Definition of mind in English:



  • 1The element of a person that enables them to be aware of the world and their experiences, to think, and to feel; the faculty of consciousness and thought.

    ‘as the thoughts ran through his mind, he came to a conclusion’
    ‘people have the price they are prepared to pay settled in their minds’
    • ‘For example, the agency instituting repression must be derived from the ego, the conscious part of the mind.’
    • ‘The more people learn such skills, they more they develop an infrastructure for creativity in their own minds and in interpersonal and group relations.’
    • ‘In her view, the mind is autonomous - we are agents in our thinking and determine our own thoughts.’
    • ‘A question often on the minds of Cognitive Neuroscientists these days concerns the relation between perception and action.’
    • ‘But does the apparent fact that they don't mind settle the question in your mind?’
    • ‘The product of aeons of evolution has enabled our minds to model the world around us based on the information gathered by our senses.’
    • ‘What we can do is flow with them and see what happens in our bodies and minds… but be aware that by the time you sense it you've already transformed it into something else.’
    • ‘All consciousness and intentionality is in the minds of individuals.’
    • ‘However, I believe nightmares are a gift of our subconscious to our conscious minds.’
    • ‘My mind, your mind, and the minds of every other conscious being are particular, limited manifestations of this universal mind.’
    • ‘Live bodies have minds, and minds affect physiology.’
    • ‘We tend to suppose that our conscious mind is in control most of the time.’
    • ‘All consciousness is in individual minds, in individual brains.’
    • ‘Our experience of how human minds work provides an analogy to how a primeval, creator mind probably worked.’
    • ‘Cartesian dualism is, of course, traditionally associated with the view that animals lack minds.’
    • ‘I had no idea of the thoughts running through his mind or the feelings building up in him.’
    • ‘He said it might be that the mind or consciousness is independent of the brain.’
    • ‘This municipal resistance movement heralds a new growing consciousness in the minds of many Americans.’
    • ‘Dreams are highly personal communications between the subconscious and the conscious minds.’
    • ‘If they are right, postulated processes that do not bear this relation to our experiential lives cannot be going on in our minds.’
    sanity, mental balance, mental faculties, senses, wits, reason, reasoning, judgement, rationality
    brain, intelligence, intellect, intellectual capabilities, mental capacity, brains, brainpower, wits, wit, powers of reasoning, powers of comprehension, powers of thought, understanding, reasoning, judgement, sense, mentality, perception
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    1. 1.1A person's mental processes contrasted with physical action.
      ‘I wrote a letter in my mind’
      • ‘She took a few moments to find the normal connections between her mind and her physical body.’
      • ‘She fought her mind and was determined that her husband was a good and caring man.’
      • ‘After all, it is common knowledge that what goes on in the mind can have physical consequences.’
      • ‘There ensued a process that in my mind took the form of picking teams for netball.’
      • ‘I had a conversation in my mind.’
  • 2A person's intellect.

    ‘his keen mind’
    • ‘However, you will be expected to use your mind and exercise your sense of humour.’
    • ‘For those with good eyesight and for all with keen minds as well as palates, Biro's story is inspirational and his recipes complex and interesting.’
    • ‘His aides speak in hushed tones about his ferocious mind, acute attention to detail and a gimlet eye for a deal.’
    • ‘All that you need is a curious mind, and the ability to absorb various kinds of trivia.’
    • ‘An analytical mind and the ability to get on with people is essential.’
    • ‘With an analytical mind and a photographic memory for names and dates, Brian Lane was a First Class detective.’
    • ‘These moves were designed to help us use our minds to overcome the physical pain of impending childbirth, and created a sense of accomplishment at the end of class.’
    • ‘Staff and faculty, books and projects are all helping us to master our intellects and expand our minds.’
    • ‘The mind or intellect seems to be enfeebled by sentiment as your head and heart tug you in different directions.’
    • ‘Bob has a keen mind and a wicked sense of humour so add it to your must-view list.’
    • ‘The Virgo-Virgos have keen intelligence and fine minds.’
    • ‘Like all people given to the life of the mind, Kant was in need of the discipline that he imposed on himself.’
    • ‘The mainstays of the children's bedrooms up and down the country were on display too: teddy bears in their hundreds, dolls in elaborate boxes and puzzles designed to stretch young minds.’
    • ‘We should apply our minds and reason rather than play with passion.’
    brain, intelligence, intellect, intellectual capabilities, mental capacity, brains, brainpower, wits, wit, powers of reasoning, powers of comprehension, powers of thought, understanding, reasoning, judgement, sense, mentality, perception
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    1. 2.1A person's memory.
      ‘the company's name slips my mind’
      • ‘A few nights ago, just as I was going to bed, it popped into my mind for no apparent reason.’
      • ‘And eerie images linger in the minds and memories, making picture editing a challenging task.’
      • ‘It stayed in my mind like his memory stayed in the minds of his family.’
      • ‘Some fans have spoken in rather distressing language about incidents of crushing that conjured up, in their own minds, memories of Hillsborough.’
      • ‘America, the case goes, has a duty to do this, and now, with September 11 still a hideous memory in many minds, is the moment when it can be done.’
      • ‘All that the individual members have been asked to do is to cast their minds back to the reasons that actually motivated them to vote for the grant of planning permission.’
      • ‘The vividness of both names made it easy for them to be inscribed in locals' minds and memories.’
      • ‘Sadly, that memory rankles in my mind and dulls somewhat the great effort from Andy Bichel.’
      • ‘A very old memory flashed through my mind when, as a young boy, I was talking to an uncle just back from the war.’
      • ‘Memories raced through his mind, thoughts of the joy Isaac had brought to his life.’
      • ‘Driving through the town in the early morning so many thoughts and memories raced through my mind.’
      • ‘Cast your minds back, like mental fly fishers, to Monday and you might recall our report on a new book that listed the 100 most offensive UK place names.’
      • ‘Somewhere probably in the deepest recess of our minds is a memory we would rather forget, of a present we purchased that left us with egg on our face.’
      • ‘I probably would have hoped that famine was soon to become a fading memory in the minds of elderly people.’
      • ‘Before leaving, take a second look to engrave in your mind and heart the memories of this tranquil place.’
      • ‘How many films are retained in our minds as simply a memory of having seen them, of a reaction to them and perhaps a generalised sense of atmosphere, an emotional or aesthetic texture?’
      • ‘The eve of St. Patrick's Day 2004 will not leave the minds, hearts and memories of so many people especially her family and her close school friends.’
      • ‘That line had come into your mind for no apparent reason and then you had the answer.’
      • ‘Nila is just a ghost of her past now; no more than a painful memory in the minds of many who have always turned to her for solace.’
      • ‘Yet somehow at the back of our minds will be the memory of not only the lost years but of the men who were lost with them.’
      memory, recollection, powers of recall
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    2. 2.2A person identified with their intellectual faculties.
      ‘he was one of the greatest minds of his time’
      • ‘This loss of sharp and influential minds has left the physical and social sciences in a poorer state than they need be.’
      • ‘We need keen intellects and educated minds to weigh decisions that could mean life or death to millions and dictate the unforeseeable future.’
      • ‘They're not exactly the brightest minds in the ‘intelligence’ biz, are they?’
      • ‘When he launched into a diatribe about the influence of romance books on impressionable minds, one female member of the audience had had enough.’
      • ‘These are a few of the big ideas being vigorously researched and heatedly discussed by some of the brightest minds in academe.’
      • ‘The idea is to move the brightest minds in academia temporarily into these ‘lablets’ and focus on long-term projects.’
      • ‘It's safe to imagine that optimistic minds at Sun are hoping for an even larger share of the x86 market than their partner estimates indicate.’
      • ‘Such an environment, Laflamme said, will attract leading minds in theoretical physics.’
      • ‘Parents and teachers can play a vital role in bringing a social consciousness to young minds.’
      • ‘I'd love to get the bright minds of the game together for a symposium to identify parts of the rulebook we can do without.’
      • ‘I'll leave that to the great intellectual minds to figure out.’
      • ‘The idea of life long learning has always attracted the attention of outstanding minds.’
      • ‘On July 1, 2003, the faculty at the University of Waterloo will be joined by one of Canada's leading academics and brightest minds.’
      • ‘Suspicious minds can wonder if that was the strategic intent.’
      • ‘The creative minds behind building designs across York and North Yorkshire were celebrating today after scooping an armful of gongs for architectural excellence.’
      • ‘It's not confined to the books concentrating on improving young minds, bodies and spirits which are disappearing off the shelves.’
      • ‘Child-Ich aims to focus young minds on achieving goals and developing more positive mental attitudes.’
      • ‘The roar of the waves stirred many an emotion in the young minds and that childhood romance with the ocean led to the birth of some adventurism in them.’
      • ‘Taken together, these two benefits will enable millions of minds to work together far more effectively than ever before.’
      • ‘In the competition for the minds that produce intellectual capital, they are at a distinct disadvantage.’
      intellect, thinker, brain, scholar, academic, intellectual, sage
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  • 3A person's attention.

