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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 emphasisI'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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minder noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for mind

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of mind in a Sentence

Noun 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. Verb 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 White House officials are focused on operating with President Trump's agenda in mind rather than beginning the transition to a Biden administration, according to White House trade adviser Peter Navarro. Anthony Leonardi, Washington Examiner, "Peter Navarro says White House operating with assumption Trump wins second term," 13 Nov. 2020 However, keep in mind that some beaches, such as Playlinda Beach in Titusville, are closed at night. Caroline Glenn, orlandosentinel.com, "How to watch NASA, SpaceX’s Crew-1 astronaut launch Saturday in person and online," 13 Nov. 2020 This eight-event series is being promoted with visitor safety in mind. Sam Boyer, cleveland, "Entertainers find innovative ways to make music: Whit & Whimsey," 13 Nov. 2020 Four years later came Devilman Crybaby, a phantasmagoric, mind-bending masterpiece. Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, "There’s Something Super Weird About Netflix Anime," 12 Nov. 2020 Not mind-blowing, but enough to make a difference for anyone with a narrow window to play. Alexander George, Popular Mechanics, "First Test: The PS5 is in the Early Stages of Its Era," 6 Nov. 2020 Some evidence—in the form of cave art—suggests that our ancestors started consuming mind-altering mushrooms thousands of years ago. Rachel Feltman, Popular Science, "Oregon just voted to legalize magic mushrooms. Here’s what that actually means.," 5 Nov. 2020 And yet the Dodgers were one out from a commanding 3-1 series lead in Game 4 until mind-bending disaster struck. Los Angeles Times, "The road to a Dodgers World Series title was one never before traveled," 2 Nov. 2020 Quantum computing is based on the mind-bending concept that atomic particles can be in multiple states at once. Thomas Black, Bloomberg.com, "Honeywell Takes Tiny Steps Toward a Quantum Leap in Computing," 30 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Never mind that the incumbent president, Donald Trump, lost reelection on November 3. Timothy Noah, The New Republic, "My Quest for a Job at the Trump White House," 13 Nov. 2020 Never mind that Brady has six Super Bowl rings – five more than Brees. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Tom Brady, Buccaneers fail biggest test yet as Saints reveal their shortcomings," 9 Nov. 2020 Never mind Hawking’s conjecture that black holes destroy information. John Horgan, Scientific American, "Will the Universe Remember Us after We're Gone?," 5 Nov. 2020 Never mind how the Lakers won their first championship in 10 years or the Dodgers their first in 32. Dylan Hernández Columnist, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Is Anthony Lynn the right coach for the Justin Herbert era? Chargers need to decide," 3 Nov. 2020 Never mind that at this early stage of network buildout, most people won’t notice a difference between 4G and 5G. Scott Moritz, Bloomberg.com, "Apple 5G iPhones Arrive With an Alphabet Soup of Abbreviations," 24 Oct. 2020 Never mind that this ancient round began as a black-powder cartridge. David E. Petzal, Field & Stream, "The 6 Best Rifle Cartridges for Moose Hunting," 22 Oct. 2020 Never mind that Joshi herself has never voted before. Arielle Pardes, Wired, "The TikTok Teens Trying to Meme the Vote," 22 Oct. 2020 Never mind the promising results from summer camps and daycare centers here at home. Casey B. Mulligan, National Review, "Paul Krugman’s Epic Summer," 21 Oct. 2020

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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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The first known use of mind was before the 12th century

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16 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Mind.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mind. Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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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


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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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