Definition of feeling in English:



  • 1An emotional state or reaction.

    ‘a feeling of joy’
    • ‘There are so many in our price range we soon experienced the old familiar feeling of bewilderment bordering on mania.’
    • ‘He seemed shocked for a second but that emotion was soon taken over by the much stronger feeling of pain.’
    • ‘And if you fell in love with me so long ago it only makes this feeling stronger, right?’
    • ‘One can be gripped by a vague feeling of claustrophobia, as if entering an underground tomb.’
    • ‘While he denies he has a chip on his shoulder, this gut class feeling is a strong motivation behind his desire for success.’
    • ‘If showing our emotions leaves us feeling exposed and vulnerable, then why do it?’
    • ‘She felt a burden lifting off her shoulders and smiled at the carefree feeling that permeated her senses.’
    • ‘Because it makes good evolutionary sense to get this feeling in your body when you're looking at the horror film.’
    • ‘Most of them possess no souls and an inhuman ability to disregard all forms of emotion and feeling.’
    • ‘It's there, this feeling, so strong it suffocates me with every breath I take.’
    • ‘The strong feeling of love and the longing to commit is perfectly conveyed in marriage.’
    • ‘We have all experienced that sickening feeling when you know you no longer have control of the vehicle you are driving.’
    • ‘We wanted them to know what it felt like, so that they will never want to experience that feeling ever again.’
    • ‘How can anger, or any other emotion or feeling, get someone to go against what they have deliberately resolved on doing?’
    • ‘The April sun seemed to stir in him a vague feeling that he could not construe.’
    • ‘So strong was this feeling I went out and bought two dresses that day.’
    • ‘My strong gut feeling is that she wants you to break up with her, or she wants to prepare you for impending breakup.’
    • ‘At the end of it all, though, there is a vague feeling of disquiet.’
    • ‘That bad feeling was getting stronger and I was beginning to be angry.’
    • ‘There is always a vague feeling of inertia, a longing to go back to a country they have never seen.’
    love, care, affection, fondness, tenderness, warmth, warmness, emotion, sentiment
    compassion, sympathy, empathy, fellow feeling, understanding, care, concern, solicitude, solicitousness, tender-heartedness, tenderness, love, brotherly love
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    1. 1.1feelings The emotional side of someone's character; emotional responses or tendencies to respond.
      ‘I don't want to hurt her feelings’
      • ‘Those feelings had only grown stronger since he'd come to the university.’
      • ‘He still frightens me a little, because I know nothing about him, yet my feelings have only grown stronger.’
      • ‘But you should turn those feelings of pity into feelings of rampant envy.’
      • ‘Exchanging information, ideas, feelings with other humans is not a matter of convenience, it's a search for the deepest rewards.’
      • ‘As the years began to pass, these feelings only grew stronger as he got to know her.’
      • ‘When we read about the 1980s, what ideas, actions, feelings might be present that are distinctive to the time?’
      • ‘All of our feelings, beliefs and actions are based on our thoughts.’
      • ‘I could not help but love that quality about her and it only added to my feelings that were growing stronger each day.’
      • ‘It engenders feelings of belief in what can be achieved.’
      • ‘Sneers and bad feelings had grown stronger at Kat's slight improvement in mood.’
      • ‘It made our feelings grow stronger for each other and from then on we became more physical.’
      • ‘Personal feelings and opinions are considered and respected.’
      • ‘There were lots of feelings and ideas and I wasn't sure how it was going to turn out.’
      • ‘With each passing day, the urge to tell him of my feelings grows stronger.’
      • ‘You've changed a lot since then, and my feelings have only grown stronger.’
      • ‘She would like to use this forum as an opportunity to share her feelings and opinions and exchange views on the outcome of the elections.’
      • ‘The poems demonstrated a range of feelings and ideas about bullying, from where to go if you are being bullied to how bullies feel.’
      • ‘Contrary to popular opinion exploring feelings does not make one weak.’
      • ‘Meg Sheppard ran from spotlight to spotlight chanting various adjectives in an effort to explain her ideas and feelings.’
      • ‘Like you said, there are so many things to think about, and even more thoughts, feelings and ideas that go into what I do.’
      sensibilities, sensitivities, self-esteem, ego, pride
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    2. 1.2mass noun Strong emotion.
      ‘‘God bless you!’ she said with feeling’
      • ‘Silence, when used appropriately and in context, will add emotion and feeling to the video.’
      • ‘All that feeling, emotion and fantasizing was wrapped up in a crude Marxist politics.’
      • ‘His acting roles are typically all over the range, but usually have a sense of feeling to them.’
      • ‘Competing at the world level gives me the opportunity to experience that feeling.’
      • ‘Often you sense the underlying feeling of hostility among certain people working in the tourism trade.’
      • ‘You couldn't imagine the warmth of this feeling if you had not been close to them.’
      • ‘It all feels so lacking in genuine feeling, genuine emotion, genuine interest.’
      • ‘It is hard not to be affected by the songs when the lyrics and vocals carry such a genuine sense of feeling.’
      • ‘For Radhika art is not a handicraft, but the transmission of feeling she has experienced.’
      • ‘Do these schools have any idea of the feelings of revulsion a statement like that on their websites provokes?’
      • ‘At any rate, because of that feeling, it pains me somewhat to bring up this.’
      • ‘He was still the quiet type, but in a confidant way, and you could sense the depth of feeling between them.’
      • ‘It was like they were puppets or something of that sort, void of any feeling, any emotion, any life.’
      • ‘Notice where the feelings are coming from and focus on how good it is to experience that feeling again.’
      • ‘The whole show was precise and mathematical, but full of subtle light, warmth and feeling.’
      • ‘He was going back to the place where there was no feeling, because emotion and love were not allowed.’
      • ‘This is a production created and played with great care and feeling, whose warmth will brighten any winter.’
  • 2An idea or belief, especially a vague or irrational one.

