mind·​ful | \ ˈmīn(d)-fəl \

Definition of mindful 

1 : bearing in mind : aware be mindful of how you use your power— Ayesha Grice
2 : inclined to be aware a stirring and important book for all mindful AmericansNew Republic

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mindfully \ ˈmīn(d)-​fə-​lē \ adverb

Examples of mindful in a Sentence

a truly considerate person, always mindful of the needs of others

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From striking the right eye-lip balance to prioritizing mindful exercise, here, Marant breaks down her definitive French beauty rules. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Isabel Marant Shares Her 6 Die-Hard French Beauty Rules," 12 Oct. 2018 Mindfulness in a digital age Keep anxiety and exhaustion at bay using mindful thinking during work or school. Margeaux Sippell, BostonGlobe.com, "Business agenda," 22 May 2018 Those mindful of their vulnerability worried about the possible consequences of reporting Jabbateh and other suspected militants to U.S. authorities. Prue Clarke, Washington Post, "‘Jungle Jabbah’ was accused of cannibalism and other horrors in Liberia. How a U.S. court brought him to justice.," 14 Apr. 2018 The first was to be more present and mindful with my kids. David G. Allan, CNN, "Start a new (good) habit, kill an old (bad) one," 19 Mar. 2018 While a line by any of these three television icons would be added to our shopping carts in a flash, these scams remind us to be mindful of our internet safety. Blake Bakkila, Good Housekeeping, "'Today' Host Savannah Guthrie Warns Fans of Popular Scam Using Her Name," 11 Sep. 2018 Being more mindful about Teddy's food should help combat a lot of this. Maggie Gordon, Houston Chronicle, "More than half of American dogs are overweight. Including mine, apparently.," 9 July 2018 Historian Robert Dallek said presidents traditionally have been mindful of the optics when meeting authoritarian leaders. The Washington Post, NOLA.com, "Has North Korea already trumped the U.S. in the propaganda war?," 2 June 2018 But the Tritons must have been mindful of how Cal Poly reached the finals — rallying from a late 10-run deficit a day earlier to win. Kirk Kenney, sandiegouniontribune.com, "UC San Diego's 5-1 win over Cal Poly Pomona delivers CCAA Tournament title, NCAA Division II regionals berth," 12 May 2018

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First Known Use of mindful

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of mindful

: aware of something that may be important


mind·​ful | \ ˈmīnd-fəl \

Kids Definition of mindful

: keeping in mind : aware They were mindful of the dangers.

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