Mind

mind [mind minds minded minding] noun, verb BrE [maɪnd]
NAmE [maɪnd]
noun  ABILITY TO THINK
1. countable, uncountable the part of a person that makes them able to be aware of things, to think and to feel
the conscious/subconscious mind
There were all kinds of thoughts running through my mind.
There was no doubt in his mind that he'd get the job.
‘Drugs’ are associated in most people's minds with drug abuse.
She was in a disturbed state of mind.
I could not have complete peace of mind before they returned.
see also frame of mind, presence of mind
2. countable your ability to think and reason; your intelligence; the particular way that sb thinks
Syn: intellect
to have a brilliant/good/keen mind
a creative/evil/suspicious mind
She had a lively and enquiring mind.
His mind is as sharp as ever.
I've no idea how her mind works!
He had the body of a man and the mind of a child.
insights into the criminal mind
see also one-track mind  
INTELLIGENT PERSON
3. countable a person who is very intelligent
Syn: brain
see also mastermind
She was one of the greatest minds of her generation.  
THOUGHTS
4. countable your thoughts, interest, etc
Keep your mind on your work!
Her mind is completely occupied by the new baby.
The lecture dragged on and my mind wandered.
Your mind's not on the job.
He gave his mind to the arrangements for the next day.
As for avoiding you, nothing could be further from my mind (= I was not thinking of it at all).  
MEMORY
5. countable, usually singular your ability to remember things
When I saw the exam questions my mind just went blank (= I couldn't remember anything).
Sorry— your name has gone right out of my mind.
more at at the back of your mind at back n., bend your mind/efforts to sth at bend v., blow your mind at blow v., sth boggles the mind at boggle, cast your mind back at cast v., change your/sb's mind at change v., change of mind at change n., close your mind to sth at close 1 v., cross your mind at cross v., be etched on your heart/memory/mind at etch, great minds think alike at great adj., know your own mind at know v., a meeting of minds at meeting, have/keep an open mind (about/on sth) at open adj., open your/sb's mind to sth at open v., give sb a piece of your mind at piece n., prey on sb's mind at prey v., push sth to the back of your mind at push v., (not) in your right mind at right adj., have a mind/memory like a sieve at sieve n., out of sight, out of mind at sight n., slip your mind at slip v., speak your mind at speak, stick in your mind at stick v., a turn of mind at turn n., of unsound mind at unsound
Word Origin:
Old English gemynd ‘memory, thought’, of Germanic origin, from an Indo-European root meaning ‘revolve in the mind, think’, shared by Sanskrit manas and Latin mens ‘mind’.
Thesaurus:
mind noun
1. C, U
All kinds of thoughts ran through my mind.
head • • brain • • soul • • spirit • • the/your subconscious|psychology ego
the human mind/brain/soul/spirit
a thought enters sb's mind/head
deep in your mind/the brain/your subconscious
Mind or head? Head is slightly more informal than mind in this meaning and is used especially to talk about thoughts and ideas that get into your head or that you can't get out of your head.
2. C, usually sing.
His mind is as sharp as ever.
intelligence • • intellect • • brain • • wits • • genius|AmE, informal smarts
(a) great mind/intelligence/intellect/brain/genius
have a …mind/intelligence/intellect/a …brain/…wits/genius/smarts
use your mind/intelligence/brain/wits/smarts
Synonyms:
mad
crazy nuts batty out of your mind (not) in your right mind
These are all informal words that describe sb who has a mind that does not work normally.
mad • (informal, especially BrE) having a mind that does not work normally: I thought I'd go mad if I stayed any longer.
Mad is an informal word used to suggest that sb's behaviour is very strange, often because of extreme emotional pressure. It is offensive if used to describe sb suffering from a real mental illness; use mentally ill instead. Mad is not usually used in this meaning in North American English; use crazy instead.
crazy • (informal, especially NAmE) having a mind that does not work normally: A crazy old woman rented the upstairs room.
Like mad, crazy is offensive if used to describe sb suffering from a real mental illness.
nuts • [not before noun] (informal) mad: That noise is driving me nuts! You guys are nuts!
batty • (informal, especially BrE) slightly mad, in a harmless way: Her mum's completely batty.
out of your mind • (informal) unable to think or behave normally, especially because of extreme shock or anxiety: She was out of her mind with grief.
(not) in your right mind • (informal) (not) mentally normal: No one in their right mind would choose to work there.
to be mad/crazy/nuts/out of your mind/not in your right mind to do sth
to go mad/crazy/nuts/batty
to drive sb mad/crazy/nuts/batty/out of their mind
completely mad/crazy/nuts/batty/out of your mind
Example Bank:
Exhaustion clouded her mind.
He feared he was losing his mind.
He had closed his mind to anything new.
