from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The part or faculty of a person by which one feels, perceives, thinks, remembers, desires, and imagines.
  • noun A person of great mental ability.
  • noun Individual consciousness, memory, or recollection.
  • noun A person or group that embodies certain mental qualities.
  • noun The thought processes characteristic of a person or group; psychological makeup.
  • noun Opinion or sentiment.
  • noun Desire or inclination.
  • noun Focus of thought; attention.
  • noun A healthy mental state; sanity.
  • intransitive verb To pay attention to.
  • intransitive verb To be careful about.
  • intransitive verb To heed in order to obey.
  • intransitive verb To take care or charge of; look after: synonym: tend.
  • intransitive verb To be concerned or annoyed by; care.
  • intransitive verb To object to; dislike.
  • intransitive verb Regional To bring (an object or idea) to mind; remember.
  • intransitive verb To become aware of; notice.
  • intransitive verb Upper Southern US To have in mind as a goal or purpose; intend.
  • intransitive verb To take notice; give heed.
  • intransitive verb To behave obediently.
  • intransitive verb To be concerned or troubled; care.
  • intransitive verb To be cautious or careful.
  • idiom (a mind of (one's) own) A capacity or inclination to think or act independently.
  • idiom (a mind of its own) A tendency to be unresponsive to human will.
  • idiom (be of one mind) To be in agreement about something.
  • idiom (be of two minds) To have mixed feelings or be undecided about something.
  • idiom (bring/call) To remember (something).
  • idiom (bring/call) To cause (something) to be remembered or thought of; evoke.
  • idiom (never mind) Used to tell someone not to be concerned or worried.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.
  • noun That which feels, wills, and thinks; the conscious subject; the ego; the soul.
  • noun 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.
  • noun The field of consciousness; contemplation; thought; opinion.
  • noun Disposition; cast of thought and feeling; inclination; desire.
  • noun Intention; purpose.


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English minde, from Old English gemynd; see men- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English minde, munde, ȝemunde, from Old English mynd, ġemynd ("memory, remembrance; memorial, record; act of commemoration; thought, purpose; consciousness, mind, intellect"), from Proto-Germanic *mundiz, *gamundiz (“memory, remembrance”), from Proto-Indo-European *méntis (“thought”), from Proto-Indo-European *men- (“to think”). Cognate with Old High German gimunt ("mind, memory"), Danish minde ("memory"), Icelandic minni ("memory, recall, recollection"), Gothic 𐌼𐌿𐌽𐌳𐍃 (munds, "memory, mind"), Old English myntan ("to mean, intend, purpose, determine, resolve"), Latin mēns ("mind, reason"), Albanian mënd ("mind, reason"). More at mint.


  • _Mental_ resistance can be met and overcome by _ideas_, by points introduced by _your_ mind into the _mind_ of the _other_ man.

    Certain Success

  • 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_.

    Certain Success

  • 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_.

    Valere Aude Dare to Be Healthy, Or, The Light of Physical Regeneration

  • 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.

    Nunc Age (1905)

  • 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.

    Chapter IV

  • 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_.

    The Approach to Philosophy

  • And, of course, a man _must_ sometimes change both his clothes and his mind -- his _mind_ at any rate.

    Mushrooms on the Moor

  • 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_.

    Understanding the Scriptures

  • 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.

    What the Mother of a Deaf Child Ought to Know

  • 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_.

    The Mind and Its Education


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