\ 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

The memory of Jacob Rees-Mogg lounging on the green-leather benches of the House of Commons with the insouciant attitude of a pound-shop Bertie Wooster is still fresh in most people’s minds. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "Downton, Downton, Revolution," 16 Sep. 2019 The tricks that mentalists perform, including mind-reading, don't really vary that much from performer to performer. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Derren Brown: Secret': Theater Review," 16 Sep. 2019 Andros Townsend’s mind-blowing volley from 30-yards helped the Eagles record one of their most famous ever Premier League wins. SI.com, "12 of the Biggest Giant Killings in Premier League History," 16 Sep. 2019 Another thing to keep in mind: Some lip balms are better suited for bedtime, like the ultra-creamy Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask. Allure, "The 18 Best Lip Products of 2019," 16 Sep. 2019 But there is nothing quite like the mind-bending spectacle now on display at dusk in the hills of Paso Robles here, a popular wine destination. Patricia Leigh Brown, New York Times, "A Light Safari in Wine Country," 15 Sep. 2019 Not far from anyone’s mind was EWF’s guiding force, the late Maurice White. Gail Mitchell, Billboard, "Earth, Wind & Fire Sets Stage for Kennedy Center Honors with Rocking L.A. Show," 14 Sep. 2019 When Sophie Labbé began to work on Bulgari’s bewitching new Tubereuse Mystique, those two tuberose perfume icons were admittedly on her mind. April Long, Town & Country, "Is Tuberose the Sexiest Fragrance Note?," 13 Sep. 2019 Created with style and livability in mind, these designs aren't meant to be focal pieces of the room or something that stands out. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent's New Sofas Are the Perfect Nap Spot," 13 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Nothing springs to mind in terms of wildly inappropriate. Samantha Leach, Glamour, "Adam Brody on Dating Fails, Romance, and Why He and Leighton Meester Are 'Big Hand Holders'," 23 Aug. 2019 Anything memorable spring to mind about the state for you? Ben Flanagan | Bflanagan@al.com, al, "Marc Maron and Lynn Shelton on a 'cultural re-education’ on the South, filming ‘Sword of Trust’ in Alabama," 21 Aug. 2019 Booker is so kind that Parker wouldn't mind seeing him be a little more vocal on the field. Scott Springer, Cincinnati.com, "Winton Woods linebacker Bam Booker turning heads, changing lives," 20 Aug. 2019 Goats, on the other hand, ravenously devour the leaves and don’t mind climbing to get them. Rachael Lallensack, Smithsonian, "Could Goats Help Solve Portugal’s Wildfire Crisis?," 19 Aug. 2019 Thankfully, historians were prepared to mind the knowledge gap and help point out where our collective memory is flawed. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "The New York Times Launches the 1619 Project: raceAhead," 14 Aug. 2019 But thanks to some middling X-Men comics that fans wouldn’t mind forgetting, combined with Marvel’s cinematic arm reacquiring the X-Men and the promise of mutants in the MCU, a perfect storm of excitement for X-Men fans has begun. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Marvel just changed everything we thought we knew about the X-Men in one fantastic comic," 8 Aug. 2019 Breakfast fans who don't mind a tight squeeze, this is your place. Andrew Clark, Indianapolis Star, "These are the most unique Airbnbs in Indiana, from a converted church to a treetop lodge," 17 July 2019 Transparency and accuracy come to mind along with the fact not everyone can attend a council meeting. Karen Zurawski, Houston Chronicle, "Video cameras coming to Katy City Council?," 24 June 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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