\ 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

Williams was not retained at the end of the season and may have revenge on his mind. cleveland.com, "Will Jets’ Gregg Williams get revenge against Browns for not hiring him? — Crowquill," 15 Sep. 2019 To our mind a lot of it starts with this claimed identity between black holes and thermodynamics. Quanta Magazine, "Are We All Wrong About Black Holes?," 10 Sep. 2019 The Hu Hotel keeps wellness and entertainment in mind with yoga classes and sunset parties. Brittney Oliver, Essence, "Black City Guide: 72 Hours in Memphis," 9 Sep. 2019 Masur said musical programs have been chosen with the specific halls in mind. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "New music director Ken-David Masur begins Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra's big year of transition," 4 Sep. 2019 In addition to his Telluride premiere, Meirelles had another screening of his film about Popes Benedict and Francis on his mind — one planned for Saturday at the Vatican. Rebecca Keegan, The Hollywood Reporter, "Telluride Diary: High Hopes (and One Eyebrow-Raising Guest) Kick Off Awards Season," 31 Aug. 2019 With that in mind, the launcher also lets players find and boot existing Rockstar games' Steam installations. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Rockstar Games Launcher: We install it on Windows so you don’t have to [Updated]," 17 Sep. 2019 Approach a dating situation without a checklist in mind. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Horoscope for Sept. 17, 2019: Capricorn, be a positive force; Virgo, don’t procrastinate," 17 Sep. 2019 At a time the Miami Dolphins are the leading South Florida proponent of playing the futures market, keep in mind that the Miami Heat also are taking a long view. sun-sentinel.com, "NBA cap projections hold steady for potential Heat 2021 offseason makeover," 17 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The dusting of pumpkin spice topping gives the drink a strong fragrance that will definitely bring to mind images of decorative gourds, cool(ish) weather and the return of the snow birds. Lauren Saria, azcentral, "Here's what the new Starbucks Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew really tastes like," 27 Aug. 2019 To mathematicians, this situation brings to mind the city of Königsberg, Prussia. Dave Linkletter, Popular Mechanics, "How to Mow Your Lawn Using Math," 16 Aug. 2019 This brings to mind some other famous music copyright-infringement cases. Lisa Respers France, CNN, "Katy Perry's 'Dark Horse' is just music's latest copyright battle," 30 July 2019 To many, the word burlesque may first bring to mind an image of a certain type of normative, white, cisgender woman. Steven Thrasher, Teen Vogue, "Compost Bin! Burlesque Show Provides Space and Celebration for All Bodies," 18 July 2019 Designed by architect Ken Ungar, the 11,266-square-foot home brings to mind the Revival-style mansions of the 1920s and 1930s with its white brick facade, dormers and bump-out bay windows. Neal J. Leitereg, latimes.com, "Top Sales: Bel-Air estate of daytime soap great pulls in $31 million," 12 July 2019 Katrina will forever bring to mind the unbridled devastation in Louisiana in 2005 as one of the costliest hurricanes in the U.S. on record. Kaitlyn Schallhorn, Fox News, "How hurricane names are 'retired' from use for future storms," 12 July 2019 The second departure brought to mind the line above from The Thomas Crown Affair (1999 version, of course). Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "Why Facebook’s Card Shark Poker Bot Won’t Ruin the Game—Data Sheet," 12 July 2019 The small Oakland County community tucked among Royal Oak, Troy and Birmingham throws a feel-good, star-spangled celebration that brings to mind Independence Days of decades past. Greg Crawford, Detroit Free Press, "The weekend: Fourth of July in Clawson, Rib Fest, Camaro Superfest, Oakland County Fair," 3 July 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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