Definition of mental in English:

mental

adjective

  • 1Relating to the mind.

    ‘mental faculties’
    ‘mental phenomena’
    • ‘At any given moment we all have a mental concept of who we are, and usually several.’
    • ‘Are there enough mental health professions to deliver the therapy that is needed?’
    • ‘This disease of old age starts as memory loss and manifests in a person with the total loss of mental faculties.’
    • ‘These simple lifestyle interventions may just help to preserve our mental faculties as we age.’
    • ‘It is good for the mental faculties to start classes early in the morning and finish by afternoon.’
    • ‘Both of these ideas led to and reinforced theories that lack of hair was caused by mental activity or high intelligence.’
    • ‘A Scottish study claims that people's mental faculties were reduced after a lifetime smoking.’
    • ‘You have to put your aches and pains in the back of your mind and that takes mental toughness.’
    • ‘Brentano did in fact hold that every mental phenomenon is an object of inner consciousness.’
    • ‘The illness of a relative meant that we, his family, were fully aware of his abhorrence of the loss of mental faculty.’
    • ‘Power tools should only be used when your mental and physical faculties are at their best.’
    • ‘His message - make your brain sweat if you want to enjoy your mental life to its fullest.’
    • ‘Even if we had a map of her entire mental mind, we still wouldn't be able to predict anything.’
    • ‘No one in full possession of their mental faculties would describe them as dull or generic.’
    • ‘Just as there are physical phenomena, in the same manner there are mental phenomena.’
    • ‘Early intervention in psychosis is a relatively new concept in mental health.’
    • ‘It is said that with fading age, the physical and mental faculties do not remain as strong.’
    • ‘There is the belief that functional brain scanning can individuate mental pathologies in the living brain.’
    • ‘We left the rainforest clearing content in our minds about the mental and physical wellbeing of our son.’
    • ‘Why do you invest even one brain cell of your mental capital on figuring out his motivation?’
    intellectual, cerebral, brain, rational, psychological, cognitive, abstract, conceptual, theoretical
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    1. 1.1 Done by or occurring in the mind.
      ‘a quick mental calculation’
      ‘she made a mental note to ring him later’
      • ‘I have made a mental note to buy some bulbs of these next autumn and to plant them in pots for flowering in the greenhouse.’
      • ‘If Wyman seemed less than engaged, he was probably making mental notes for his next diary entry.’
      • ‘I made a mental note at that moment to immediately begin looking for a gift for Josh.’
      • ‘I put the pen back in my box with a mental note to try it again one day when I'm feeling adventurous, and took up a pencil instead.’
      • ‘Weiskopf's mental notes will be more meaningful than anything he scribbles on the scorecard.’
      • ‘Not especially in a mood to linger and look around I made a mental note to return in a better frame of mind.’
      • ‘Since it opened with its smart exterior a year ago I had made a mental note to visit the eatery.’
      • ‘Preparing to leave this place for a ten day journey is more a mental task than a physical one.’
      • ‘He rung his hands together and Karla took a mental note that he didn't wear a wedding ring.’
      • ‘I made a mental note to remember to ask him what the proper term for the bird species was.’
      • ‘Curri-San made a mental note to tell Rei about the compartments next time he saw her.’
      • ‘I trod on it as I got out of bed, and made a mental note to ask the staff not to put the tray on the floor the following morning.’
      • ‘Many of his pieces mimic the effects of nature that we cannot see or simply do not make mental note of.’
      • ‘I suddenly had an idea for a song, making a mental note to myself to write it later.’
      • ‘I studied the river bed where the fish had been, then noticed a quite a deep channel so I made a mental note for future reference.’
      • ‘I made a mental note to ring her back and let her know about all that was going on.’
      • ‘She made a mental note on her mind to inquire about his personal life more when she sees him again.’
      • ‘This will just encourage them to make physical notes instead of mental ones.’
      • ‘At the same time, I'm making mental notes about how to present our house on open day.’
      • ‘On this particular Indian summer day, Andy journeyed toward the town and made a mental note of what he would trade for.’
  • 2Relating to disorders of the mind.