    with clause ‘he had the feeling that he was being watched’
    • ‘The search for new ideas stems from a feeling that things are running out of control.’
    • ‘The enterprise seems foolhardy, and Stewart does not justify it beyond a vague feeling that he wants adventure.’
    • ‘At first after my trip to Vietnam, I really did have a real strong feeling that he would answer.’
    • ‘As I walked down the half-busy streets to work this morning, I could sense the unnerving feeling that people had.’
    • ‘Sometimes, I just have a feeling that an idea is going to work, but Charlie wants to know why.’
    • ‘When the Hoopers joined us I had a very strong feeling that they would go onto to achieve great things.’
    • ‘I had a very strong feeling that if I moved into one particular flat my life would change dramatically.’
    • ‘Throughout, there is a feeling that ideas are floating about in the same way that the characters do.’
    • ‘Being right then is not a matter of having some recognizable state of mind, a sense or feeling of certainty.’
    • ‘I had a very strong feeling that there was someone or something in the cave with me.’
    • ‘You may have experienced that uncanny feeling of impending success.’
    • ‘I have a vague feeling that these different kinds and genres of rants will keep coming and going as this post progresses.’
    • ‘I have a feeling that in his opinion this ought to be done by the industry's representatives because they know the facts.’
    • ‘I had a vague feeling that we were kind of heading in that direction in our relationship, but I had expected him to say it first.’
    suspicion, sneaking suspicion, notion, inkling, hunch, fancy, apprehension, presentiment, premonition, foreboding
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    1. 2.1 An attitude or opinion.
      ‘a feeling grew that justice had not been done’
      ‘if you have strong feelings about the proposal, you should contact the Office at once’
      • ‘Far from being merely functional, it engages with the ideas and feelings of the people who see it around the world.’
      • ‘They show a high respect for the feelings and beliefs of others.’
      • ‘It is a state of mind, a feeling, an attitude that can be worn like a shamrock on a lapel.’
      • ‘There's a strong general feeling among our members that consumers are not receptive to milk from cloned cows.’
      • ‘The same feeling had been experienced by Russian intellectuals in 1917.’
      • ‘I want you to listen what he said, what his sense, what his feeling is right now.’
      • ‘That's the trouble with feelings - they are irrational and highly personal.’
      • ‘So going back to your opening remark, if people are willing to share this information with me, then I will do something with it, but all I get are very vague feelings.’
      • ‘I won't reveal to you my feelings about such an idea (although I'm sure you can imagine).’
      • ‘Then, although he belongs to his society, he changes it, presenting it with fresh feelings, fresh ideas.’
      • ‘There is then this strong feeling that if one is not actively involved in corruption, one is not corrupt.’
      • ‘He saw more clearly than any of these other guys how strong that feeling was.’
      • ‘I didn't have a real strong feeling about anything until I started playing music.’
      • ‘When you are fifty, you constantly have this strong feeling that you are wasting your time.’
      • ‘It illustrates how our society is unravelling, through the substitution of irrational feelings for demonstrable facts.’
      • ‘Businesses want dynamic, new and fresh ideas but my feelings are that a 20-year-old is unlikely to want to stay with one company.’
      sentiment, emotion, emotional state
      opinion, belief, view, impression, intuition, instinct, hunch, estimation, guess, theory, hypothesis, thought, way of thinking, point of view
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  • 3mass noun The capacity to experience the sense of touch.