    ‘I expect my employees to keep their minds on the job’
    • ‘It is Labour MPs from deprived constituencies, their minds now concentrated by reduced majorities, who will lead the charge.’
    • ‘Downing Street hopes it will concentrate minds among the rebels, to instil in them the reality that inflicting defeat now would mean the end of Blair, not just this policy.’
    • ‘Far from allowing alcohol on the wards, doctors are finding a four-legged friend expert at taking patients' minds off their aches and pains.’
    • ‘That gloomy thought ought to concentrate minds in western capitals.’
    • ‘I tried to take my mind off the discomfort and occasional pain I was feeling.’
    • ‘Now, Labour is sorely divided too, but success and power tend to concentrate minds, at least for a while.’
    • ‘What concentrates the mind wonderfully is the knowledge that you must have it and you can't afford it.’
    • ‘As boss of these papers, such parlous statistics should be concentrating his mind wonderfully.’
    • ‘It took heavyweights with an alternative on offer to take people's minds off Hegel, and then the effect was only partial, local, and temporary.’
    • ‘Being fully engrossed in the creative process keeps the mind in the present moment.’
    • ‘Victor now turns his mind to the mysterious processes of decay and degeneration in animal tissue.’
    • ‘She pushed it from her mind and focused her attention back on what Giriad was saying.’
    • ‘But yesterday belonged to the players who showed true professionalism to keep their minds focussed during the off-field turmoil.’
    • ‘Reappearing behind the girl he focused his mind, determined to lift her up into the air.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, ‘hygiene audits’ designed to focus the minds of staff on the procedures they should be following are a welcome step in the right direction.’
    • ‘It was emblazoned on the front cover of a Vogue magazine that a thoughtful friend had brought to take her mind off the pain.’
    • ‘She banished it from her mind and turned her attention on the man speaking to her.’
    • ‘Knowing there are no second chances concentrates the mind wonderfully.’
    • ‘An atmosphere of frenzied but good-natured co-operation prevails; with so much to get through, our minds are concentrated wonderfully.’
    • ‘We have to turn our minds and attention to the serious challenge about what to do about social conditions.’
    attention, thoughts, concentration, thinking, attentiveness
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    1. 3.1The will or determination to achieve something.
      ‘anyone can lose weight if they set their mind to it’
      • ‘He set his mind on achieving black belt status in karate and he did just that in the months and years that were to follow.’
      • ‘It's a tall order but Jansen believes his team-mates can achieve their goal if they put their minds to it.’
      • ‘It seems Oxford students really can achieve great things when they put their minds to it.’
      inclination, desire, wish, urge, notion, fancy, disposition, intention, intent, will, aim, purpose, design
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  • 1[often with negative] Be distressed, annoyed, or worried by.

