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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She could feel a rough wall against her back and she wondered where they had taken her.’
    • ‘I can almost feel the texture of candyfloss in my hair or the stickiness of a toffee apple all over my face.’
    • ‘Alexia was about to get up when she was yanked backwards by her hair, she felt a knife at her throat and looked up.’
    • ‘I walked around the park in my bare feet, feeling the cool soft grass, until I found a shady spot to sit down.’
    • ‘She felt around for the lock and grimaced when she felt the cold metal touch her skin.’
    • ‘Both of them were pacing around the beach, feeling the hot sand beneath their cold feet.’
    • ‘I felt someone touch my hand.’
    • ‘She testified that she placed her left hand on the man's forehead and felt no hair.’
    • ‘He suddenly felt his brother's hand on his arm.’
    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’
      • ‘While it is still winter, we can start to feel the change in climate upon us.’
      • ‘He could still close his eyes and see her face, smell her hair and feel the touch of her hand on his.’
      • ‘She could feel the water begin to ebb away from her skin, and she felt her damp hair drying.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘When he hears a particularly fine piece, he says he can feel the hairs coming up on his arms.’
      • ‘A familiar Spring breeze blew past us and I felt my hair brushing against my face.’
      • ‘She found a rare empty seat and was walking toward it when she felt a tap on her shoulder.’
      • ‘She could hear shallow breathing and felt the warmth of a body turn over.’
      • ‘Sitting in the car on a wet afternoon, I felt the hairs prick up on the back of my neck.’
      • ‘He felt the hairs on the back of his neck stand on end as he sensed that Lucas was nearby.’
      • ‘A hand went up to her hair as she felt it falling out of the bun in wisps beside her temples.’
      • ‘She felt them braid her hair very tightly and then heard them take the scissors to it.’
      • ‘Cecil ran a soothing hand down her hair as he felt tears coursing down his own face.’
      • ‘After a few minutes, he felt the hairs on the back of his neck stand on end like he was being watched.’
      • ‘I didn't know what was going on, but apparently they had felt the vibrations from the quake and come out of the sand.’
      • ‘He had just turned on the water and began shampooing his hair when he felt the door open.’
      • ‘She felt it remove the short ribbon binding her hair, felt the braid loosen and her blue tresses whip free.’
      • ‘I felt a strand of hair fall across my face and a moment later a tender hand brush it back into place.’
    2. 1.2 Examine or search by touch.
      ‘he touched her head and felt her hair’
      no object ‘he felt around for the matches’
      • ‘I felt around under the bed for some kind of weapon: if they made one more move on him it'd be their last.’
      • ‘He backed away from the couch, and felt for the light switch.’
      • ‘I just keep feeling the hair in the back there and trying to get all the hair on the back of my neck off.’
      • ‘In the afternoon Burginde rummaged amongst our wool sacks, feeling with her hands how much carded fleece was left.’
      • ‘On her way down the stairs she felt inside her pocket to make sure she still had the keys.’
      • ‘She ran a hand through her hair and felt the cut where she had been roughed up by Derek.’
      • ‘I felt around and found some old newspapers and tried to cover myself.’
      • ‘Mac ran a hand over his short hair, then gently felt the bump on the back of his head.’
      • ‘Head to the first floor where the exhibitors have taken individual rooms to get you to see, touch, and feel the products.’
      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’
      • ‘Add powdered milk until dough feels soft, smooth, and not sticky.’
      • ‘Fleece is made from polyester and is designed to feel soft, warm and elastic.’
      • ‘The NRC developed a new enzyme, designed to make hemp feel softer but remain durable.’
      • ‘If your lawn feels soft and spongy, chances are you've got thatch.’
      • ‘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 sand beneath my feet felt so good, soft and cool while the ocean water came up to my ankles.’
      • ‘My clothes feel wet.’
      • ‘I continued to feel relaxed all evening, my face had a healthy glow and my skin had never felt softer.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It was deep and had wonderful hues of gold and other colors mingled in with it and it even felt soft to walk on.’
      • ‘The lightweight, non-oily formula absorbs instantly so skin feels clean, soft and smooth.’
      • ‘The soft baby skin felt like silk and the bit of fuzz on the baby's head tickled Maya's hand.’