    ‘a loss of feeling in the hands’
    • ‘He said as a result, the man had suffered nerve and tendon damage, and lost feeling and sensitivity in his hand.’
    • ‘Jack wasn't sure if he was going blind, or just crazy, but he lost all feeling, all sense.’
    • ‘For a prosthetic heel to be successful it would need to be covered in skin which has feeling and sensation.’
    • ‘He said he was in intense pain and losing feeling in his legs and his doctor recommended a private clinic.’
    • ‘The disease leaves her with pain, loss of feeling and a burning sensation in her hands meaning she cannot drive for any length of time.’
    sensory faculty, sensation, perception
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    1. 3.1 The sensation of touching or being touched by a particular thing.
      ‘the feeling of the water against your skin’
      • ‘The churning feeling of pain gurgled up through his body as he tried to sit up.’
      • ‘Remember how it feels on deck because you want the same feeling in the water.’
      • ‘The effect of this long anticipated encounter reminded her of that light, numb feeling often experienced in dreams.’
      • ‘A young child paddles in the sea for the first time, fascinated by the pleasant feeling of the water.’
      • ‘It's about communicating as we normally communicate with voice and sight and touch and feeling.’
      • ‘I trust what I feel, and my intuition and the feeling that comes from sound and from sight.’
      • ‘My hand glowed with that bright light, and a fuzzy warm feeling came into my fingers.’
      • ‘The cold feeling of slowly moving water slid over her, until there was only darkness.’
      • ‘Besides the comfortable feeling of water running down the throat, water plays a vital role in the human body.’
      • ‘I had a vague feeling of movement and then pain crashed through me as I hit something really hard.’
      • ‘By tactile sensation, I mean that feeling that you get that lets you know where your arms are with your eyes closed.’
      touch, feel, sense of touch, tactile sense, tactility, contact, using one's hands
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  • 4feeling forA sensitivity to or intuitive understanding of.

    ‘she says I have a feeling for medicine’
    • ‘The singer has an even, rounded tone, an apposite feeling for ornament and an ability to phrase with sprightly elegance.’
    • ‘I think it's permissible, after working on your favourite virus for over 20 years, to develop some sort of feeling for it.’
    aptitude, knack, flair, bent, talent, gift, skill, art, trick, faculty, ability, propensity, inclination
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  • Showing emotion or sensitivity.

    ‘she was a feeling child’
    sensitive, warm, warm-hearted, tender, tender-hearted, caring, soft-hearted, sympathetic, compassionate, understanding, empathetic, responsive, receptive, intuitive, thoughtful
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  • one's better feelings

    • One's conscience.

      • ‘No matter how much you may protest that you're a poet, not a web-designer, your better feelings take charge and off you go, fiddling here, examining there, investigating and validating until the fault has gone away.’
      • ‘I keep reading him in spite of my better feelings.’
      • ‘Despite all my better feelings and all the desire to see through this particular hype, I couldn't help myself.’