Definition of feel in English:

feel

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Be aware of (a person or object) through touching or being touched.

    ‘she felt someone touch her shoulder’
    ‘you can feel the soft grass beneath your feet’
    • ‘She testified that she placed her left hand on the man's forehead and felt no hair.’
    • ‘Alexia was about to get up when she was yanked backwards by her hair, she felt a knife at her throat and looked up.’
    • ‘She felt around for the lock and grimaced when she felt the cold metal touch her skin.’
    • ‘When Turat tugs a long, sturdy aluminum tent stake out of the ground, he feels the pointed end with his finger and catches Smith's eye.’
    • ‘He suddenly felt his brother's hand on his arm.’
    • ‘Both of them were pacing around the beach, feeling the hot sand beneath their cold feet.’
    • ‘I walked around the park in my bare feet, feeling the cool soft grass, until I found a shady spot to sit down.’
    • ‘I can almost feel the texture of candyfloss in my hair or the stickiness of a toffee apple all over my face.’
    • ‘She could feel a rough wall against her back and she wondered where they had taken her.’
    • ‘I felt someone touch my hand.’
    perceive, sense, detect, discern, make out, notice, observe, identify
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    1. 1.1 Be aware of (something happening) through physical sensation.
      ‘she felt the ground give way beneath her’
      • ‘She felt them braid her hair very tightly and then heard them take the scissors to it.’
      • ‘After a few minutes, he felt the hairs on the back of his neck stand on end like he was being watched.’
      • ‘Cecil ran a soothing hand down her hair as he felt tears coursing down his own face.’
      • ‘A familiar Spring breeze blew past us and I felt my hair brushing against my face.’
      • ‘She could hear shallow breathing and felt the warmth of a body turn over.’
      • ‘She found a rare empty seat and was walking toward it when she felt a tap on her shoulder.’
      • ‘I didn't know what was going on, but apparently they had felt the vibrations from the quake and come out of the sand.’
      • ‘She felt it remove the short ribbon binding her hair, felt the braid loosen and her blue tresses whip free.’
      • ‘When he hears a particularly fine piece, he says he can feel the hairs coming up on his arms.’
      • ‘He had just turned on the water and began shampooing his hair when he felt the door open.’
      • ‘When she stepped out of the alley, she immediately felt the hair on the back of her neck prickle.’
      • ‘Lise felt the vibrations on the ground coming closer.’
      • ‘Sitting in the car on a wet afternoon, I felt the hairs prick up on the back of my neck.’
      • ‘He could still close his eyes and see her face, smell her hair and feel the touch of her hand on his.’
      • ‘I felt a strand of hair fall across my face and a moment later a tender hand brush it back into place.’
      • ‘A hand went up to her hair as she felt it falling out of the bun in wisps beside her temples.’
      • ‘He felt the hairs on the back of his neck stand on end as he sensed that Lucas was nearby.’
      • ‘She could feel the water begin to ebb away from her skin, and she felt her damp hair drying.’
      • ‘While it is still winter, we can start to feel the change in climate upon us.’
    2. 1.2 Examine or search by touch.
      ‘he touched her head and felt her hair’
      no object ‘he felt around for the matches’
      • ‘On her way down the stairs she felt inside her pocket to make sure she still had the keys.’
      • ‘He backed away from the couch, and felt for the light switch.’
      • ‘I felt around and found some old newspapers and tried to cover myself.’
      • ‘I just keep feeling the hair in the back there and trying to get all the hair on the back of my neck off.’
      • ‘She ran a hand through her hair and felt the cut where she had been roughed up by Derek.’
      • ‘Head to the first floor where the exhibitors have taken individual rooms to get you to see, touch, and feel the products.’
      • ‘Mac ran a hand over his short hair, then gently felt the bump on the back of his head.’
      • ‘In the afternoon Burginde rummaged amongst our wool sacks, feeling with her hands how much carded fleece was left.’