      • ‘Rest assured that the material used in this is of a much higher quality, and feels good to the touch.’
      • ‘It rubs in quickly leaving your skin feeling softer after a few minutes.’
      • ‘My energy levels appear to be rising and my skin is losing its papery pallor and feels softer.’
      • ‘She gave me her hand, which felt cold, like the skin of a serpent.’
      • ‘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’
      • ‘Over the next four years he made further visits to New York to feel out the market.’
      • ‘They were cautiously feeling things out, but when the conversation didn't blow up in their faces, their voices grew more confident.’
      • ‘After you feel the situation out you can take appropriate action.’
      • ‘An analyst reported that elements in the army were feeling out support from foreign governments for a move against the president.’
    6. 1.6feel someone upinformal Fondle someone for one's own sexual stimulation.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We start making out and I started feeling her up.’
      • ‘He taught me and my sister backgammon and felt us up.’
      • ‘After Evan had felt me up, I really didn't like people touching me.’
      • ‘They groped us, felt us up and thrust their pelvic regions into our backsides.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘So, if you want to get close, maybe try to feel out her worldview before you feel her up.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Yeah, he was just feeling you up and getting off with you!’
      • ‘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.’
      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’
    ‘we feel very strongly about freedom of expression’
    no object ‘I felt angry and humiliated’
    • ‘Many women feel uneasy about taking medications during pregnancy.’
    • ‘He made me feel welcome when I came back from my injury, too.’
    • ‘Do you ever feel uncomfortable leaving a comment on a blog you've never commented on before?’
    • ‘Does this mean I have to find friends that make me feel inferior?’
    • ‘When I think about it, I just feel horribly guilty.’
    • ‘We like people to settle in, make it their own and feel comfortable.’
    • ‘Reading a diary - even if its author is several hundred years dead - sometimes feels voyeuristic.’
    • ‘It can take several minutes to complete the mayonnaise, by which time your whisking arm will feel dead.’
    • ‘They both grinned at me and I suddenly felt uncomfortable under their gazes.’
    • ‘I have just been down to Myrtle Walk and felt physically sickened by its filthy, dilapidated state.’
    • ‘Training supported by a mentoring programme and a help desk can help staff feel more secure.’
    • ‘Can the reader feel pity and terror for Macbeth?’
    • ‘However, she felt a twinge of disappointment when she couldn't see him.’
    • ‘Reddish tints gleamed in her hair, and he felt the urge to run his hands through it.’
    • ‘However, not all SFU students feel so strongly about the issue.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Maybe you should do something nice for her, to make her feel special.’
    • ‘He felt a strong urge to run, but his friends were in there.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She almost felt ashamed for it, though she knew she shouldn't.’
    • ‘I felt like a failure and ate more, only making me feel worse.’
    • ‘We also aim to make parents feel more confident.’
    • ‘In general, respondents felt confident in their abilities to deal with alcohol problems.’
    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’
      • ‘It was helpful, but I felt a failure if I couldn't make him fall around laughing.’
      • ‘There's no gate at the entrance and students just don't feel safe.’
      • ‘They had felt capable of carrying out the work which was being sought.’
      • ‘Parents feel helpless in today's changing world and wonder how to cope with the truant child.’
      • ‘Her people are crying in front of her and she felt out of place.’
      • ‘The survey highlighted that 68 per cent of the residents feel safer now than they did before the Neighbourhood Wardens started.’
      • ‘When you feel comfortable on one foot with your eyes open, close them.’
      • ‘The capital side have been excelling in ladies football for the past few seasons, however this team now feels capable of taking on anyone.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The only thing I felt capable of doing was locking myself in a room and making a record.’
      • ‘Jones says it is not just about dealing with employees that feel under pressure.’
      • ‘These are the people who rock up to class each week just because it makes them feel dead sexy.’
      • ‘But following off-season surgery to his wrist and shoulder, he feels ready for the physical demands of Super League.’