    ‘I don't mind the rain’
    • ‘I was feeling quite pleased with myself for being in the right place at the right time and for not minding getting dirty.’
    • ‘I don't mind when it rains but I hate that thin film drizzle that seems only to be in the air but manages to soak you in next to no time.’
    • ‘Of course, I like to watch films with people who don't mind my evil cackles at inappropriate moments.’
    • ‘Bingol Boswell never minded taking a pratfall if it could inspire a laugh, or better yet a scrap of wit, however offensive, for him to snap up and record in his entertaining, indiscreet journal.’
    • ‘She was covered in two jackets as I held her hand not even minding the drops of rain on my shoulders.’
    • ‘If anything, the most touching relationship exists between Depp and Highmore - and herein might lie an answer as to whether Barrie minded being remembered only for Peter Pan.’
    • ‘I didn't care I kept yelling and screaming, never minding the pain of my ankle.’
    • ‘The golden lab bounds over, not minding the rain against his water repellant coat, and gladly enters Frank's tent.’
    • ‘I'm a gambler per se, one who enjoys winning much more than he minds losing.’
    • ‘‘You have to stop minding being teased,’ I said, ‘and no one will tease you.’’
    • ‘Finally I ask him if he minds his nickname - ‘Moonbat’?’
    • ‘Not that he minded her being so worried, it was actually very sweet of her, but it was unhealthy to worry so much.’
    • ‘As for the weather, you don't mind if it stays raining all day but we were putting the rain gear on and taking it off all the time.’
    • ‘Mayo never minded playing Galway in Pearse Stadium in Salthill.’
    • ‘At various points the scratches were so numerous that it appeared to be raining during several scenes, never minding the fact that they might have been indoor scenes.’
    • ‘It was a lovely damp grey Cornish morning, lovely if you don't mind rain, which I don't.’
    • ‘I can speak for all A&R people when I say, nobody minds getting an email, but people can be obnoxious - emailing everyday, and such.’
    • ‘Perhaps he minds being constantly seen as Mr Nice Guy?’
    • ‘‘You know, I never really minded losing to England,’ Wood's friend had said, ‘so long as we gave you a good kicking.’’
    • ‘It was raining, something that Matt had never minded because, hell, it was a free car wash, and for a boy who had to save money to go to college, three bucks saved on a car wash helped.’
    1. 1.1Have an objection to.
      ‘what does that mean, if you don't mind my asking?’
      [with clause] ‘do you mind if I have a cigarette?’
      • ‘If you don't mind, you can stay and watch, bring a book or something in case you get bored.’
      • ‘So true Hindus should not mind if some such local rituals are not observed everywhere else.’
      • ‘If the people I am visiting really care about my family's health then they do not mind this one small favour.’
      • ‘She hadn't said anything to make him think that she minded him being there, but he was quietly concerned as to what she thought his reasons were.’
      • ‘They asked me several times if I minded, but I told them I really did not care at all.’
      • ‘I do indeed care that he's pro-Europe, although I mind more about his position in BAT.’
      • ‘She didn't mind, she just watched him and hoped that he'd come and say something to her.’
      • ‘At present, even though 70% of the population tell opinion polls they would not mind their organs being transplanted, only about 20% either carry cards or are registered on the organ donor database, according to BMA statistics.’
      • ‘I wondered if he minded me reading them, and decided I didn't care.’
      • ‘She was always getting stuck watching them, not that she minded much, but it seemed like it consumed her life.’
      • ‘The twists and turns of a complicated plot allow the Coens to have enormous fun with the high-flying LA scene, and no one minds very much if the proceedings are at times yards over the top.’
      • ‘She didn't care who saw, and no one minded anyway.’
      • ‘Not minding being the occasional butt of their jokes, I went along with their ribbing, and during social gatherings would adopt a typical Meldrew pose, throw in an ‘I don't believe it’ and carry on at length about some trivial irritation.’
      • ‘Hoeven said he would not mind Canadian observers observing the water-testing process and checking the data, although he said he opposed allowing Canadian officials to set up their own monitoring stations in North Dakota.’
      • ‘And I wouldn't have minded doing a ‘thesis defense’ of my book in front of a bunch of people if, at least, it had been done in a friendly or collegial atmosphere.’
      • ‘I didn't really mind cause I got to watch all the people running around getting ready for the show.’
      • ‘At one point Burge asked if Patrick minded being put on hold while he made dinner reservations for his son's 30th birthday celebration.’
      • ‘Snaith suggested there was a clear difference between comedians - many of whom would not mind their blunders going on public view - and actors.’
      care, object, be annoyed, be bothered, be troubled, be upset, be offended, take offence, be affronted, be resentful, disapprove, resent it, dislike it, look askance
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    2. 1.2[with negative or in questions]Be reluctant to do something (often used in polite requests)
      ‘I don't mind admitting I was worried’
      • ‘Don Brash wouldn't have minded paying the dry cleaning bill to get the mud out of his suit, because that particular assault just gave him public sympathy towards his message.’
      • ‘One would not mind eating bugs if the camera was on us.’
      • ‘Tumhari Amrita is a play every socialite, theatre goer, artiste never minds watching again.’
      • ‘No one minds paying to park but if you are working here in the town, you have no place to park in the morning.’
      • ‘You must not have minded doing the second part of that scene for real.’
      • ‘If the fans want interleague play, I think it would be interesting and would not mind playing games against the other league.’
      • ‘I have never minded accepting justified criticism, but I cannot accept it when people cannot even be bothered to get their facts straight before putting pen to paper.’
      • ‘This scenario constitutes an excellent example of the reason I've not minded scaling back the hardware aspect of my consulting business.’
      • ‘The text asking me if I minded putting back the start time by an hour to allow for an ‘eyebrow shaping’ to be completed was, I think, the point when I saw the shape of things to come.’
      • ‘It takes a lot to rattle Ms Garrett, but she doesn't mind admitting she's worried.’
      • ‘We are the poor relations in the county, and yet are still asked to pay more by way of council tax rises; nobody minds paying, providing the goods are delivered.’
      • ‘I would not have minded explaining what the WTO stands for and giving intelligent critiques of the problems associated with some of the policies of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.’
      • ‘Not that Alliance Trust, the venerable investment trust company, minds keeping its head below the parapet.’
      • ‘No one minds throwing these items away once the seams start to fray, but what if you're buying the real deal?’
      • ‘What I don't accept is that players are over-worked nowadays, I would not have minded playing every Saturday and Wednesday on the good quality pitches they have nowadays.’
      • ‘I don't think people minded deleting a lot of e-mails.’
      • ‘Nobody minds putting in the time when the time is justified but there are too many days when it comes to 7pm, the caretaker has gone and you still end up taking work home.’
      • ‘Our dog never minds going for his boosters there.’
      flinch, demur, recoil, hang back
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    3. 1.3informal Used to express one's strong enthusiasm for something.
      ‘I wouldn't mind some coaching from him!’
      • ‘Interesting reading; I enjoyed Bryan Singer and Tom DeSanto's approach very much, but I wouldn't have minded seeing Chabon's script too.’
      • ‘I would not mind a fling in the wilderness with said co-worker.’
      • ‘Already a veteran of the so-called ‘Juvenile Jinx’ - no Juvenile winner has gone on to win the Kentucky Derby - Byrne would not mind another crack at it.’
      • ‘I wonder whether the Hon Peter Dunne was right in his interpretation of Standing Orders, and I would not mind some guidance on it.’
      • ‘‘Well, maybe I would not mind a day off,’ she said, leaning toward the ringleader, putting her free hand gently on the arm that held her captive.’
      • ‘In the meantime, however, he would not mind a little help from his team-mates.’
      • ‘Yet, I am guessing that you would not mind changing clothes or taking a shower.’
      • ‘Although she loved Nick with all her heart, she certainly would not mind a little flirtation with this captain!’
      • ‘The current generation would not mind the chance to use a little bit of them, and in that respect I want to pay a passing tribute to the Karori Wildlife Sanctuary here in Wellington, which is striking that balance properly.’
      • ‘Despite a range of food experts claiming that the new product is nothing more than a gimmick, most said they would not mind a spoonful or two.’
      • ‘I'm sure our people would not mind a few million dollars spent on tracking down and liquidating these outstanding professionals.’
      • ‘Moreover, the benevolent Rama would not mind a temple in the adjacent street in Ayodhya instead of the disputed spot, would he?’
      • ‘While I suspect this may be either fictitious or lost in translation, I wouldn't have minded adopting that custom this morning - although it's by no means really cold.’
      • ‘Executives of Namport could not be reached for comment on the project as they are in Europe, but a senior manager of the ports authority said that Namport would not mind a private port on the Walvis Bay coastline.’
  • 2Regard as important; feel concern about.