      • ‘I felt around under the bed for some kind of weapon: if they made one more move on him it'd be their last.’
      touch, stroke, caress, fondle, finger, thumb, handle, manipulate, fiddle with, play with, toy with, maul
      test, try, try out, assess
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    3. 1.3no object Be capable of sensation.
      ‘the dead cannot feel’
      • ‘I don't feel, can't feel, don't want to feel.’
      • ‘Collections of people do not have unique consciousness or identities: ‘society’ and ‘the people’ do not feel, need, think, or have rights.’
    4. 1.4no object, with complement Give a sensation of a particular physical quality when touched.
      ‘the wool feels soft’
      • ‘I continued to feel relaxed all evening, my face had a healthy glow and my skin had never felt softer.’
      • ‘It was deep and had wonderful hues of gold and other colors mingled in with it and it even felt soft to walk on.’
      • ‘Add powdered milk until dough feels soft, smooth, and not sticky.’
      • ‘Her palm feels warm and soft and smooth, and I know because I shook hands with her when I wished her good luck for her history exam.’
      • ‘The NRC developed a new enzyme, designed to make hemp feel softer but remain durable.’
      • ‘My clothes feel wet.’
      • ‘My energy levels appear to be rising and my skin is losing its papery pallor and feels softer.’
      • ‘Rest assured that the material used in this is of a much higher quality, and feels good to the touch.’
      • ‘The sand beneath my feet felt so good, soft and cool while the ocean water came up to my ankles.’
      • ‘Fleece is made from polyester and is designed to feel soft, warm and elastic.’
      • ‘Remove the garlic and continue cooking the aubergine for a further ten minutes, or until it feels soft and the skin is charred and black.’
      • ‘The lightweight, non-oily formula absorbs instantly so skin feels clean, soft and smooth.’
      • ‘It rubs in quickly leaving your skin feeling softer after a few minutes.’
      • ‘If your lawn feels soft and spongy, chances are you've got thatch.’
      • ‘She gave me her hand, which felt cold, like the skin of a serpent.’
      • ‘The soft baby skin felt like silk and the bit of fuzz on the baby's head tickled Maya's hand.’
      • ‘Placing his hand on the creature's neck, Erik let out a small smile as he felt how soft it was.’
      seem, appear, strike one as
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    5. 1.5feel something outinformal Investigate something cautiously.
      ‘they want to feel out the situation’
      • ‘They were cautiously feeling things out, but when the conversation didn't blow up in their faces, their voices grew more confident.’
      • ‘An analyst reported that elements in the army were feeling out support from foreign governments for a move against the president.’
      • ‘After you feel the situation out you can take appropriate action.’
      • ‘Over the next four years he made further visits to New York to feel out the market.’
    6. 1.6feel someone upinformal Fondle someone surreptitiously and without their consent, for one's own sexual stimulation.
      • ‘So, if you want to get close, maybe try to feel out her worldview before you feel her up.’
      • ‘He wants you all to himself, he doesn't even like other people looking at you, much less feeling you up,’ he said in a sexy voice, and pulled her close to him.’
      • ‘After Evan had felt me up, I really didn't like people touching me.’
      • ‘I spin my head to see who felt me up, and it's just a woman with no distinguishable features who looks like she's on her way to work too.’
      • ‘While waiting in queue to buy their tickets, they were mobbed by local men, who manhandled them, pushed them into a corner, pressed against them and felt them up.’
      • ‘We start making out and I started feeling her up.’
      • ‘They groped us, felt us up and thrust their pelvic regions into our backsides.’
      • ‘Yeah, he was just feeling you up and getting off with you!’
      • ‘But if you were felt up at a high school party because you got a little too drunk to say no, maybe we should put you in jail.’
      • ‘He taught me and my sister backgammon and felt us up.’
      caress, stroke, pat, pet, pull, finger, touch, tickle, twiddle, play with, massage, knead
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  • 2Experience (an emotion or sensation)