      • ‘Perhaps in some way they feel abandoned and search for someone who is always going to need them.’
      • ‘He pulled his knees up to his chest and wrapped his arms around his legs feeling very out of place.’
      • ‘After losing more than a stone since the Open, he also feels in the best physical shape of his life.’
      • ‘I feel better and more capable, and more attractive now than I have ever felt in my life.’
      • ‘I twisted my hair up in a knot and suddenly, in the soft light, felt quite beautiful.’
      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 to Have the strength and energy to do or deal with.
      ‘after the accident she didn't feel up to driving’
      • ‘She asked if we needed any help, and I said we could maybe use a hand if she felt up to it.’
      • ‘Be gentle with yourself if you don't feel up to exercising.’
      • ‘I have not felt up to writing this description of events until today.’
      • ‘Today's technicians welcome the focus on their jobs and feel up to the challenge.’
    3. 2.3feel oneselfusually with negative Be healthy and well.
      ‘Ruth was not quite feeling herself’
      • ‘I wasn't really concentrating and I wasn't feeling myself.’
      • ‘Two decades ago she was a highly driven academic - until the fateful morning when she got out of bed feeling not quite herself.’
    4. 2.4 Be emotionally affected by.
      ‘he didn't feel the loss of his mother so keenly’
      • ‘As a committed family man he would have felt those tragedies keenly.’
      • ‘Art is a luxury, so our industry often feels an economic downturn before other industries.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘When trading started again on Monday morning, the financial impact of the failure was quickly felt.’
      • ‘The effects of climate change continue to be felt around the world, with increasing severity.’
    5. 2.5feel for Have compassion for.
      ‘poor woman—I 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.’
      • ‘People have truly felt for the victims and responded with money and in other ways.’
      • ‘We feel deeply for the plight of the refugees.’
      • ‘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 knew there were lots of things I wasn't doing right but I always felt I was capable of it, you know?’
    • ‘It's almost as if people feel the need to apologize if they don't follow some party line.’
    • ‘Probably only two seconds had gone by, but it felt like an eternity.’
    • ‘I did not get really angry at her - for some reason I felt I had to be gentle with her.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘My guys up there said it felt like an eternity,’ Marks said.’
    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’
      • ‘Was his life at the ranch so difficult he felt it necessary to leave?’
      • ‘In their first eight games, they dropped 11 points, and Aidie Moran felt changes had to be made.’
      • ‘He feels the protest has achieved what it set out to do and is hopeful the government will cut the fuel tax.’
      • ‘Everyone I contacted in my highly unscientific poll feels this election was more than a defeat.’
      • ‘Cooper also feels Ferguson's success has sparked a sharp increase in his detractors.’
      • ‘He said he felt a change of direction was needed when he took over at the pub, which had stiff competition.’
      • ‘He said he felt the incident was a form of discrimination and had left him angry and wanting an explanation.’
      • ‘My policy is to ignore readers who feel it necessary to resort to insults.’
      • ‘We felt these meetings did give people the opportunity to clarify points and make their views known.’
      • ‘But he felt the markets might lose their special appeal if they became a routine, weekly event.’
      • ‘Interviews with a number of children and their parents emphasised how successful they felt the event to be.’
      • ‘But he felt the management change would see the service finally getting back on the right track.’
      • ‘In the end, Lee felt the parties were looking to exploit his difficulties for publicity.’
      • ‘McLeish admitted it had been a tough election but felt the contest had delivered him a mandate.’
      • ‘Cumbria team manager Roger Hackney said he felt the county championship was being downgraded.’
      • ‘Calderwood felt Aberdeen's performance was decent up until the goal but degenerated thereafter.’
      • ‘He felt the business market between Edinburgh and Europe was under-served.’
      • ‘Former party official Matthew Taylor feels that conference has become ‘ritualistic and pointless’.’
      • ‘He felt the changes in lifestyle and especially in farming in recent years was a factor.’
      • ‘I felt the programme focussed a bit too much on what it was like to be a ‘man’ in 2005.’
      believe, think, consider it right, consider, fancy, be of the opinion, hold, maintain, judge, deem
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noun

