mind


mind
mind1 [ maınd ] noun ***
1. ) count or uncount the part of you that thinks, knows, remembers, and feels things:
His mind was full of the things he had seen that day.
I need a walk to clear my mind.
in someone's mind: I wonder what's going on in her mind.
a ) your attention or thoughts:
Can you say that again? My mind was on something else.
keep your mind on something: I can't keep my mind on work when it's so sunny outside.
turn your mind to something: Let's turn our minds to what's happening next week.
b ) your usual way of thinking:
Ellen's husband has a very suspicious mind.
c ) state of mind the way you are thinking and feeling at the present time:
She shouldn't drive in her present state of mind.
=> FRAME OF MIND
2. ) singular your intelligence and ability to understand things:
a brilliant/keen mind
Her youngest child has a very inquiring mind (=is very interested in things and always asking questions).
My grandmother's mind is failing.
a ) count someone who is very intelligent:
He is one of the finest minds in physics today.
at/in the back of your mind
not thinking about something directly now but knowing that it exists or is true:
At the back of her mind, she knew he was lying.
bear something in mind
to remember something, especially something important:
Thanks, I'll bear that in mind.
Bear in mind that young children will put anything in their mouths.
be/go out of your mind INFORMAL
to be/become crazy or confused:
You must be out of your mind to want to see him again.
be/go out of your mind with worry/jealousy/boredom etc.: I'll go out of my mind with boredom if I have to stay in this job.
be of two minds (about something)
to not be certain about something, or to have difficulty in making a decision:
I'm of two minds about accepting the job.
be in your right mind usually in negatives INFORMAL
to be thinking clearly, and not be crazy:
Nobody in their right mind would go there alone at night.
be of like mind FORMAL
to have the same opinions about someone or something as someone else:
She had always worked with people of like mind.
be of one/be of the same mind (about)
to agree about someone or something
be of sound mind LEGAL
to not be mentally ill
bring/call someone/something to mind
1. ) to remind you of someone or something:
This latest crisis brings to mind the events of last year.
2. ) to remember something:
I can't call his name to mind right now.
change your/someone's mind (about something)
to change your/someone else's decision or opinion:
I changed my mind. I don't want to go out.
What made you change your mind?
See if you can change his mind about coming with us.
close your mind to something
to refuse to think about something
come/spring to mind
if something comes to mind, suddenly you remember it or start to think about it
cross someone's mind usually in negatives
if a thought or idea crosses your mind, you consider it for a very short time:
it never crossed someone's mind (to do something): It never crossed my mind to offer to help.
it crossed someone's mind that: It crossed my mind that maybe Alan was right.
get someone/something out of your mind
to stop thinking about someone or something:
She's never been able to get him out of her mind.
give someone a piece of your mind INFORMAL
to tell someone exactly what you think, especially when you are angry with them
great minds think alike HUMOROUS
used when you and another person have the same idea for saying that you are both very intelligent
have a good mind to do something/have half a mind to do something SPOKEN
used for threatening to do something, when you probably will not do it:
I have a good mind to tell your parents what you've done!
have (it) in mind to do something FORMAL
to intend or want to do something:
We had it in mind to take legal proceedings against them.
have someone/something in mind
1. ) to know the type of person or thing you want for a particular purpose:
What kind of house did you have in mind?
have someone/something in mind for: What sort of person do you have in mind for the job?
2. ) to remember someone or something:
Does everybody have the procedure firmly in mind?
have a mind of its own INFORMAL
if a machine or object has a mind of its own, it behaves in a way that you do not expect
have a mind of your own
to have strong opinions and the ability to make your own decisions:
William certainly has a mind of his own!
have/keep an open mind
to be willing to listen to other people's opinions about someone or something:
I told the committee that I had an open mind on the matter.
in your mind's eye
if you can see something in your mind's eye, you can imagine or remember what it looks like
it's all in your mind MAINLY SPOKEN
used for saying that something is not real and is just being imagined:
He's not really sick; it's all in his mind.
keep someone in mind (for something)
to remember someone because they might be the right person for a particular situation, job, etc. in the future:
Keep me in mind if you need some help.
keep something in mind
to remember something, especially something that will be important in the future:
Keep that in mind when you come to make your decision.
know your own mind
to be clear about what you think and not be influenced by other people's opinions
the last thing on your mind
something that is not important enough to worry about, especially because you have more serious problems:
Cleaning the house is the last thing on my mind at the moment.
a load/weight off someone's mind INFORMAL
something that someone does not have to worry about any more:
Knowing that you'll be here to help is a load off my mind.
lose your mind INFORMAL
to become crazy or very confused
make up your mind
to make a decision:
Come on, make up your mind!
make up your mind whether: I can't make up my mind whether to go or not.
someone's mind is made up: My mind's made up. Nothing will make me change it.