    ‘I felt a sense of excitement’
    no object, with complement ‘she started to feel really sick’
    ‘it felt odd to be alone again’
    no object ‘we feel very strongly about freedom of expression’
    • ‘Training supported by a mentoring programme and a help desk can help staff feel more secure.’
    • ‘I felt like a failure and ate more, only making me feel worse.’
    • ‘Maybe you should do something nice for her, to make her feel special.’
    • ‘They both grinned at me and I suddenly felt uncomfortable under their gazes.’
    • ‘We also aim to make parents feel more confident.’
    • ‘All the swallowing has made me feel ill and keeping anything down is hard.’
    • ‘He might feel shock or surprise or perhaps amusement, and I did not want my gift to give rise to any of these thoughts in him.’
    • ‘She pulled herself up using the wall as a support, still feeling dizzy.’
    • ‘Many women feel uneasy about taking medications during pregnancy.’
    • ‘However, she felt a twinge of disappointment when she couldn't see him.’
    • ‘He felt a strong urge to run, but his friends were in there.’
    • ‘She forced herself to refocus on what was going on in front of her and suddenly felt at ease.’
    • ‘I felt dizzy from standing so quickly when I had gotten out of bed.’
    • ‘She almost felt ashamed for it, though she knew she shouldn't.’
    • ‘It can take several minutes to complete the mayonnaise, by which time your whisking arm will feel dead.’
    • ‘I have just been down to Myrtle Walk and felt physically sickened by its filthy, dilapidated state.’
    • ‘We like people to settle in, make it their own and feel comfortable.’
    • ‘Do you ever feel uncomfortable leaving a comment on a blog you've never commented on before?’
    • ‘He made me feel welcome when I came back from my injury, too.’
    • ‘However, not all SFU students feel so strongly about the issue.’
    • ‘Reddish tints gleamed in her hair, and he felt the urge to run his hands through it.’
    • ‘When I think about it, I just feel horribly guilty.’
    • ‘In general, respondents felt confident in their abilities to deal with alcohol problems.’
    • ‘Does this mean I have to find friends that make me feel inferior?’
    • ‘Can the reader feel pity and terror for Macbeth?’
    • ‘Reading a diary - even if its author is several hundred years dead - sometimes feels voyeuristic.’
    experience, undergo, go through, bear, endure, suffer, be forced to contend with
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    1. 2.1no object, with complement Consider oneself to be in a particular state or exhibiting particular qualities.
      ‘he doesn't feel obliged to visit every weekend’
      ‘she felt such a fool’
      • ‘When you feel comfortable on one foot with your eyes open, close them.’
      • ‘He pulled his knees up to his chest and wrapped his arms around his legs feeling very out of place.’
      • ‘The capital side have been excelling in ladies football for the past few seasons, however this team now feels capable of taking on anyone.’
      • ‘I feel better and more capable, and more attractive now than I have ever felt in my life.’
      • ‘It was helpful, but I felt a failure if I couldn't make him fall around laughing.’
      • ‘But, just a few months shy of his 28th birthday, as well as reaching his peak physically, he feels that he is at his mental best, too.’
      • ‘But following off-season surgery to his wrist and shoulder, he feels ready for the physical demands of Super League.’
      • ‘I twisted my hair up in a knot and suddenly, in the soft light, felt quite beautiful.’
      • ‘These are the people who rock up to class each week just because it makes them feel dead sexy.’
      • ‘Jones says it is not just about dealing with employees that feel under pressure.’
      • ‘There's no gate at the entrance and students just don't feel safe.’
      • ‘Her people are crying in front of her and she felt out of place.’
      • ‘Parents feel helpless in today's changing world and wonder how to cope with the truant child.’
      • ‘They had felt capable of carrying out the work which was being sought.’
      • ‘The only thing I felt capable of doing was locking myself in a room and making a record.’
      • ‘Perhaps in some way they feel abandoned and search for someone who is always going to need them.’
      • ‘After losing more than a stone since the Open, he also feels in the best physical shape of his life.’
      • ‘The survey highlighted that 68 per cent of the residents feel safer now than they did before the Neighbourhood Wardens started.’
      consider, think, regard, look on as, view as, see as, hold to be, judge, adjudge, rate as, deem to be, account, esteem
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    2. 2.2feel up tono object Have the strength and energy to do or deal with.
      ‘after the accident she didn't feel up to driving’
      • ‘Be gentle with yourself if you don't feel up to exercising.’
      • ‘Today's technicians welcome the focus on their jobs and feel up to the challenge.’
      • ‘She asked if we needed any help, and I said we could maybe use a hand if she felt up to it.’
      • ‘I have not felt up to writing this description of events until today.’
    3. 2.3feel oneselfusually with negative Be healthy and well.
      ‘Ruth was not quite feeling herself’
      • ‘Two decades ago she was a highly driven academic - until the fateful morning when she got out of bed feeling not quite herself.’
      • ‘I wasn't really concentrating and I wasn't feeling myself.’
    4. 2.4 Be strongly affected by.
      ‘he didn't feel the loss of his mother so keenly’
      ‘investors who have felt the effects of the recession’
      • ‘When trading started again on Monday morning, the financial impact of the failure was quickly felt.’
      • ‘Art is a luxury, so our industry often feels an economic downturn before other industries.’
      • ‘As a committed family man he would have felt those tragedies keenly.’
      • ‘We're all feeling the loss of heroes that we love.’
      • ‘Smith died in 2003 of a fatal stab wound to the heart and his departure has been felt around the world.’
      • ‘The effects of climate change continue to be felt around the world, with increasing severity.’
    5. 2.5feel forno object Have compassion for.
      ‘poor woman—I do feel for her’
      • ‘He genuinely feels for his people, and he wants them to be in a position where they don't have to suffer any longer.’
      • ‘We feel deeply for the plight of the refugees.’
      • ‘People have truly felt for the victims and responded with money and in other ways.’
      • ‘He does not feel for the families of the dead or for the thirty-five million of us who live in poverty.’
      sympathize with, be sorry for, pity, feel pity for, feel sympathy for, feel compassion for, empathize with, identify with, be moved by, weep for, grieve for, sorrow for
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  • 3with clause Have a belief or impression, especially without an identifiable reason.