  • 1An act of touching something to examine it.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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!).’
    • ‘At 11.25 I wondered if I had any spots that might need squeezing and had a feel round my face.’
    1. 1.1 The sense of touch.
      ‘he worked by feel rather than using his eyes’
      • ‘Parts of plants are generally described as ‘succulent’ if they are particularly fleshy, not woody, to the feel and noticeably watery if squashed.’
      • ‘It was fairly rough to the feel, and looked like it had been made out of crushed granite, cement, and water mixed together.’
      • ‘The best way to tell a ripe avocado is by feel.’
      • ‘Their bumpy quality comes from the raised relief so blind people can identify different bills by feel.’
      touch, sense of touch, tactile sense, tactility, feeling, feeling one's way, contact
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  • 2A sensation given by an object or material when touched.

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

    ‘fans will undoubtedly get the feels when they see how things haven't changed’
    ‘I cried a ton because I had too many 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.’
      • ‘He misses her terribly, and for the first time, he is truly feeling his age.’
      • ‘I most certainly do not feel my age but we are made to feel that we are well and truly past it.’
  • 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’
      • ‘I hope you will feel free to contact me with your ideas and questions.’
      • ‘A manager told me that the lifeguards were confused, that it was not club policy, and that I should feel free to stay.’
      • ‘I'm in New York and you can feel free to email me.’
      • ‘You can only choose one director, but feel free to discuss or criticize others' choices.’
      • ‘And if something doesn't work, then feel free to change it, or make something else that does work.’
  • feel like (doing) something

    • Be inclined to have or do.

      ‘I feel like celebrating’
      • ‘I felt like crying most of Sunday and Monday, but that's normal.’
      • ‘After dinner we felt like a drink.’
      • ‘He tried to joke, but I just did not feel like laughing.’
      • ‘We're supposed to have dance class tonight, but I don't feel like going.’
      • ‘He felt like a walk and some food.’
      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 oats

    • informal Feel lively and energetic.

      • ‘Now that you're feeling your oats and enjoying the fruits of your hard labor, not to mention that shake, we might as well let you in on a little secret: you may not be as strong as you think.’
      • ‘Both Brewer and Askew understood that the representatives of cities were feeling their oats, and that success in pushing legislative action required behind-the-scenes lobbying.’
      • ‘‘The little brats are really feeling their oats lately,’ offered Sarah.’
      • ‘There's a strong link between agricultural and political power, and the new farming players are feeling their oats.’
      • ‘I took a few breaths and whispered, ‘He's feeling his oats, Father.’’
      • ‘For one thing, (The Corsair feels his oats) there is a deep discrepancy as to how each of them perceives their ‘relationship.’’
      • ‘And I don't want them to be satisfied with coming here and, you know, feeling our oats because we won our first game.’
      • ‘Perhaps the proper term was ‘feeling her oats’ - whatever it was, she felt a lot better than she had in a long damn time.’
      • ‘Libby is feeling his oats now, but when his wife explains how they have no money coming in and tons of it going out, with no prospect of making any more money for years.’
      • ‘‘There are lots of older dancers now who are feeling their oats and looking for opportunities to perform,’ he says.’
    • informal

      see oat
  • feel the pinch

    • Experience hardship, especially financial.

      • ‘The position of the Coptic communities is becoming more insecure and they are the first to feel the pinch of hardship.’
      • ‘Farmers living in this community have felt the pinch in recent times with the dispute at the Department of Agriculture greatly affecting their livelihoods and putting them under severe pressure.’
      • ‘While it has not been directly involved in the bursting of the technology bubble, Ramsay admits the company has felt the pinch with more companies chasing the same contracts and smaller margins available on each contract.’
      • ‘The automotive industry, and the housing industry are both beginning to feel the pinch.’
      • ‘They have all felt the pinch of our economic hard times as a crushing burden they were unfamiliar with until the last two-three years.’
      • ‘Consumers, though they may have felt the pinch from tightening bank lending standards, show little signs of slowing down.’
      • ‘Both men are septuagenarians who have felt the pinch of ageism in a business that often dismisses extensive experience and talent as irrelevant.’
      • ‘Landlords and shopkeepers whose premises line the ancient square beneath Holy Trinity Church have all felt the pinch since the market disappeared, and even had to repackage the area as a tourist attraction.’
      • ‘Though obviously a different prospect to a large hotel and dependent of passing trade rather than the tour buses or large bookings, many guest houses around Kerry are also beginning to feel the pinch.’
      • ‘Over the next three years, dozens of exploration companies were forced to close and the Texas banks which supported the industry felt the pinch.’
      suffer hardship, have less money, be short of money, be poor, be impoverished, suffer poverty, suffer adversity
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  • feel the pulse of

