1. the element of a person that enables them to be aware of the world and their experiences, to think, and to feel; the faculty of consciousness and thought.
  2. intellect or understanding, as distinguished from the faculties of feeling and willing; intelligence.
  3. the part of a person that makes it possible for him or her to think, feel emotions, and understand things.
  4. A person’s mental processes contrasted with physical action.
  5. A particular way of thinking, influenced by a person’s profession or environment.
  6. a person considered with reference to intellectual power
  7. a way of thinking and feeling; disposition; temper
  8. a person’s ability to think and reason; the intellect.
  9. a person’s will or determination to achieve something.
  10. a very intelligent person
  11. psychic or spiritual being, as opposed to matter
  12. reason, sanity, or sound mental condition
  13. a conscious or intelligent agency or being


  1. A person’s memory.
  2. the element or complex of elements in an individual that feels, perceives, thinks, wills, and especially reasons
  3. the conscious mental events and capabilities in an organism
  4. the organized conscious and unconscious adaptive mental activity of an organism


  1. Be distressed, annoyed, or worried by.
  2. to attend to closely
  3. to become aware of
  4. Be reluctant to do something
  5. to listen to and obey someone
  6. Used to express one’s strong enthusiasm for something.


mind (n.)

late 12c., from Old English gemynd “memory, remembrance, state of being remembered; thought, purpose; conscious mind, intellect, intention,” Proto-Germanic *ga-mundiz (source also of Gothic muns “thought,” munan “to think;” Old Norse minni “mind;” German Minne (archaic) “love,” originally “memory, loving memory”), from suffixed form of PIE root *men- (1) “to think,” with derivatives referring to qualities of mind or states of thought.

Meaning “mental faculty” is mid-14c. “Memory,” one of the oldest senses, now is almost obsolete except in old expressions such as bear in mind, call to mind. Mind’s eye “remembrance” is early 15c. Phrase time out of mind is attested from early 15c. To pay no mind “disregard” is recorded from 1916, American English dialect. To have half a mind to “to have one’s mind half made up to (do something)” is recorded from 1726. Mind-reading is from 1882.

mind (v.)

mid-14c., “to remember, take care to remember,” also “to remind oneself,” from mind (n.). Meaning “perceive, notice” is from late 15c.; that of “to give heed to” is from 1550s; that of “be careful about” is from 1737. Sense of “object to, dislike” is from c. 1600; negative use (with not) “to care for, to trouble oneself with” is attested from c. 1600. Meaning “to take care of, look after” is from 1690s. Related: Minded; minding. Meiotic expression don’t mind if I do attested from 1847.

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