    ‘she felt that the woman positively disliked her’
    • ‘I did not get really angry at her - for some reason I felt I had to be gentle with her.’
    • ‘Probably only two seconds had gone by, but it felt like an eternity.’
    • ‘It's almost as if people feel the need to apologize if they don't follow some party line.’
    • ‘‘My guys up there said it felt like an eternity,’ Marks said.’
    • ‘After three years of hard graft in LA, the young Dubliner felt success was just a matter of time.’
    • ‘Lesley now feels her search has hit a brick wall and would desperately like help or advice on how to take it further.’
    • ‘I knew there were lots of things I wasn't doing right but I always felt I was capable of it, you know?’
    sense, have a feeling, get the impression, feel in one's bones, have a hunch, have a funny feeling, just know, intuit
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    1. 3.1 Hold an opinion.
      ‘I felt I could make a useful contribution’
      • ‘Everyone I contacted in my highly unscientific poll feels this election was more than a defeat.’
      • ‘But he felt the markets might lose their special appeal if they became a routine, weekly event.’
      • ‘Cumbria team manager Roger Hackney said he felt the county championship was being downgraded.’
      • ‘In the end, Lee felt the parties were looking to exploit his difficulties for publicity.’
      • ‘He felt the changes in lifestyle and especially in farming in recent years was a factor.’
      • ‘Was his life at the ranch so difficult he felt it necessary to leave?’
      • ‘He said he felt a change of direction was needed when he took over at the pub, which had stiff competition.’
      • ‘We felt these meetings did give people the opportunity to clarify points and make their views known.’
      • ‘He felt the business market between Edinburgh and Europe was under-served.’
      • ‘Cooper also feels Ferguson's success has sparked a sharp increase in his detractors.’
      • ‘Calderwood felt Aberdeen's performance was decent up until the goal but degenerated thereafter.’
      • ‘Former party official Matthew Taylor feels that conference has become ‘ritualistic and pointless’.’
      • ‘I felt the programme focussed a bit too much on what it was like to be a ‘man’ in 2005.’
      • ‘He said he felt the incident was a form of discrimination and had left him angry and wanting an explanation.’
      • ‘In their first eight games, they dropped 11 points, and Aidie Moran felt changes had to be made.’
      • ‘But he felt the management change would see the service finally getting back on the right track.’
      • ‘Interviews with a number of children and their parents emphasised how successful they felt the event to be.’
      • ‘He feels the protest has achieved what it set out to do and is hopeful the government will cut the fuel tax.’
      • ‘My policy is to ignore readers who feel it necessary to resort to insults.’
      • ‘McLeish admitted it had been a tough election but felt the contest had delivered him a mandate.’
      believe, think, consider it right, consider, fancy, be of the opinion, hold, maintain, judge, deem
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noun