    ‘never mind the opinion polls’
    [no object] ‘why should she mind about a few snubs from people she didn't care for?’
    • ‘Peeled garlic is popular with restaurants and consumers too lazy to shuck the small cloves of garlic - and they don't seem to mind the canned flavor.’
    • ‘We work hard and don't mind the long hours.’
    • ‘If you're friends, why do you mind the possibility of her dating Seth so much?’
    • ‘If anyone else said the kind of things he said, they would have been regarded as arrogant, but you didn't mind it from him.’
    • ‘He hates the 30 pages of documentation he has to keep to abide by the state regulations, but he doesn't mind the manure injection itself.’
    1. 2.1dated [with clausein imperative]Used to urge someone to remember or take care to bring about something.
      ‘mind you look after the children’
      • ‘Mind you look where she ended up!’
      • ‘Another hot day is on the way, mind you, it's doing wonders for my fruit garden, anyone want to come round and see my mango's?’
      • ‘Now mind you, that's good for the American economy and for that matter good for the world economy.’
      • ‘I am absolutely knackered, and I suppose I should write this; mind you it's quarter to ten!’
      • ‘And mind you lock your door.’
      be/make sure, be sure that, make sure that, take care that
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    2. 2.2[no object]Used to introduce a qualification to a previous statement.
      ‘we've got some decorations up—not a lot, mind you’
      • ‘Only Alice and Dubey, mind you, are admitted to the inner circle, not the others.’
      • ‘I decided to take Rock out, and put some toys, quiet toys mind you, on the floor for him.’
      • ‘Not, mind you, that Ken and Paul can reasonably be expected to do it all over the seventy minutes.’
      • ‘I didn't want to eat any of them, mind you, I just wanted to gobble up the display with my eyes.’
      • ‘The same, mind you, was said of the national side when they beat Holland at Hampden, and we know what happened after that.’
      • ‘Not his thing, mind you, but he thinks it's time to reconsider the marijuana laws just the same.’
      • ‘Not just cute samples, mind you, but a thorough fusion of hip hop technique and Havana tradition.’
      • ‘That's not to say I won't forgive a lacking in one where the other is outstanding, mind you.’
      • ‘Not in a lot of detail, mind you, because it was just like every other year we spend here.’
      • ‘She certainly doesn't seem overly concerned about it, mind you, even if most of her friends are hooked up.’
      • ‘Nothing strenuous, mind you, but he is expected to pick up the opposition defenders when they come forward.’
      • ‘Not that it bears any resemblance to the original television series, mind you.’
      • ‘Not that Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl is a one star movie, mind you.’
      • ‘Nothing that's very exciting, mind you, but I think you've come to expect that.’
      • ‘Not because I'm a purist, mind you, but because it's beginning to seem really tired.’
      • ‘It's not a gift to you, mind you, but rather a gift to those who will be there to tell you what to do.’
      • ‘The ocean also has its secrets which it is rapidly giving up, mind you, thanks to the ingenuity of the human race.’
      • ‘Not that all of us corgis get along like strawberries and cream, mind you.’
      • ‘Not, mind you, that this duo are the only ones we will have to worry about.’
      • ‘The Radiator represents suicide, not death mind you, but the actual act of suicide.’
    3. 2.3informal [no object]Used to make a command more insistent or to draw attention to a statement.
      ‘be early to bed tonight, mind’
      • ‘You best be nice to her, mind, or you'll be having me to deal with!’
    4. 2.4North American, Irish Be obedient to.
      ‘you think about how much Cal does for you, and you mind her, you hear?’
      • ‘You need to mind me because I love you and know what is best for you.’
      • ‘‘When your mother returns,’ he said, ‘make sure that you mind her better’.’
      pay attention to, take heed of, heed, pay heed to, attend to, take note of, take notice of, be heedful of, note, mark, concentrate on, listen to, observe, have regard for, respect, be mindful of
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    5. 2.5Scottish Remember.
      ‘I mind the time when he lost his false teeth’
      • ‘Do you mind the time you dyed your hair?"’
      • ‘'I mind the time,' said the first speaker, 'when she would have done the same, and made rare fun of it afterwards.'’
      recall, call to mind, recollect, think of
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  • 3Take care of temporarily.

    ‘we left our husbands to mind the children while we went out’
    • ‘It was for a very long time the only new female occupation that did not represent an extension of women's traditional work - taking care of children, tending the sick, or minding the home.’
    • ‘In other words, the husband stays home to mind the kids while his wife earns the bacon.’
    • ‘Honestly, he's so kind and if you got held up on your way to pick up the kids he would take special care to mind them till you got there.’
    • ‘He motioned for his apprentice to mind the front as he disappeared into the back.’
    • ‘This allegation concerned a child who had been minded by Mrs LM.’
    • ‘The member on duty minds a ‘kit’, which includes oxygen, a defibrillator for heart-attack victims, bandages, radio and pager for callouts.’
    • ‘Director of photography Richard Lannaman minds the camera, leaving Danielle free to direct, though she takes full charge of the smaller and pick-up shoots.’
    • ‘One thing is recommended is to leave the husband at home to mind the children!’
    • ‘The old rooks are left behind to watch the young and mind the house during the day.’
    • ‘Charlie, for example, might have alerted a source that the letter existed to show that he was on the ball with regard to minding our money.’
    • ‘‘Within 13 weeks of starting training, and while I was still a rookie warder, I was the sole guard minding Huntley,’ he wrote.’
    • ‘Seamus stayed at home to mind his mother and also to take care of the land.’
    look after, take care of, keep an eye on, attend to, care for, tend, watch, have charge of, take charge of, guard, protect
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    1. 3.1[in imperative]Used to warn someone to avoid injury or damage from a hazard.
      ‘mind your head on that cupboard!’
      • ‘The tape warned me to mind my head, as during these times people had been smaller.’
      • ‘Just mind out, there's an ants' nest there, just move over.’
      take care, be careful, watch out, look out, beware, be on one's guard, be wary, be watchful, keep one's eyes open, be cautious
      be careful of, watch out for, look out for, beware of, take care with, be on one's guard for, be cautious of, be wary of, be watchful of, keep one's eyes open for
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    2. 3.2[in imperative]Be careful about the quality or nature of.
      ‘mind your manners!’
      • ‘This time Jedidah took care to eat slowly and neatly this time and minded her posture.’
      • ‘But once again I minded my manners and just shrugged and left.’
      • ‘Genevieve had promised McDonalds if he was on his best behavior and minded his manners.’
      • ‘I got up from my seat and ran toward the door, not even minding my manners.’
      • ‘In the absence of a creed, he cannot qualify as a heretic, but he can be found guilty of not minding his manners about the church's values.’
      • ‘Every parent experiences that moment when their children, instead of minding their manners, appear to have misplaced them.’
      • ‘In fact, they'd even had several discussions with her about being civil and minding her manners.’
      • ‘Bringing a set of darts to an interview could be viewed as a warning to lairy journalists to mind their manners, but not with Meadows.’
      • ‘However, I minded my manners and offered her a drink.’
      • ‘Divers have spent the past three months with the sharks, teaching them to mind their manners.’
      • ‘He had been so preoccupied with observing each of the players, minding his actions, and most importantly playing the cards, that he had no idea that it was already seven o'clock in the evening.’
      • ‘Then at the restaurant one has to mind one's manners, no slurping, grunting, farting or burping.’
      • ‘I have no social plans for this weekend, I'm eating more simply, I got lots of sleep last night and so that just leaves minding my manners and everything should go swimmingly.’
      • ‘He would have been swiftly told to mind his manners had he tried to.’
      • ‘Well, I think you would probably look better when you keep your mouth shut and mind your manners.’
      • ‘Now, you mind your manners young man, or there'll be no meatloaf leftovers for supper.’
      • ‘Most importantly, mind the language that you choose to use when speaking with others.’
  • 4formal [with infinitive] Be inclined or disposed to do a particular thing.

