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Meaning of mind by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Middle English minde, from Old English ġemynd ( “memory, remembrance, memorial, thought” ), from Proto-Germanic *gamundiz, *mundiz ( “memory, remembrance” ), from Proto-Indo-European *men- ( “to think” ). Cognate with Gothic ���������� ( munds, “memory, mind” ), Old English myntan ( “to mean, intend, purpose, determine, resolve” ), Latin mens,mentis ( “mind, reason” ), Albanian mënd ( “mind, reason” ). More at mint .


    • enPR: mīnd, IPA: /maɪnd/, X-SAMPA: /maInd/
    • Rhymes: -aɪnd
    • Homophone: mined


    mind ( plural: minds )

    1. The ability for rational thought .
      Despite advancing age, his mind was still as sharp as ever .
    2. The ability to be aware of things .
      There was no doubt in his mind that they would win .
    3. The ability to remember things .
      My mind just went blank .
    4. The ability to focus the thoughts .
      I can’t keep my mind on what I’m doing .
    5. Somebody that embodies certain mental qualities .
      He was one of history’s greatest minds .
    6. Judgment, opinion, or view .
      He changed his mind after hearing the speech .
    7. Desire, inclination, or intention .
      She had a mind to go to Paris .
      A mind to the madness .
    8. A healthy mental state .
      I, ______ being of sound mind and body, do hereby.. .
      You are losing your mind .
    9. ( philosophy ) The non-material substance or set of processes in which consciousness, feeling, thinking, and will are based.


    See also

    • Mind on Wikipedia .


    mind ( third-person singular simple present minds present participle minding, simple past and past participle minded )

    1. ( now regional ) To remember. [from 14th c.]
    2. ( now rare except in phrases ) To concern oneself with, to pay attention to. [from 15th c.]
      You should mind your own business .
    3. ( originally and chiefly in negative or interrogative constructions ) To dislike, to object to; to be bothered by. [from 16th c.]
      I wouldn't mind an ice cream right now .
    4. ( now chiefly North America, Ireland ) To pay attention to; to listen attentively to, to obey. [from 16th c.]
    5. To look after, to take care of, especially for a short period of time. [from 17th c.]
      Would you mind my bag for me?
    6. ( chiefly in imperative ) To make sure, to take care ( that ). [from 17th c.]
      Mind you don't knock that glass over .
    7. To be careful about. [from 18th c.]

    Derived terms


Explanation of mind by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. keep in mind

    2. be concerned with or about something or somebody

    3. be on one's guard

    4. be offended or bothered by

    5. I don't mind your behavior
    6. be in charge of or deal with

    7. pay close attention to

    1. that which is responsible for one's thoughts and feelings

    2. his mind wandered
    3. knowledge and intellectual ability

    4. he reads to improve his mind
    5. attention

    6. don't pay him any mind
    7. recall or remembrance

    8. it came to mind
    9. an opinion formed by judging something

    10. she changed her mind
    11. your intention

    12. he had in mind to see his old teacher
    13. an important intellectual

    14. the great minds of the 17th century

    Definition of mind by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Mind ( mīnd ), n. [AS. mynd, gemynd; akin to OHG. minna memory, love, G. minne love, Dan. minde mind, memory, remembrance, consent, vote, Sw. minne memory, Icel. minni, Goth. gamunds, L. mens, mentis, mind, Gr. μένος, Skr. manas mind, man to think. √104, 278. Cf. Comment, Man, Mean, v., 3d Mental, Mignonette, Minion, Mnemonic, Money.]

      1. The intellectual or rational faculty in man; the understanding; the intellect; the power that conceives, judges, or reasons; also, the entire spiritual nature; the soul; -- often in distinction from the body.

      By the mind of man we understand that in him which thinks, remembers, reasons, wills. Reid.

      What we mean by mind is simply that which perceives, thinks, feels, wills, and desires. Sir W. Hamilton.

      Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind. Rom. xiv. 5.

      The mind shall banquet, though the body pine. Shak.

      2. The state, at any given time, of the faculties of thinking, willing, choosing, and the like; psychical activity or state; as: Opinion; judgment; belief.

      A fool uttereth all his mind. Prov. xxix. 11.

      Being so hard to me that brought your mind, I fear she'll prove as hard to you in telling her mind. Shak.

      Choice; inclination; liking; intent; will.

      If it be your minds, then let none go forth. 2 Kings ix. 15.

      Courage; spirit. Chapman.

      3. Memory; remembrance; recollection; as, “to have or keep in mind, to call to mind, to put in mind, etc.”

      To have a mind or To have a great mind, to be inclined or strongly inclined in purpose; -- used with an infinitive. “Sir Roger de Coverly . . . told me that he had a great mind to see the new tragedy with me.” Addison. -- To lose one's mind, to become insane, or imbecile. -- To make up one's mind, to come to an opinion or decision; to determine. -- To put in mind, to remind. “Regard us simply as putting you in mind of what you already know to be good policy.” Jowett ( Thucyd. ).

    2. Mind ( mīnd ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Minded; p. pr. & vb. n. Minding.] [AS. myndian, gemyndīan to remember. See Mind, n.]
      1. To fix the mind or thoughts on; to regard with attention; to treat as of consequence; to consider; to heed; to mark; to note. “Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate.” Rom. xii. 16.

      My lord, you nod: you do not mind the play. Shak.

      2. To occupy one's self with; to employ one's self about; to attend to; as, “to mind one's business”.

      Bidding him be a good child, and mind his book. Addison.

      3. To obey; as, “to mind parents; the dog minds his master.”

      4. To have in mind; to purpose. Beaconsfield.

      I mind to tell him plainly what I think. Shak.

      5. To put in mind; to remind. [Archaic] M. Arnold.

      He minded them of the mutability of all earthly things. Fuller.

      I do thee wrong to mind thee of it. Shak.

      Never mind, do not regard it; it is of no consequence; no matter.

      Syn. -- To notice; mark; regard; obey. See Attend.

    3. Mind, v. i. To give attention or heed; to obey; as, “the dog minds well”.