  • 1usually in singular An act of touching something to examine it.

    • ‘At 11.25 I wondered if I had any spots that might need squeezing and had a feel round my face.’
    • ‘Give him the warren of streets with their hiding places and dolly birds willing to feed and shelter a man for a few quick feels.’
    • ‘The girls were dancing about and the men were trying to get a feel as they walked by, and things were getting out of hand.’
    • ‘If you have children under five, it's worth having a quick feel inside the video recorder for rogue bananas before angrily demanding a refund.’
    • ‘I let him have a feel of my hair and kept saying ‘it's a bit of a shock, isn't it?’ (must have been terrifying for a two year old!).’
    1. 1.1mass noun The sense of touch.
      ‘he worked by feel rather than using his eyes’
      • ‘Their bumpy quality comes from the raised relief so blind people can identify different bills by feel.’
      • ‘Parts of plants are generally described as ‘succulent’ if they are particularly fleshy, not woody, to the feel and noticeably watery if squashed.’
      • ‘The best way to tell a ripe avocado is by feel.’
      • ‘It was fairly rough to the feel, and looked like it had been made out of crushed granite, cement, and water mixed together.’
      touch, sense of touch, tactile sense, tactility, feeling, feeling one's way, contact
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  • 2usually in singular A sensation given by an object or material when touched.

    ‘nylon cloth with a cotton feel’
    • ‘The fabric is made of 43% polyester and 57% combed cotton, with a cotton-rich feel.’
    • ‘It was a light gray coat made of a material that had the feel of soft fur, but the look of well-made leather.’
    • ‘Polyurethane is extremely light and has the feel of hardened styrene foam.’
    texture, surface, finish, grain, nap
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    1. 2.1 The impression given by something.
      ‘a cafe with a cosmopolitan feel’
      • ‘The film has a very gritty, realistic feel, again lifting it above being a merely stereotypical genre exercise.’
      • ‘The seats are very close together, and this lends an intimate, crowded feel to the place.’
      • ‘The interior has the homely feel of a comfortable country retreat rather than a royal palace.’
      • ‘But what makes this movie so much fun is the authentic retro feel.’
      • ‘The vocals soar over the mix adding to the epic feel of each track.’
      • ‘Instead the Cat and Fiddle had an almost homely feel about it.’
      • ‘"Unicorn Dream " is one of these and has the airy feel of a Scandinavian piece.’
      • ‘Mr Taylor said: " The materials were specially chosen to create an airy feel.’
      • ‘The first is to give an overall feel of the film.’
      • ‘But the film's authentic feel is undermined by a series of political compromises.’
      • ‘Besides, it only adds to the gritty, realistic feel Bogdanovich was aiming for.’
      • ‘The stadium's multitude of glass creates a light, airy feel.’
      atmosphere, ambience, aura, mood, feeling, air, impression, climate, character, overtone, undertone, tenor, spirit, quality, flavour, colour
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  • 3feelsinformal usually in singular Feelings of heightened emotion.

    ‘fans will undoubtedly get the feels when they see how things haven't changed’
    ‘I cry at everything, even the types of movies you wouldn't expect to give you all the feels’

Phrases

  • feel one's age

    • Become aware that one is growing older and less energetic.

      • ‘He doesn't feel his age, 61, and loves performing and meeting the fans that still flock to these performances.’
      • ‘I most certainly do not feel my age but we are made to feel that we are well and truly past it.’
      • ‘He misses her terribly, and for the first time, he is truly feeling his age.’
  • feel free (to do something)

    • Have no hesitation or shyness (often used as an invitation or for reassurance)

      ‘feel free to say what you like’
      • ‘And if something doesn't work, then feel free to change it, or make something else that does work.’
      • ‘I hope you will feel free to contact me with your ideas and questions.’
      • ‘I'm in New York and you can feel free to email me.’
      • ‘A manager told me that the lifeguards were confused, that it was not club policy, and that I should feel free to stay.’
      • ‘You can only choose one director, but feel free to discuss or criticize others' choices.’
  • feel like (doing) something

    • Be inclined to have or do.

      ‘I feel like celebrating’
      • ‘We're supposed to have dance class tonight, but I don't feel like going.’
      • ‘I felt like crying most of Sunday and Monday, but that's normal.’
      • ‘After dinner we felt like a drink.’
      • ‘He felt like a walk and some food.’
      • ‘He tried to joke, but I just did not feel like laughing.’
      want, would like, wish for, desire, fancy, feel in need of, feel the need for, long for, crave, hanker after, pine for, thirst for, be desperate for, be bent on
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  • feel one's way

    • 1Find one's way by touch rather than sight.