    ‘he was minded to reject the application’
    ‘the Board was given leave to object if it was so minded’
    • ‘Harrogate planners at a subsequent meeting determined that they were minded to reject the plan anyway.’
    • ‘I'm not particularly minded to watch whales myself, but I suppose it beats working for a living.’
    • ‘He was entertaining, too, if he was so minded.’


  • be of two minds

    • Be unable to decide between alternatives.

      • ‘After the tsunami, they were in two minds about the trip, but finally decided to not only undertake the journey but also make common cause with the victims.’
      • ‘The government clearly seems to be of two minds about how quickly it wants to move and how much it wants to move.’
      • ‘Since being asked to join the new government last week, Tzeng has been of two minds whether to take accept Chen's offer or stay at the university.’
      • ‘I was in two minds whether to write this blog or not.’
      • ‘Ever since then, Republicans have been of two minds about how to respond.’
      • ‘He also studied law at the Bar and was in two minds whether to practice or not when he was promoted to the position of assistant principal after qualifying.’
      • ‘I was in two minds whether to go banging on doors to ask people why they were opposed to the location.’
      • ‘Of course, the president has always appeared to be of two minds about reading.’
      • ‘When I was at York School of Art, I was in two minds about whether to go into graphics or theatre design.’
      • ‘I was in two minds about whether I should go or not.’
      be undecided, be uncertain, be unsure, be hesitant, be ambivalent, hesitate, waver, vacillate, dither, be on the horns of a dilemma
      haver, hum and haw
      dilly-dally, shilly-shally, blow hot and cold
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  • be of one (or a different) mind

    • Share the same (or hold a different) opinion.

      • ‘I don't think we have to be of one mind to be of one faith.’
      • ‘The scientific community really is of one mind that evolution took place, that we are descended with modifications from earlier organisms and so is everything else on this planet.’
      • ‘Yoroku, however, was of a different mind and opposed the idea.’
      • ‘Why should people in the Maori community all be of one mind?’
      • ‘It is great to stand up in Parliament and note that everyone is of one mind on this bill, and it will be passed rapidly.’
      • ‘In such a polarized atmosphere, I cannot imagine how long or how difficult it would be to get the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to be of one mind about the film.’
      • ‘There is no reason why Catholics must be of one mind on all matters of public policy.’
      • ‘He believed that they were of one mind when it came to dealing forthrightly with the news media.’
      • ‘The Cabinet must be of one mind, and it could be of one mind only when all the members come through the Prime Minister and look up to him and not to the House for their sanction.’
      • ‘We may not be of one mind on several issues, but we share one faith, one baptism, one Lord and Savior of us all.’
  • bear (or keep) in mind

    • Remember and take into account.

      [with clause] ‘you need to bear in mind that the figures vary from place to place’
      • ‘Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.’
      • ‘Keep in mind that rates for personal jewelry insurance may vary according to your state or country.’
      take into account, be mindful, remember, consider, mind, mark, heed, take into consideration, not forget
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  • close one's mind to

    • Refuse to consider or acknowledge.

      • ‘It s too easy to close your mind to the day the payments will start.’
      • ‘He closed his mind to the dreams, rejected them, pushed them out of memory with all his strength, yet still they plagued him, laughing at his efforts to outrun them.’
      • ‘If I close my mind to such valuable guidance simply because I have a resentment against organized religion, then I am guilty of close-mindedness and arrogance, both dangerous attitudes along the way.’
      • ‘If we were to succeed, no one could suspect that I was up to something, and I had to close my mind to Raoul at all costs.’
      • ‘I don't think you should ever close your mind to what people can offer.’
      • ‘What this means is that he has chosen to ignore or shut his mind to information which should have led him to believe (not merely suspect) that the allegation is false.’
      • ‘Margaret admitted to being sick with nerves throughout Sunday and tried to close her mind to the speculation around her.’
      • ‘Maybe this closes their mind to other forms of violence.’
      • ‘Perhaps my scepticism closes my mind to the possibility of ghosts and that's why I am among the 20 per cent of the population who cannot use divining rods.’
      • ‘I shut my mind to the terrible sights all around me.’
      disregard, pay no heed to, take no account of, close one's mind to, turn a deaf ear to, discount, ignore, ride roughshod over, trample on
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  • come (or spring) to mind

    • (of a thought or idea) occur to someone.

      • ‘The Thai fish cakes are an example that springs to mind.’
      • ‘There isn't any music that springs to mind when I think of it.’
      • ‘Carry a notebook so you can jot down ideas that spring to mind.’
      • ‘Mind you, the thought does spring to mind that perhaps they should not have been paid this increase if they did not sign up to the full deal.’
      • ‘These days, whenever we think of an archeologist, that whip-cracking adventurer Indiana Jones springs to mind.’
      • ‘In fact, new ideas come to mind so fast that I have to write them down in order not to forget them.’
      • ‘The idea of a fundraising walk sprang to mind readily and the friends set about canvassing family and friends for sponsorship.’
      • ‘It's where I find ideas coming to mind in an uncluttered, unhurried way, without pressure or contrivance.’
      • ‘If you were to have an idea to base a cafe around one particular foodstuff, then eggs probably wouldn't be the first thing in the fridge that springs to mind.’
      • ‘But as I thought, an even more wicked idea sprang to mind.’
      occur to one, come to one, come to mind, spring to mind, enter one's head, enter one's mind, strike one, hit one, dawn on one, come into one's consciousness, suggest itself
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  • don't mind if i do

    • informal Used to accept an invitation.

      • ‘‘Thank you, don't mind if I do,’ and Francis took a seat in one of the two chairs in front of Henry's desk.’
      • ‘Patrice handed them to me in a bag with ‘Uncork New York!’ written loudly across its belly, and you know, I don't mind if I do.’
      • ‘‘In that case, don't mind if I do,’ and the blonde dived towards Sato.’
      • ‘Suddenly a grenade landed next to him, ‘Oh, don't mind if I do.’’
  • give someone a piece of one's mind

    • Tell someone what one thinks of them, especially in anger.