He occupied his mind by playing cards against himself.
He wanted us to focus our minds on unsolved problems.
He's in rather a negative frame of mind.
Her mind began to wander.
Her mind was still reeling from the shock.
Here are some important points to keep in mind…
His comments did nothing to ease my mind.
His mind raced, trying to think of a way out of the situation.
Honestly, all you ever talk about is sex— you have a one-track mind!
I couldn't get my mind around the concept.
I have a lot on my mind at the moment.
I need a clear mind if I want to continue with my work.
I'll keep what you say in mind.
I'll never understand how his mind works.
I'm sorry I forgot your birthday— it completely slipped my mind.
I'm sure someone can help you, but no one immediately springs to mind.
It was something she had never imagined, not even in the deepest recesses of her mind.
It's been preying on my mind ever since it happened.
Just free your mind and write whatever comes.
Kate desperately searched her mind for some excuse.
My mind turned to more practical matters.
Our subconscious mind tries to protect us.
Serious doubts began to flood my mind.
She was poisoning his mind and turning him against his family.
She was the only person who understood his mind.
Tell me what you want— I can't read your mind!
The problem was always at the back of my mind.
The thought never crossed my mind!
Their own problems of course remained uppermost in their minds.
There was absolutely no doubt in my mind that he was guilty.
Try meditating to clear your mind of negative thoughts.
Try to keep an open mind until you've heard all the facts.
Try to keep safety in the forefront of your mind at all times.
What kind of party do you have in mind?
Who in their right mind would want to marry a murderer?
You can do whatever you set your mind to.
You have to train your mind to think positively.
You've been in my mind a lot lately.
a collection of photographs that will blow your mind
a problem that has defeated the world's finest minds
a subject which was on the nation's collective mind
impressionable young minds that are easily influenced
influencing impressionable young minds
refreshed in mind and body
terrible images that will be imprinted on our minds for ever
the complex nature of the human mind
‘Drugs’ are associated in most people's minds with drug abuse.
Did you know you have a nasty suspicious mind?
He had probably the finest mind of the whole group.
He has the body of a man but the mind of a child.
I wish I had that type of creative mind.
I've no idea how her mind works.
She has a brilliant mind.
She has lively and enquiring mind.
She was in a disturbed state of mind.
Their evidence might give us some insight into the criminal mind.
There was no doubt in his mind that he'd get the job.
When I saw the exam questions my mind just went blank.
When you go to sleep it is only the conscious mind that shuts down.
You don't have to do anything about it now… just bear it in mind.
Idioms: I don't mind admitting/telling you … I don't mind if I do I wouldn't mind something sth all in the mind bear in mind that … bear somebody in mind bored/frightened/pissed/stoned out of your mind call somebody to mind come to mind do you mind? have a good mind to do something have a mind of your own have half a mind to do something have it in mind to do something have somebody in mind if you don't mind if you don't mind me saying so … if you wouldn't mind in two minds about about doing something lose your mind make up your mind make your mind up mind over matter mind the shop mind you mind your Ps and Qs mind your own business my mind never mind never mind something never you mind of one same mind on your mind out of your mind out of your mind with worry put somebody in mind of somebody put somebody's mind at ease put something out of your mind put your mind to something set your mind on something take your mind off something your mind's eye
Derived: mind out
verb  BE UPSET/ANNOYED
1. transitive, intransitive (used especially in questions or with negatives; not used in the passive) to be upset, annoyed or worried by sth
~ (sth) I don't mind the cold— it's the rain I don't like.
I hope you don't mind the noise.
He wouldn't have minded so much if she'd told him the truth.
~ about sth Did she mind about not getting the job?
~ doing sth Did she mind not getting the job?
~ sb/sth doing sth Do your parents mind you leaving home?
(formal) Do your parents mind your leaving home?
~ how, what, etc… She never minded how hot it was.
~ that… He minded that he hadn't been asked.  
ASKING PERMISSION
2. intransitive, transitive used to ask for permission to do sth, or to ask sb in a polite way to do sth
Do you mind if I open the window?
~ sb doing sth Are you married, if you don't mind me asking?
(formal) Are you married, if you don't mind my asking?
~ doing sth Would you mind explaining that again, please?
Do you mind driving? I'm feeling pretty tired.  
NOT CARE/WORRY
3. not mind intransitive, transitive, no passive to not care or not be concerned about sth
‘Would you like tea or coffee?’ ‘I don't mind— either's fine.’
~ sb Don't mind her— she didn't mean what she said.
Don't mind me (= don't let me disturb you) — I'll just sit here quietly.  
BE WILLING
4. not mind doing sth transitive to be willing to do sth
I don't mind helping if you can't find anyone else.  