      ‘he felt his way back to the stairs’
      • ‘She crawled across the hard floor, feeling her way to the other wall.’
      • ‘They are climbing in virtual total darkness; they have to feel their way up, by the way of trials.’
      • ‘He placed a hand on either side of the tunnel trying to feel his way down the stairway.’
      • ‘I stepped towards the door, and felt my way up three steps.’
      • ‘It was a bit tougher going than the way up, feeling his way down.’
      • ‘A mouse uses its whiskers to feel its way around.’
      • ‘She pushed, desperately feeling her way along it.’
      • ‘Katie tip toed through the dark apartment, feeling her way around to make sure she didn't run into any sharp edges.’
      • ‘Residents said the white cane he uses to feel his way around reminded them of the staff used by bishops during religious ceremonies.’
      • ‘Knowing the layout well enough to find the cups in the dark, she felt her way around.’
      grope, fumble, scrabble, pick, poke, explore
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      1. 1.1Proceed cautiously, especially in a situation that is unfamiliar.
        ‘she was new in the job, still feeling her way’
        • ‘Both countries were feeling their way towards the most effective policies.’
        • ‘It will not be broken by feeling our way into the future with tenative leaders.’
        • ‘Its more of a guideline to feel your way into the gaming world.’
        • ‘Over recent years we have been feeling our way towards more openness.’
        • ‘I am part of a generation which is still feeling its way.’
        • ‘Novelists would have to feel their way towards a new literary process.’
        • ‘Like any good show feeling its way through, we are never sure what she is meant to be.’
        • ‘You have to have some sort of form in which to feel your way toward God.’
        • ‘At this stage in the game the housemates are still feeling their way, positioning themselves for the long haul.’
        • ‘You know, being new to the position, I still had to feel my way through.’
  • get a (or the) feel for (or of)

    • Become accustomed to.

      ‘you can explore to get a feel of the place’
      • ‘We got a feel for their lifestyle and for what was important to them.’
      • ‘That's the one thing that he's been maybe a little bit slow at, just because he's still getting a feel for it.’
      • ‘After 7 laps I had really got the feel of the car and found you could easily go though the chicane at 90-100 mph.’
      • ‘I just came down here today to take in the buzz and get the feel of the atmosphere and it was great.’
      • ‘This game allows the user to get the feel for being a corporate manager with ties to the Mob.’
  • have a feel for

    • Have a sensitive appreciation or an intuitive understanding of.

      ‘you have to have a feel for animals’
      • ‘I really have a feel for what regular people like.’
      • ‘I truly do not have a feel for how widespread that actually is.’
      • ‘As a native of another though larger country town in York, he has a feel for what the community expects.’
      • ‘I don't have a feel for who I think is going to win this election.’
      • ‘We need people in there who have a feel for football and understand it.’
      • ‘He has always had a feel for what the audience wants and never knowingly undersells a great event or oversells a poor event.’
      • ‘You've got to have a feel for what's in style and what's in style for the customer.’
      • ‘I never tackle a design project until I have a feel for what is needed somewhere.’
      • ‘While I occasionally have a feel for how a game will work, I often don't, and don't even have the rules completely hashed out.’
      • ‘By talking with and observing enough users, you'll have a feel for which issues are general trends and which are random comments.’
  • make oneself (or one's presence) felt

    • Have a noticeable effect or influence.

      ‘the economic crisis began to make itself felt’
      • ‘Changes this profound in the make-up of the heartland communities are unlikely to happen in the political dark, and, indeed, are beginning to make themselves felt in the national debate.’
      • ‘But gradually harsher realities began to make themselves felt.’
      • ‘Already global warming is beginning to make itself felt even in Bangalore.’
      • ‘The falling dollar, despite its recent bounce-back, has begun to make itself felt: manufacturers report a sharp rise in exports.’
      • ‘The effects of over-consumption make themselves felt - this is acknowledged in the conclusion, but not in the body of the argument.’
      • ‘The full consequences of the destruction of savings on such a scale and at such a pace have only just begun to make themselves felt.’
      • ‘The net effect is a vast area poor in resources, an effect that makes itself felt throughout the food web.’
      • ‘First there was the effect of the recession, which began to make itself felt around midsummer.’
      • ‘With her sultry cover-girl looks, she certainly looks as though she possesses the x-factor needed to make her presence felt in the world of pop.’
      • ‘But he has made his presence felt in the art world in many other ways as well.’

Origin

Old English fēlan, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch voelen and German fühlen.

Pronunciation

feel

/fiːl/