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 \-​fə-​lē \ adverb

Examples of mindful in a Sentence

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

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At the end of the day, the word started as an insult to black people, and that is a history that many of us are mindful of. Noel Cymone Walker, Allure, "Is It Time to Reclaim the Word "Nappy"?," 25 Sep. 2018 Officials are also asking residents to be mindful and use common sense when attempting to swim in large bodies of water, to always make sure there is a lifeguard on duty whenever possible. Manoella Macedo, ajc, "Several drownings in same week raise water safety concerns," 9 July 2018 Schiller advises business to do research, keep accurate records of transactions and services and to be mindful. Henry J. Morgan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Small-business scams a big problem for owners, as this Menomonee Falls woman knows," 2 July 2018 Lavrov's visit to Pyongyang suggests that Russia wants to become involved and make sure North Korea informs it of its intentions and is mindful of Moscow's concerns. CBS News, "Kim Jong Un complains of U.S. "hegemonism" to Russia's Sergey Lavrov," 31 May 2018 Sixth, as explained more fully below, Michigan State is mindful that a longer litigation against Nassar’s victims would have increased the probability that damaging emails and other records surface. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "Michigan State Settles With the Victims of Larry Nassar's Abuse. How Might the NCAA Respond?," 18 May 2018 Place one hand behind your head and the other in front of you, being mindful to keep your wrist lifted and engaged. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "This Body-Sculpting Workout Is Top-Model-Approved—And Ready for the Holidays," 20 Nov. 2018 Kondo's New York Times best-selling book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, which was released in 2014, motivated people all around the world to free their homes of clutter in favor of more thoughtful, mindful lives. Monique Valeris, ELLE Decor, "How to Organize Your Home in 2019, According to Marie Kondo," 29 Oct. 2018 Programs offering recipes and products are now more focused on long-term mindful eating and fresh, whole foods. Sophie Egan, chicagotribune.com, "Paleo, keto, fasting, Whole30: Why food tribes are on the rise," 17 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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