  • feel small

  • feel one's way

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

      ‘she plunged into the darkness of the tunnel, feeling her way along the walls’
      • ‘Knowing the layout well enough to find the cups in the dark, she felt her way around.’
      • ‘Residents said the white cane he uses to feel his way around reminded them of the staff used by bishops during religious ceremonies.’
      • ‘They are climbing in virtual total darkness; they have to feel their way up, by the way of trials.’
      • ‘It was a bit tougher going than the way up, feeling his way down.’
      • ‘He placed a hand on either side of the tunnel trying to feel his way down the stairway.’
      • ‘She crawled across the hard floor, feeling her way to the other wall.’
      • ‘A mouse uses its whiskers to feel its way around.’
      • ‘I stepped towards the door, and felt my way up three steps.’
      • ‘Katie tip toed through the dark apartment, feeling her way around to make sure she didn't run into any sharp edges.’
      • ‘She pushed, desperately feeling her way along it.’
      grope, fumble, scrabble, pick, poke, explore
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      1. 1.1Act cautiously, especially in an area with which one is unfamiliar.
        ‘she was new in the job, still feeling her way’
        • ‘Its more of a guideline to feel your way into the gaming world.’
        • ‘You know, being new to the position, I still had to feel my way through.’
        • ‘At this stage in the game the housemates are still feeling their way, positioning themselves for the long haul.’
        • ‘I am part of a generation which is still feeling its way.’
        • ‘Novelists would have to feel their way towards a new literary process.’
        • ‘It will not be broken by feeling our way into the future with tenative leaders.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘Both countries were feeling their way towards the most effective policies.’
        • ‘Over recent years we have been feeling our way towards more openness.’
  • get a (or the) feel for (or of)

    • Familiarize oneself with.

      ‘you can explore to get a feel of the place’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This game allows the user to get the feel for being a corporate manager with ties to the Mob.’
      • ‘I just came down here today to take in the buzz and get the feel of the atmosphere and it was great.’
      • ‘We got a feel for their lifestyle and for what was important to them.’
  • have a feel for

    • Have a sensitive appreciation or an intuitive understanding of.

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

    • Have a noticeable effect or influence.

      ‘the economic crisis began to make itself felt’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Already global warming is beginning to make itself felt even in Bangalore.’
      • ‘But he has made his presence felt in the art world in many other ways as well.’
      • ‘The net effect is a vast area poor in resources, an effect that makes itself felt throughout the food web.’
      • ‘The effects of over-consumption make themselves felt - this is acknowledged in the conclusion, but not in the body of the argument.’
      • ‘The falling dollar, despite its recent bounce-back, has begun to make itself felt: manufacturers report a sharp rise in exports.’
      • ‘But gradually harsher realities began to make themselves felt.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘First there was the effect of the recession, which began to make itself felt around midsummer.’
      • ‘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.’
  • feel strange

    • 1(of a person or part of the body) feel unwell; have unpleasant sensations.

      ‘her head still felt strange’
      ill, unwell, poorly, indisposed, not well, not very well, not oneself, out of sorts, not up to par, below par, under par, peaky, liverish, sick, queasy, nauseous
      ill at ease, uneasy, edgy, uncomfortable, awkward, self-conscious, embarrassed
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      1. 1.1Be uncomfortable or ill at ease in a situation.
        ‘the family had expected to feel strange in Stephen's company’
        • ‘I feel strange… I have a feeling something has gone terribly wrong!’
        • ‘If we ask them to withdraw from ‘normal’ activities, they'll only feel strange and different, and alienated from us as parents.’
        • ‘Everyone's schedule is impacted by random events, but it must feel strange to be one of these folks.’
        • ‘Leon began to feel strange as he watched her sit there.’
        • ‘I feel strange stating it as a fact when it's not my own feelings that I'm talking about.’
        • ‘So you're saying you're acting funny just because you feel strange?’
        • ‘Now that report has finished I feel strange and empty.’
        • ‘She did feel strange, but she wasn't sure what it was.’
        • ‘It can make a conversation with him feel strange and disjointed.’
        • ‘As I walked home, I could not help but feel strange about what had happened.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

feel

/fēl//fil/