4 July 2020 Keep in mind, Kevin Stefanski used multiple TEs 57% of the time last year, highest rate in the NFL. Terry Pluto, cleveland, "David Njoku is demanding Cleveland Browns trade him? You gotta be kidding -- Terry Pluto," 4 July 2020 The Fourth of July and bright, beautiful fireworks go hand-in-hand, but keep in mind, safety is always priority one. Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: Celebrate safely," 4 July 2020 With stakes this high and a legacy to consider, the end result may or may not bear much of a resemblance to what Pop Smoke had in mind. Gary Suarez, EW.com, "On Pop Smoke's Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon, unfulfilled promise looms large," 3 July 2020 Keeping that in mind, here are some kind-of-crazy statistics: In 2016, 56 percent of households in the bottom quarter of earnings reported that retirement income was at least enough to maintain their standard of living, or better. Michael Taylor, ExpressNews.com, "Taylor: Should the poor even try to save for retirement?," 2 July 2020 This probably isn’t the pyrotechnic danger most of us have in mind—burns, sure, but done safely, fireworks are good, clean American fun. Matt Simon, Wired, "Your Firework Smoke Could Be Tainted With Lead," 2 July 2020 Keep in mind that this can only be done on a smartphone. Andrea Romano, Travel + Leisure, "Turn Your Home Into 'Jurassic Park’ With Google’s New Dinosaur Feature," 2 July 2020 This month's jobs report has once again surpassed economists' expectations, though there's an important caveat to keep in mind. TheWeek, "June jobs report surpasses expectations — but with a 'big asterisk'," 2 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Never mind that Burrow will have at least two starting O-linemen who are new to the Bengals. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, "Doc's TML: It's impossible to tell me how cutting two games from the NFL preseason sucks," 3 July 2020 Never mind that the then-San Francisco 49ers quarterback took a knee at the suggestion of a former NFL player who had also been a Green Beret, or that peaceful protest is a bedrock of our democracy. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "Opinion: NFL's gestures in confronting racism are meaningless so long as Colin Kaepernick remains unsigned," 3 July 2020 Other Housewives, such as Nene Leakes, however, wouldn’t mind if Parks returned. Keyaira Boone, Essence, "Phaedra Parks On Returning To 'Real Housewives of Atlanta': 'Keep Hope Alive'," 1 July 2020 Never mind that Amoruso's business ventures weren't wildly successful. Kate Knibbs, Wired, "Leigh Stein's Self Care and the Death of the Girlboss," 1 July 2020 Never mind that grandiose comparison, or the fact that much of the funds are earmarked for maintenance of crumbling roads and schools, tattered by a decade of austerity orchestrated by his Conservative Party. Helen Lewis, The Atlantic, "Child Care Is Infrastructure," 30 June 2020 Never mind that some of his bag consisted of butterflies and bumblebees. Steve Meyer, Anchorage Daily News, "A sharpshooting woman named Plinky, accidental litterbugs and a British lord with bloodlust," 27 June 2020 Never mind the F-150—a Subaru Outback now tows more than that F-250. Ezra Dyer, Car and Driver, "How the Ford F-150 Became a Heavy-Duty Truck," 26 June 2020 Never mind that decisions on roster management, matchups and the urgency of a 60-game schedule all would have impacted how the teams fared in past years. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "How would the Milwaukee Brewers have fared in past years with a 60-game schedule?," 24 June 2020

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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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7 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Mind.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mind. Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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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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