      • ‘Josh, however, wasn't finished giving me a piece of his mind.’
      • ‘They should be very lucky I've worked tech support before because I am so ready to give them a piece of my mind.’
      • ‘I've often felt like marching into various offices and singling out the culprits and giving them a piece of my mind.’
      • ‘That Lila, always giving me a piece of her mind.’
      • ‘I have wanted to climb out of my car numerous times and give them a piece of my mind.’
      • ‘But after they criticised Natalie's performance her sister decided to give them a piece of her mind.’
      • ‘I rang her up, gave her a piece of my mind and we haven't spoken since.’
      • ‘He got all the young apprentices in his office and gave us a piece of his mind!’
      • ‘And as if that wasn't enough, the house the other side of us was broken into by kids and Karen apprehended one of them in our garden and gave him a piece of her mind.’
      • ‘Marissa, broken by the death of her mother, sits silently with her pet dog, clutching her recorder, while a passer-by pauses to give her a piece of his mind.’
      reprimand, rebuke, scold, reprove, reproach, chastise, castigate, upbraid, berate, read someone the riot act, haul over the coals
      tell off, bawl out, blow up, give someone hell, give someone a talking-to, dress down, give someone a telling-off, give someone a dressing-down, give someone an earful, give someone a roasting, give someone a rocket, give someone a rollicking, give someone a row
      tick off, carpet, monster, give someone a mouthful
      chew out
      chew someone's ass
      reprimand, rebuke, scold, admonish, reprove, upbraid, chastise, chide, censure, castigate, lambaste, berate, lecture, criticize, take to task, read the riot act to, haul over the coals
      tell off, give someone a telling-off, dress down, give someone a dressing-down, bawl out, pitch into, lay into, lace into, blow up at, give someone an earful, give someone a roasting, give someone a rocket, give someone a rollicking
      have a go at, carpet, tear someone off a strip, give someone what for, let someone have it
      chew out, ream out
      bollock, give someone a bollocking
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  • have a (or a good or half a) mind to do something

    • Be very much inclined to do something.

      ‘I've a good mind to write to the manager to complain’
      • ‘Bring that beast to me, for I have a mind to harness him like a horse, and make him work.’
      • ‘I have half a mind to turn up in court on the scheduled date with the bank statements proving that they have fouled up, and then invoicing them for my time.’
      • ‘I have a good mind to go over there and rip out every single nail that was noisily hammered into boards today.’
      • ‘I have half a mind to go ahead and quit my day job, sell everything I own for a one-way ticket to the Middle East, and hold out for the Grand Prize.’
      • ‘I have half a mind to ring Marwell Zoo and ask if they're missing anything.’
      • ‘I have a good mind to drag management out here so they can see for themselves.’
      • ‘I have half a mind to suggest to the tourist people that they should designate our roadworks as visitor attractions.’
      • ‘I have a mind to complain to the Royal Opera, because I bought my ticket online and the website states ‘All seats bookable online have a clear view of the stage.’’
      • ‘I am going through the selection process to become a foster carer, as this is something I have had a mind to do for some years.’
      • ‘Good lord, I have half a mind to send this to your boss.’
      inclination, desire, wish, urge, notion, fancy, disposition, intention, intent, will, aim, purpose, design
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  • have someone or something in mind

    • 1Be thinking of.

      • ‘India on the other hand do not seem to have any particular plan in mind - and this is why the opposition sometimes dictates terms.’
      • ‘He has no particular destination in mind but is hoping to take in some interesting sites before returning to his nine-to-five job.’
      • ‘He obviously had this particular project in mind for some time, and had given a great deal of thought to what he wanted to accomplish.’
      • ‘If you don't have a school in mind but still would like to participate, let us know that too.’
      • ‘If you have a weekend date in mind, particularly a Saturday, advance booking is strongly advised to avoid disappointment.’
      • ‘‘Sometimes a group will have a topic in mind, or other times they will contact the speaker to talk about their needs,’ says Wyngaard.’
      • ‘Everyone is thought to be after something, everyone is thought to have some particular goal in mind, independent of the goal that he or she happens to articulate.’
      • ‘I had this kid in mind, Romen, who is unable to participate in this male rite of passage and is ashamed of the fact that he is unable to do it.’
      • ‘He drove mindlessly for about fifteen minutes because he had no particular destination in mind.’
      • ‘I'm leaning towards some kind of biography but I have no particular subject in mind.’
      think of, contemplate
      intend, aim, plan, design, propose, purpose, aspire, desire, want, wish, set out
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      1. 1.1Intend.
        ‘I had it in mind to ask you to work for me’
        • ‘Both Jasper and Ratanaporn had it in mind to vacate the area, and the Dane, measuring a muscular 190 cm, was a little much for the police to handle.’
        • ‘She had, however, by means of getting the earlier claim form had it in mind to claim.’
        • ‘He did speak about himself - I thought he would be far more modest than that - but I had it in mind to congratulate him.’
        • ‘Even so, it was a bit of a blow to be dropped for the Scottish match, though Eddie probably had it in mind to give Johnny O'Connor a game.’
        • ‘Anyway, I've looked and if you had it in mind to bring down Big Ben you'd be better off with an aircraft.’
        • ‘From before all time, God had it in mind to bring her into existence and to entrust to her the conception and rearing of his eternal Son.’
        • ‘When he was finished he had it in mind to take the instructions and make umbrellas at home, as he saw that the various equipment needed for the process from the beginning to the end would not be difficult to obtain.’
        • ‘He was bottling things up, had it in mind to do something to himself.’
        • ‘William simply wanted to know, and as he gave chase, leaving Lisa behind, calling after him, he had it in mind to make the stranger give him that answer.’
        • ‘He had it in mind to do himself an injury, or the court, and he decided to come to this place where his action would be more constructively directed towards those who make the law.’
  • have a mind of one's own

    • 1Be capable of independent opinion or action.

      • ‘You know, he - I've known him since Vietnam, a very brave reporter there, and he has a mind of his own.’
      • ‘It is not enough to have a mind of your own, for you need to have a bank account of your own too.’
      • ‘Just cause he's my brother doesn't mean he doesn't have a mind of his own and isn't entitled to his own opinions.’
      • ‘But she has a mind of her own and believes women need to walk along with men and not behind.’
      • ‘The lawyer suggested that her resilience under police questioning showed that she had a mind of her own.’
      • ‘Why should I be punished for having a mind of my own, and the will to express it?’
      • ‘‘From the very beginning, Jennifer had a mind of her own,’ Mr. Lendor said.’
      • ‘You have a mind of your own and don't like to do what you're told to do.’
      • ‘Yes, but she has a mind of her own and is too independent for most men's taste.’
      • ‘This gutsy, dusky, ebullient star has a mind of her own.’
      1. 1.1(of an inanimate object) seem capable of thought and intention, especially by behaving contrary to the will of the person using it.
        ‘the shopping cart had a mind of its own’
        • ‘It doesn't take much wind for them to seem like they have a mind of their own.’
        • ‘Just like supermarket trolleys, baggage trolleys have a mind of their own.’
        • ‘Her shoulder-length locks seem to have a mind of their own - black at the back with sprinkles of grey at the front.’
        • ‘As he speaks the lights in the room, as if they have a mind of their own, suddenly turn themselves on.’
        • ‘I swiftly walked over to the phone, picking it up and dialing her number, not even thinking as my fingers just seemed to have a mind of their own.’
        • ‘His arms seemed to have a mind of their own and embraced her.’
        • ‘You have to get your mind in synch with your fingers - and sometimes your fingers have a mind of their own!’
        • ‘The cost wasn't prohibitive but Italian websites have a mind of their own.’
        • ‘Storm is a very emotive word for the viewer and they tend to have a mind of their own anyway.’
        • ‘Fabric is notorious for misbehaving and props have a mind of their own.’
  • in one's mind's eye

    • In one's imagination or mental view.