mind over matter
the ability to control pain or an unpleasant situation by using your mind
someone's mind is blank/goes blank
used for saying that someone cannot/becomes unable to remember or think anything
not pay someone/something any mind OLD-FASHIONED
to pay no attention to someone or something:
Don't pay her any mind; she's always complaining about something.
on your mind
in your thoughts or making you worry:
Work is very much on her mind at the moment.
have something on your mind: You seem quiet today. Do you have something on your mind?
have a lot on your mind: She isn't usually rude; she has a lot on her mind.
put someone in mind of INFORMAL
to remind someone of someone or something:
This puts me in mind of a similar situation we had last year.
put someone/something out of your mind
to try to forget about someone or something unpleasant:
Just try to put the problem out of your mind.
put/set someone's mind at ease/at rest
to stop someone feeling worried:
Your assurances have really put my mind at rest.
put/set/turn your mind to something
to decide to do something and try very hard to achieve it:
You can do anything if you put your mind to it.
read someone's mind
to know what someone else is thinking:
Yes, I'd love a coffee; you must've read my mind.
How can I help you if you won't talk to me? I can't read your mind.
set your mind on doing something
to be determined to have or achieve something:
Once Anna's set her mind on getting something, there's no stopping her.
I've set my mind on getting a college degree.
slip your mind
if something slips your mind, you forget it:
I meant to invite him, but it completely slipped my mind.
speak your mind INFORMAL
to say exactly what you think, even if it might upset someone:
You should never be afraid to speak your mind.
stick in your mind
to stay in your memory for a long time:
That joke has always stuck in my mind.
take your mind off something
to make you stop thinking or worrying about something:
A good night out will help you take your mind off exams.
to my mind SPOKEN
used for emphasizing that you are expressing your own opinion:
To my mind, their behavior is unreasonable.
with someone/something in mind
while thinking about someone or something:
We moved here with the children's schooling in mind.
This room was designed with Carol in mind.
With that in mind, let us turn to page 77.
=> SIGHT1
mind
mind 2 [ maınd ] verb **
1. ) intransitive or transitive usually in negatives or questions to feel annoyed, upset, or unhappy about something:
I don't mind the heat (=the heat is not a problem to me).
I wouldn't have minded, but she didn't even call to cancel our date.
I wouldn't mind him staying if he helped around the house.
mind if: Do you mind if we use my car tonight?
a ) not mind doing something to be happy or willing to do something:
I don't mind going if no one else wants to.
2. ) transitive AMERICAN to obey someone, especially a parent or teacher:
You'd better mind me, or you're going to your room!
3. ) transitive always in imperative MAINLY BRITISH to be careful about something:
Mind the step (=Do not fall over it).
4. ) transitive BRITISH to take care of someone or something for a short time
don't mind someone SPOKEN
used for telling someone to ignore someone else and continue with what they are doing:
Carry on with your conversation. Don't mind me.
Don't mind Tom; he likes to sing in the mornings!
do you mind? or if you don't mind SPOKEN
used for getting someone's permission to do something: This can either be polite, impolite, or humorous. If someone says it in a loud or sharp way, they are showing that they are angry or annoyed:
Do you mind?! I was sitting there!
If you don't mind, I'd rather we wait until tomorrow.
I don't mind if I do
a polite and humorous way of accepting something that is being offered to you:
Would you like to try one of these cookies? I don't mind if I do!
if you don't mind me/my saying so
a polite way of telling someone that you do not want your comments or advice to offend them:
You were a little rude, if you don't mind me saying so.
I wouldn't mind something
used for asking for something politely:
I wouldn't mind a cold drink if you have one.
mind (you)
used for making something that you have already said less strong or less general:
They provide a good service. Mind you, they charge enough for it.
Tom might be there, mind.
mind your manners SPOKEN
used for telling someone, especially a child, to behave politely
mind your own business SPOKEN
a rude way of telling someone not to ask questions about something that you do not want them to know about:
He told me to mind my own business.
Where do you think you're going? Mind your own business!
mind your p's and q's
used for telling someone to speak and behave in a way that is appropriate to a particular situation:
You'd better mind your p's and q's when you meet Julia's parents.
never mind
1. ) used for saying that you do not want to repeat something you said, or that you want someone to ignore it, especially because it is unimportant:
Where's my hat? Oh, never mind, I found it!
Sorry, what did you say? Never mind, I'll do it myself.
2. ) used for emphasizing that something is less important than something else:
Never mind them, you look after yourself.
never mind that: Never mind that we didn't sell anything; we got lots of publicity.
3. ) SPOKEN used for telling someone not to feel upset about something, because you do not think it is important enough to worry about:
We've missed the show! Never mind, we can go next week.
4. ) used for emphasizing that what has been said about something is even more true about something else:
I can't afford my own ticket, never mind one for my brother too.
never you mind OLD-FASHIONED
used for refusing to tell someone something:
What were you two talking about? Never you mind!
would you mind
used for asking politely for something:
would you mind doing something: Would you mind closing that window?
would you mind if: Would you mind if I brought a friend to the party?

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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