American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The human consciousness that originates in the brain and is manifested especially in thought, perception, emotion, will, memory, and imagination.
- n. The collective conscious and unconscious processes in a sentient organism that direct and influence mental and physical behavior.
- n. The principle of intelligence; the spirit of consciousness regarded as an aspect of reality.
- n. The faculty of thinking, reasoning, and applying knowledge: Follow your mind, not your heart.
- n. A person of great mental ability: the great minds of the century.
- n. Individual consciousness, memory, or recollection: I'll bear the problem in mind.
- n. A person or group that embodies certain mental qualities: the medical mind; the public mind.
- n. The thought processes characteristic of a person or group; psychological makeup: the criminal mind.
- n. Opinion or sentiment: He changed his mind when he heard all the facts.
- n. Desire or inclination: She had a mind to spend her vacation in the desert.
- n. Focus of thought; attention: I can't keep my mind on work.
- n. A healthy mental state; sanity: losing one's mind.
- v. To bring (an object or idea) to mind; remember.
- v. To become aware of; notice.
- v. Upper Southern U.S. To have in mind as a goal or purpose; intend.
- v. To heed in order to obey: The children minded their babysitter.
- v. To attend to: Mind closely what I tell you.
- v. To be careful about: Mind the icy sidewalk!
- v. To care about; be concerned about.
- v. To object to; dislike: doesn't mind doing the chores.
- v. To take care or charge of; look after.
- v. To take notice; give heed.
- v. To behave obediently.
- v. To be concerned or troubled; care: "Not minding about bad food has become a national obsession” ( Times Literary Supplement).
- v. To be cautious or careful.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. That which feels, wills, and thinks; the conscious subject; the ego; the soul. Some writers make an obscure distinction between mind, soul, and spirit. With them the mind is the direct subject of consciousness.
- n. The intellect, or cognitive faculty or part of the soul, as distinguished from feeling and volition; intelligence. The old psychologists made intellect and will the only faculties of the soul.
- n. The field of consciousness; contemplation; thought; opinion.
- n. Disposition; cast of thought and feeling; inclination; desire.
- n. Intention; purpose.
- n. Memory; remembrance: as, to call to mind; to have, to keep, or to bear in mind.
- n. Mention.
- n. Courage; spirit.
- n. Earnest desire; strong inclination.
- n. To be mad or insane.
- n. To have a thought; take care.
- To call to mind; bear in mind; remember; recall.
- To put in mind; remind.
- To regard with attention; pay attention to; heed; notice.
- To have the care of; attend to; specifically, to take or have the oversight of: as, a boy to mind the door.
- To care for; be concerned about; be affected by.
- To look out for; be watchful against.
- To regard with submission; heed the commands of; obey: as, a headstrong child that will mind no one
- In the Roman Catholic Church, to pray for. See a month's mind, under mind, n.
- To intend; mean; purpose.
- To remember.
- To be inclined or disposed; design; intend.
- To give heed; take note.
- n. A diadem: a name given to lunettes found in Ireland, commonly supposed to have been used as head-ornaments.
- n. The ability for rational thought.
- n. The ability to be aware of things.
- n. The ability to remember things.
- n. The ability to focus the thoughts.
- n. Somebody that embodies certain mental qualities.
- n. Judgment, opinion, or view.
- n. Desire, inclination, or intention.
- n. A healthy mental state.
- n. philosophy The non-material substance or set of processes in which consciousness, feeling, thinking, and will are based.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. 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
- n. The state, at any given time, of the faculties of thinking, willing, choosing, and the like; psychical activity or state
- n. Opinion; judgment; belief.
- n. Choice; inclination; liking; intent; will.
- n. Courage; spirit.
- n. Memory; remembrance; recollection.
- v. To fix the mind or thoughts on; to regard with attention; to treat as of consequence; to consider; to heed; to mark; to note.
- v. To occupy one's self with; to employ one's self about; to attend to.
- v. To obey
- v. To have in mind; to purpose.
- v. Archaic To put in mind; to remind.
- v. To give attention or heed; to obey.
- v. keep in mind
- n. your intention; what you intend to do
- n. that which is responsible for one's thoughts and feelings; the seat of the faculty of reason
- n. attention.
- v. be on one's guard; be cautious or wary about; be alert to
- v. pay close attention to; give heed to
- v. be concerned with or about something or somebody
- n. knowledge and intellectual ability
- n. an opinion formed by judging something
- n. recall or remembrance
- v. be in charge of or deal with
- n. an important intellectual
- v. be offended or bothered by; take offense with, be bothered by
- Middle English minde, from Old English gemynd; see men-1 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The real and practical alliance between the physical and the psychic -- between body and mind -- is better realized; as for instance: You may be seized with _an idea_, or a passion, and it disturbs your _health of body_; you may take indigestible food, or suffer injury or fatigue, and it disturbs your _health of mind_.”
“_Mental_ resistance can be met and overcome by _ideas_, by points introduced by _your_ mind into the _mind_ of the _other_ man.”
“Likewise if anything happens to a particular set of muscles, the reaction is instantly transmitted to its associated mind center through the "direct wire" nerves and brain center which particularly serve that part of the mind_.”
“The attraction of mechanical power had already wrenched the American mind into a crab-like process which Roosevelt was making heroic efforts to restore to even action, and he had every right to active support and sympathy from all the world, especially from the Trusts themselves so far as they were human; but the doubt persisted whether the force that educated was really man or nature, mind or motion.”
“What General Meade wrote in May, We must expect disaster so long as the armies are not under one master mind, 32 Lincoln knew perfectly well, and gladly would he have devolved the military conduct of affairs on one man could he have found that master mind for whom he made a painful quest during almost two years.”
“To meet the demand for a final and standard truth, a demand which realism meets with its doctrine of a being independent of any mind, this philosophy defines a _standard mind_.”
“And, of course, a man _must_ sometimes change both his clothes and his mind -- his _mind_ at any rate.”
“Science itself very likely establishes a presumption in favor of a governing mind, _but the deeper question is as to the character of that mind_.”
“But the idea must be constantly in the mind of the mother that her boy needs to _see_ the spoken word at the very moment _when the idea that it represents is in his mind_, AS OFTEN as he would hear it if his hearing were perfect.”
“Columbus discovered America some four hundred years ago, that your house is of a white color, that it rained a week ago today, exists as a fact regardless of whether your minds think of these things at all, yet the truth remains as before: for the particular mind which remembers these things, _the facts did not exist while they were out of the mind_.”
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