mind·​ful | \ ˈmīn(d)-fəl How to pronounce mindful (audio) \

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 How to pronounce mindfully (audio) \ adverb

Examples of mindful in a Sentence

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

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Every person following the Trump presidency knows that the commander in chief is very mindful of his base. Eugene Scott, Washington Post, "Before Trump warned that Maxine Waters had ‘called for harm,’ he told supporters he’d like to punch a protester," 25 June 2018 The Duchess is a huge fan of mindful activity, and has spoken recently about incorporating it into her pregnancy routine since the beginning. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle's Former Stylist Reveals What it's Really Like to Hang Out With the Duchess of Sussex," 12 Apr. 2019 Throughout the move, stay mindful of your lower back. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "Work Your Entire Core With This Stability Ball Exercise From Celebrity Trainer Astrid Swan," 10 Apr. 2019 The 9-piece activewear line is inspired by strength, wellness, and mindful living, and features leggings, bralettes, and more. Teen Vogue, "Aerie Released Its Activewear Collection Designed by Aly Raisman," 4 Apr. 2019 As for the report, Mr. Wiman believes investigators, mindful of insurance and liability issues, had simply made an expedient business decision. Sam Walker, WSJ, "The Truth About Failing Spectacularly," 16 Feb. 2019 Plus, there are plenty of ways to indulge in your favorite sweets while staying mindful of your health. Emily Chiu, Redbook, "6 Simple Things That Help Me Deal With Holiday Depression," 29 Nov. 2018 The license was fine, attached to my Microsoft account and mindful of specific hardware on my system. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "How I went from testing a fancy new graphics card to shouting at Windows 10," 24 Nov. 2018 But just be mindful of how that imagery plays into people’s psyche in the long run. Scarlett Newman, Allure, "Beauty Influencer Jackie Aina Called Out the Big Problem With "Nude" Makeup," 28 Mar. 2019

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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 How to pronounce mindful (audio) \

Kids Definition of mindful

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

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