      • ‘You don't know what's really there and what's in your mind's eye.’
      • ‘He tried, in his mind's eye, to imagine a way out of this situation, but the more he thought about it, the more he believed that there was no way!’
      • ‘He took another, and pictured a crystal clear pool in his mind's eye.’
      • ‘She imagined it in her mind's eye as she sat on a chair on the balcony and looked out onto the city.’
      • ‘I have watched a coconut sapling slowly grow into a tree and imagined it ever so often in my mind's eye before going to sleep.’
      • ‘Victims testify to the pain they endured; experts speak to the effects of these injuries; lawyers furnish evidence of the damage so that the judges or jury can see it literally or imagine it in their mind's eye.’
      • ‘Although I'm not in the habit of remembering most of my dreams, I do retain surprisingly clear memories of all of these people in my mind's eye, along with a few of the events which surrounded them.’
      • ‘I can imagine, in my mind's eye, the process of how Excoffon may have developed a final pictograph.’
      • ‘Then he employed his tactics in his mind's eye, imagining various scenarios which would call for certain actions.’
      • ‘He shut his eyes and tried to imagine the scene in his mind's eye as he knew it ought to look.’
  • mind over matter

    • The use of willpower to overcome physical problems.

      • ‘Later she preferred to see it as her first experiment in mind over matter, a parlour trick in which she had asserted a dominance that never materialised on the sports field or in the classroom.’
      • ‘Someone once told me that it was just mind over matter and I shouldn't be on drugs, and that if I were strong-minded enough, I wouldn't need them.’
      • ‘And there is also his enduring philosophy - dating back to his playing days - of the power of mind over matter.’
      • ‘From all indications, and I don't think it's mind over matter, the leg is now starting to feel a better.’
      • ‘In this concrete sense, the starving cult members assert the pre-eminence of mind over matter, wreaking catastrophe in their emaciated wake when the novel's various strands converge climactically in 1960s-style student riots.’
      • ‘Quality over quantity, skill over strength, mind over matter - the comparisons just don't end for Cherwell's heroic 4-2 victory against all the odds.’
      • ‘They go to extraordinary lengths - literally - to demonstrate the achievement of mind over matter.’
      • ‘Exhaustion, heat rash and blisters, yet on she walked, exerting mind over matter, through the bleak and desolate Sahara Desert.’
      • ‘Call it mind over matter, call it compelling self assured confidence, call it what you like, but I won, and I knew I would.’
      • ‘Your article on mind over matter was interesting, but what a pity that people will not believe things without scientific proof.’
  • mind one's own business

    • Refrain from meddling in other people's affairs.

      ‘he was yelling at her to get out and mind her own business’
      • ‘Unlike the other women in the town, Maudie minds her own business and behaves without pretension or hypocrisy.’
      • ‘His statement should be vehemently condemned by all, and he should be asked to mind his own business.’
      • ‘He is not, technically, ‘poor’ or ‘weak, he minds his own business, and makes no complaint.’’
      • ‘Fortunately, not everyone minds his own business, and one day I was approached by just such a person.’
      • ‘There's an older gentleman sitting next to me, seeming to be trying to mind his own business too.’
      • ‘We are a commercial republic of free citizens who, on the whole, prefer to mind our own business.’
      • ‘Now, the correct response to that comment might have been a stern rejoinder to mind her own business.’
      • ‘Mya definitely thought something was up, but Darnell thought his wife needed to mind her own business.’
      • ‘By neighbors’ accounts, Jamie keeps quiet and minds her own business, but the board stood firm.’
      • ‘‘Nicole usually minds her own business, but she made an exception in this case.’’
    • Refrain from prying or interfering.

      • ‘I asked him once if that was true, if he really was once a royal guard but he scolded me and told me to mind my own business.’
      • ‘He told her to be silent and mind her own business.’
  • mind one's ps & qs

    • Be careful to behave well and avoid giving offense.

      • ‘As a little girl, I was told to ‘mind your p's and q's’ and ‘be a lady’ because I was quite the tomboy.’
      • ‘As such, the stealth stingers tell the bipeds to buzz off and mind their Ps & Qs before the bees make 'em R.I.P.’
      • ‘He's normally a quiet, sensitive little thing (just like his mum) who minds his Ps and Qs and keeps himself to himself.’
      act correctly, act properly, conduct oneself well, act in a polite way, show good manners, mind one's manners, mind one's ps and qs
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  • mind the store

    • informal Have charge of something temporarily.

      • ‘As Ansett Airlines, then one of Australia's best-known companies, slid inexorably into insolvency, no one, apparently, was even minding the shop.’
      • ‘After all, someone has to mind the shop and ensure that the people's will is the basis of government.’
      • ‘When I look at Brazil and see Lucio or Edmilson breaking from defence and Gilberto Silva dropping in to mind the shop, I see the variation we miss.’
      • ‘Cowdery brushes that aside, saying he will concentrate on scouting out new acquisitions, while Thompson minds the shop.’
      • ‘And who is minding the shop while all this is happening?’
      • ‘Instead some of Christopher's friends and admirers will be minding the shop in his absence.’
      • ‘You have drawn our attention to a whole raft of issues which your inspection has brought to light, and I can only conclude that minding the shop, from whatever perspective you accommodate, needs greater attention.’
      • ‘What Labour fears is that contentment has bred complacency; voters perceive prosperity as the natural order of things and decide that it will continue no matter who is minding the shop.’
      • ‘Of that, Jason Sniderman, who is now minding the shop, says $6.5 million was owed to record companies.’
      • ‘It makes sense, of course, for the SNP to send an experienced hand to mind the shop in the Commons.’
  • never mind

    • 1Used to urge someone not to feel anxiety or distress.

      ‘never mind—it's all right now’
      • ‘But never mind, we are not worrying about the logic as we work through all of this.’
      • ‘Hoping N, R and A will still come, but never mind, the important thing is that It will be the Return of £1 a pint Night and me and MH's nights at the pub watching the Football!’
      don't bother about, pay no attention to, don't worry about, don't concern yourself with, disregard, forget, don't take into consideration, don't give a second thought to, don't think twice about
      don't apologize, forget it, don't worry about it, it doesn't matter, don't mention it, it's unimportant
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      1. 1.1Used to suggest that a problem or objection is not important.
        ‘that's getting off the subject, but never mind’
        • ‘Actually, I was a little ticked off during most of it because… ah, never mind, it's not important, it's just my dad.’
        • ‘Ah, never mind that… That is not important right now.’
        • ‘Not that they'll ever be of any use to said child, except for obscure quiz questions, but, never mind.’
        • ‘But never mind; that's not important to the DC In A Nutshell theme here.’
    • 2Used in refusing to answer a question.