WARNING
5. (BrE) (also watch NAmE, BrE) transitive used to tell sb to be careful about sth or warn them about a danger
~ sth Mind (= Don't fall on) that step!
Mind your head! (= for example, be careful you don't hit it on a low ceiling)
Mind your language! (= don't speak in a rude or offensive way)
~ how, where, etc… Mind how you go! (= often used when you say goodbye to sb)
Mind where you're treading!
~ (that)… Mind you don't cut yourself— that knife's very sharp.
You must be home for dinner, mind.  ‘That’ is nearly always left out in this pattern.  
OBEY
6. transitive ~ sb (NAmE, IrishE) to pay attention to what sb says, and obey them
And the moral of the story is: always mind your mother!  
TAKE CARE OF
7. (especially BrE) (NAmE usually watch) transitive ~ sb/sth to take care of sb/sth
Syn: look after
Who's minding the children this evening?
Could you mind my bags for a moment?
more at mind/watch your language at language, mind/watch your step at step n.
Verb forms:
Word Origin:
Old English gemynd ‘memory, thought’, of Germanic origin, from an Indo-European root meaning ‘revolve in the mind, think’, shared by Sanskrit manas and Latin mens ‘mind’.
Thesaurus:
mind verb T, I, no passive (used especially in question or with negatives; not used in the progressive tenses) (especially spoken)
I don't mind wet weather.
care|especially BrE, spoken be bothered
mind/care/be bothered about sth
mind/care/be bothered that…
not mind/care/be bothered what people think
Example Bank:
His parents didn't seem to mind that he dropped out of college.
I didn't mind about the money.
I don't mind at all telling people my age.
Nobody really minded much about what happened to them.
They had thought the boys wouldn't mind sharing; as it turned out, they minded bitterly.
Would you mind terribly if I went on my own?
‘Would you prefer tea or coffee?’ ‘I don't mind— either's fine.’
Did she mind (about) not getting the job?
Do you mind driving? I'm feeling pretty tired.
Do you mind if I open a window?
Don't mind me — I'll just sit here quietly.
He minded that he hadn't been asked.
How old are you, if you don't mind me asking?
I hope you don't mind the noise.
I wouldn't have minded so much if you hadn't lied about it.
No, I don't mind a bit.
Would you mind explaining that again?
See also: mind the store of two minds about about doing something watch

WordNet Dictionary:
I
noun
1. that which is responsible for one's thoughts and feelings; the seat of the faculty of reason
- his mind wandered
- I couldn't get his words out of my head
Syn: head, brain, psyche, nous
2. recall or remembrance
- it came to mind
3. an opinion formed by judging something
- he was reluctant to make his judgment known
- she changed her mind
Syn: judgment, judgement
4. an important intellectual
- the great minds of the 17th century
Syn: thinker, creative thinker
5. attention
- don't pay him any mind
6. your intention; what you intend to do
- he had in mind to see his old teacher
- the idea of the game is to capture all the pieces
Syn: idea
7. knowledge and intellectual ability
- he reads to improve his mind
- he has a keen intellect
Syn: intellect
II
verb
1. be offended or bothered by; take offense with, be bothered by
- I don't mind your behavior
2. be concerned with or about something or somebody
3. be in charge of or deal with
- She takes care of all the necessary arrangements
Syn: take care
4. pay close attention to; give heed to
- Heed the advice of the old men
Syn: heed, listen
(for: listen)
5. be on one's guard; be cautious or wary about; be alert to
- Beware of telephone salesmen
Syn: beware
(for: beware)
6. keep in mind
Syn: bear in mind
Ant: forget

Webster's 1913 Dictionary:
n.1.
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.
What we mean by mind is simply that which perceives, thinks, feels, wills, and desires.
Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.
The mind shall banquet, though the body pine.
2.The state, at any given time, of the faculties of thinking, willing, choosing, and the like; psychical activity or state;
A fool uttereth all his mind.
Being so hard to me that brought your mind, I fear she'll prove as hard to you in telling her mind.
3.Choice; inclination; liking; intent; will.
If it be your minds, then let none go forth.
3.Memory; remembrance; recollection; as, to have or keep in mind, to call to mind, to put in mind, etc.
To have a mind
to be inclined or strongly inclined in purpose; - used with an infinitive.
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.
4.Courage; spirit.
v. t.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.
[imp. & p. p. Minded; p. pr. & vb. n. Minding.]
My lord, you nod: you do not mind the play.
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.
3.To obey; as, to mind parents; the dog minds his master.
4.To have in mind; to purpose.
I mind to tell him plainly what I think.
5.To put in mind; to remind.
He minded them of the mutability of all earthly things.
I do thee wrong to mind thee of it.
Never mind
do not regard it; it is of no consequence; no matter.
v. i.1.To give attention or heed; to obey; as, the dog minds well.

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