    ‘a mental hospital’
    • ‘The team also looked at admissions for mental and behavioural disorders caused by controlled drugs.’
    • ‘It's not a definable mental or physical illness, with causes that can be diagnosed and treated.’
    • ‘Most patients with a mental disorder have a mixture of depressive and anxiety disorder.’
    • ‘Furthermore, the fact that a patient is suffering from a mental disorder cannot of itself mean that he lacks capacity.’
    • ‘Consequent on her early abusive experiences, she has pervasive developmental mental disorder.’
    • ‘Indeed, psychiatrists do not talk of insanity but prefer to use terms such as mental illness or mental disorder.’
    • ‘The club was set up for and by people who have suffered through mental illness in the past.’
    • ‘More often than not the inability to cope manifests itself in mental disorders, says experts.’
    • ‘In mental health illnesses, visitors can and do play a very important role in aiding patient recovery.’
    • ‘Secondly, there is no evidence that treatment prevents suicide in patients with any mental disorder.’
    • ‘During her time as a patient no treatment for mental disorder or illness was given.’
    • ‘That was indeed the situation in the present case: the verdict and the order were silent as to the form of mental disorder.’
    • ‘Medium secure units admit patients for the assessment and treatment of mental disorder associated with risk.’
    • ‘Finally let me address prevention of mental illness and promotion of mental health.’
    • ‘A mental disorder only arises when we lose the capacity to differentiate between imagination and reality.’
    • ‘Nowadays, music is both applied for patients with mental disorders and healthy people.’
    • ‘The exhibit looks at the lives of people living with mental illness within mental institutions.’
    • ‘Young prisoners had considerably more inpatient treatments for mental disorders than did the controls.’
    • ‘Only about ten percent of the elderly who need treatment for mental disorders get it.’
    • ‘It is time that this Government took mental illness and mental health seriously.’
    psychiatric, psychogenic
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    1. 2.1informal predicative Mad; insane.
      ‘I think he was a little worried that I might be mental’
      • ‘This year, we had the additional joys of a barmy dog that hates fireworks - and goes slightly mental when they go off.’
      • ‘I don't care if you are crazy and tell me something mental like you brought a teddy bear.’
      • ‘I've never really got into them that much, so I let other people go mental and bought a couple of beers.’
      • ‘As a symbol of Stein's greatness and a cue for the home fans to go mental, nothing beats the sight of that big silver pot.’
      • ‘They would all see her go mental, and she would slowly but surly lose her popularity.’
      • ‘All the other dogs were going absolutely mental barking and he was sitting there really quietly in his cage.’
      • ‘That's one of the dangers for young actors - you get a bit of financial success and you go mental and blow it all.’
      • ‘Is it any wonder that some of them under so much pressure go mental or commit suicide?’
      mad, insane, mentally ill, certifiable, deranged, demented, of unsound mind, out of one's mind, not in one's right mind, sick in the head, not together, crazy, crazed, lunatic, non compos mentis, unbalanced, unhinged, unstable, disturbed, distracted, stark mad, manic, frenzied, raving, distraught, frantic, hysterical, delirious, psychotic, psychopathic, mad as a hatter, mad as a march hare, away with the fairies, foaming at the mouth
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Usage

The use of mental in compounds such as mental hospital and mental patient was the normal accepted term in the first half of the 20th century. It is now, however, regarded as old-fashioned, sometimes even offensive, and has been largely replaced by the term psychiatric in both general and official use

Phrases

  • go mental

    • informal Lose one's self-control, typically as a result of anger or excitement.

      ‘the home crowd were going mental’
      • ‘The TV has gone mental too - keeps switching from channel to channel willy nilly.’
      • ‘The entire crowd going mental right through the encore!’
      • ‘I didn't really know how to handle an audience that were going mental.’
      • ‘I must be going mental, she thought sadly.’
      • ‘For five weeks of the year everyone goes mental.’
      • ‘For three weeks every summer the city of Edinburgh goes mental.’
      • ‘The uncertainty of employment can make someone go mental.’
      • ‘Edward went mental on the beach, racing around trying to get warm.’
      • ‘By day nine or 10 I was starting to go mental. "’
      • ‘In this, the year 2000, music has gone mental.’
  • chuck a mental

    • informal Become unable to control one's temper or emotions.

      ‘he looks like he's about to chuck a mental at any moment’
      • ‘I considered rubbing the excess ink across the front of my school jersey but knew that Mum would chuck a mental come laundry day.’
      • ‘She didn't even chuck a mental at me because she was too busy bawling.’
      • ‘Some stupid cow chucks a mental because he wouldn't let her 10 year old into a popular MA rated film.’
      • ‘Cody could feel himself about to chuck a mental.’
      • ‘I wouldn't want the moment of the century ruining by somebody chucking a mental when things were just hotting up.’
      • ‘My father's just about to chuck a mental.’
      • ‘If you aim too high, you may find the workload overwhelming and feel so stressed out that you chuck a mental two weeks into Term 1.’
      • ‘I ended up my day with him chucking a mental at me over the stupidest thing imaginable.’
      • ‘When this article appeared in a national newspaper, they chucked a mental.’
      • ‘Mr Lee chucked a mental and told them to come back after school.’

Origin

Late Middle English: from late Latin mentalis, from Latin mens, ment- ‘mind’.

Pronunciation

mental

/ˈmɛnt(ə)l/