Definition of feeling in US English:

feeling

noun

  • 1An emotional state or reaction.

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

    with clause ‘he had the feeling that he was being watched’
    • ‘I have a vague feeling that these different kinds and genres of rants will keep coming and going as this post progresses.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As I walked down the half-busy streets to work this morning, I could sense the unnerving feeling that people had.’
    • ‘The enterprise seems foolhardy, and Stewart does not justify it beyond a vague feeling that he wants adventure.’
    • ‘I had a very strong feeling that if I moved into one particular flat my life would change dramatically.’
    • ‘I had a very strong feeling that there was someone or something in the cave with me.’
    • ‘At first after my trip to Vietnam, I really did have a real strong feeling that he would answer.’
    • ‘Being right then is not a matter of having some recognizable state of mind, a sense or feeling of certainty.’
    • ‘The search for new ideas stems from a feeling that things are running out of control.’
    • ‘Throughout, there is a feeling that ideas are floating about in the same way that the characters do.’
    • ‘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 have a feeling that in his opinion this ought to be done by the industry's representatives because they know the facts.’
    • ‘You may have experienced that uncanny feeling of impending success.’
    suspicion, sneaking suspicion, notion, inkling, hunch, fancy, apprehension, presentiment, premonition, foreboding
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    1. 2.1 An opinion, typically one shared by several people.
      ‘a feeling grew that justice had not been done’
      • ‘That's the trouble with feelings - they are irrational and highly personal.’
      • ‘There is then this strong feeling that if one is not actively involved in corruption, one is not corrupt.’
      • ‘It illustrates how our society is unravelling, through the substitution of irrational feelings for demonstrable facts.’
      • ‘It is a state of mind, a feeling, an attitude that can be worn like a shamrock on a lapel.’
      • ‘I didn't have a real strong feeling about anything until I started playing music.’
      • ‘I won't reveal to you my feelings about such an idea (although I'm sure you can imagine).’
      • ‘I want you to listen what he said, what his sense, what his feeling is right now.’
      • ‘There's a strong general feeling among our members that consumers are not receptive to milk from cloned cows.’
      • ‘When you are fifty, you constantly have this strong feeling that you are wasting your time.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They show a high respect for the feelings and beliefs of others.’
      • ‘Then, although he belongs to his society, he changes it, presenting it with fresh feelings, fresh ideas.’
      • ‘He saw more clearly than any of these other guys how strong that feeling was.’
      • ‘The same feeling had been experienced by Russian intellectuals in 1917.’
      • ‘Far from being merely functional, it engages with the ideas and feelings of the people who see it around the world.’
      • ‘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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  • 3The capacity to experience the sense of touch.

    ‘a loss of feeling in the hands’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    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 water against your skin’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Besides the comfortable feeling of water running down the throat, water plays a vital role in the human body.’
      • ‘Remember how it feels on deck because you want the same feeling in the water.’
      • ‘A young child paddles in the sea for the first time, fascinated by the pleasant feeling of the water.’
      • ‘The effect of this long anticipated encounter reminded her of that light, numb feeling often experienced in dreams.’
      • ‘It's about communicating as we normally communicate with voice and sight and touch and feeling.’
      • ‘The churning feeling of pain gurgled up through his body as he tried to sit up.’
      • ‘The cold feeling of slowly moving water slid over her, until there was only darkness.’
      • ‘By tactile sensation, I mean that feeling that you get that lets you know where your arms are with your eyes closed.’
      • ‘I had a vague feeling of movement and then pain crashed through me as I hit something really hard.’
      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.

    ‘he seems to have little feeling for art’
    • ‘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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adjective

  • Showing emotion or sensitivity.

    ‘he had a warm and feeling heart’
    sensitive, warm, warm-hearted, tender, tender-hearted, caring, soft-hearted, sympathetic, compassionate, understanding, empathetic, responsive, receptive, intuitive, thoughtful
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Pronunciation

feeling

/ˈfēliNG//ˈfilɪŋ/