Definition of feel (or take) the pulse of in English:

feel (or take) the pulse of


  • 1Determine the heart rate of (someone) by feeling and timing the pulsation of an artery.

    ‘a nurse came in and took his pulse’
    • ‘Or if you feel the pulse of this person, it is not pulsating.’
    1. 1.1 Ascertain the general mood or opinion of.
      ‘the conference will be an opportunity to feel the pulse of those working in the field’
      • ‘Then you can appreciate Africa Remix for what it is; a well sequenced selection of top quality grooves that takes the pulse of 21st century African roots music and finds it to be in surprisingly rude health.’
      • ‘Pollsters taking the pulse of the general population use publicly available lists of phone numbers or addresses and randomly sample the nation.’
      • ‘All that ACT can do is change its leader and go to Auckland and say it is taking the pulse of Auckland for the next 2 months.’
      • ‘I was hoping to get a feel for the flow of the votes, to take the pulse of the beating heart that is the life force of American Democracy.’
      • ‘It's like taking the pulse of the continent's unconscious.’
      • ‘This is a dark, complex, layered film that takes the pulse of modern marriage and finds it racing both with misdirected lust and barely stifled anger.’
      • ‘Indeed, when Kendall takes the pulse of the province, he strays far from the hospital wards to examine such factors as income, education, housing, the environment and even the economy.’
      • ‘One good way to take the pulse of the nation is to scan the vast electronic yard sale that is eBay.’
      • ‘What-ifs were discussed, and we began taking the pulse of the industry differently.’
      • ‘Organizations that stop to take the pulse of changing times and adjust their course are better able to move into new periods of growth and prosperity.’