      ‘never mind where I'm going’
      • ‘I am now starting my second summer in Waco, doing well, never you mind what I'm doing.’
      • ‘And I didn't want to go to the pokey for - well, never you mind what I could go to the pokey for.’
      • ‘My husband and I have been voluntarily using them to set a germ-free example, and it's not all that bad, especially if you use the kind with the oh, never you mind!’
      • ‘He's got his own problems, never you mind.’
    • 3Used to indicate that what has been said of one thing applies even more to another.

      ‘he was so tired that he found it hard to think, never mind talk’
      • ‘Hazarding a look up, I forget to breathe, never mind the coffee thing.’
      • ‘I've floated back and forth between my computer and the television for nearing three hours now and I still haven't thought of anything coherent, never mind intelligent, to say.’
      • ‘With barely 4% of our population in Scotland going broadband, we are already slipping well behind south-east England, never mind the rest of Europe.’
      • ‘What would have been appropriate for a 1960s flower-power couple is probably not what a Victorian family would have had in mind, never mind a child of the 21st century.’
      • ‘Pushing ahead with any such plans would have led the health minister into direct conflict with thousands of parents - never mind the Catholic Church, which provides a third of the schooling in Scotland.’
      • ‘But he has now gone seven years without the world championship and has not indicated a serious intention to wind down, never mind quit.’
      • ‘As it happens, in the essays on my work and on Vatican II, there is not the slightest indication that the author wishes to be corrected, never mind to be proved wrong.’
      • ‘I can barely pick up the courage to speak to other students, never mind a £4m rated football player.’
      • ‘Have we really forgotten that domestic consumption can fluctuate, never mind that there might be such a phenomenon as an economic cycle?’
      • ‘On Saturday, though, an impatient Stade de France crowd realised there was still work to be done if Les Bleus were to become Six Nations - never mind world - champions.’
  • not pay someone any mind

    • Not pay someone any attention.

      • ‘She didn't pay them any mind and went to the inn keeper and asked for a room.’
      • ‘Tasha had gotten really scared when Buster came walking out the door but he didn't pay them any mind.’
      • ‘My opponent had already entered the ring but I didn't pay him any mind.’
      • ‘Oh come on I can see that it bothers you that he doesn't pay you any mind anymore.’
      • ‘They didn't pay me any mind until after Rich and I performed live on stage (we DJ on the floor, so we're out of view).’
      • ‘While we were alighting a police car turned onto the road ahead of us, and the driver tried to get its attention, but the police either didn't hear him or didn't pay him any mind.’
      • ‘Faintly in the back of my mind I recall hearing the sound of horses about a quarter of a mile away, but I didn't pay them any mind.’
      • ‘They're only doing it to get under your fur, so please, don't pay them any mind.’
      • ‘He didn't pay them any mind as they were no longer a threat.’
      • ‘Folks were reaching out to me, attempting to give me sound advice, but I just didn't pay them any mind.’
  • on someone's mind

    • Preoccupying someone, especially in a disquieting way.

      ‘new parents have many worries on their minds’
      • ‘It is on his mind, it is also on my mind, and I am reviewing the findings about the restructuring of our steel industry.’
      • ‘Tell me everything that's on your mind, everything you're afraid of, and everything you want to do about it.'’
      • ‘She still looked worried though, like she had troubled thoughts on her mind that she wasn't sure she could talk about.’
      • ‘Mind that you know what's on your mind, even if you never speak the truth of it to anyone.’
      • ‘Well, now, if that's what you got on your mind, well, you're going about it all wrong.’
      • ‘This worry has been on my mind all the time, it's a shame I did not say no right at the start.’
      • ‘Maybe you are tired, got troubles on your mind, dry patches on your face, a little pain in your heart.’
      • ‘You don't buy that sort of thing if you haven't got something… ahem… on your mind.’
      • ‘And I was asking the soldiers, you know, what was on your mind - what was on their mind.’
      • ‘And as is inevitable my mind drifts to the topic that has been on my mind for the past two months or so.’
  • an open mind

    • The readiness to consider something without prejudice.

      • ‘The coach should always have an open mind with regard to improving his own learning.’
      • ‘However, one should not be blinded by the rules, but rather keep an open mind and be ready to experiment.’
      • ‘Perhaps they won't come to it with an open mind at all and will be angry that I got it all wrong.’
      • ‘I ask Sue and the other members of the society to please consider my response with an open mind.’
      • ‘We are keeping an open mind but are not treating it as suspicious.’
      • ‘So if you like the idea of inventing something a little different, it might be worth keeping an open mind about what will appeal.’
      • ‘This group of people should consider keeping an open mind and really work at it.’
      • ‘Ken was well known for his volatility, but also his willingness to keep an open mind.’
      • ‘I just hope that most of you try to minimize it and look at things with an open mind.’
      • ‘Watch it with a pizza, a couple of beers, and an open mind, and you'll have a great time.’
  • open one's mind to

    • Be receptive to.

      ‘he opened his mind to the ways of the rest of the world’
      • ‘The only thing one has to do to find it is open his mind to new and previously ‘unheard’ of ideas.’
      • ‘It's not necessarily that I understand all of it or believe all of it for sure, but it's opening my mind to so many more possibilities.’
      • ‘You just get to taste everything, and it really opens your mind to what's out there.’
      • ‘David's talk had opened her mind to what sort of horrible things could be in the things she was eating; quite contrary, she supposed, to his intention.’
      • ‘He opened my mind to a whole world of knowledge that I hadn't really explored before.’
      • ‘You've opened your mind to certain things, and you've learned how to treat yourself better.’
      • ‘She feels that what she's learned about prisons has opened her mind to much more about ‘the social problems that plague our society.’’
      • ‘Your magazine has surely opened my mind to more reasons.’
      • ‘Just unleash your creativity and open your mind to new and memorable ideas for unique baby shower centerpieces.’
      • ‘‘I thought there had to be more to life than that and opened my mind to the opportunity of finding an alternative source of income,’ he said.’
  • out of one's mind

    • 1Having lost control of one's mental faculties.

      • ‘If you thought differently you were out of your mind.’
      • ‘As much as I had grown fond of these three people in these few days, I still believed they were all crazy out of their mind.’
      • ‘And it's like you're mad, you're out of your mind.’
      • ‘Yesterday morning, if you told me I'd be in the state of Vermont, buying pencils today, I'd have said you were out of your mind.’
      • ‘The condition of alienation, of being asleep, of being unconscious, of being out of one's mind, is the condition of the normal man.’
      • ‘The truck driver, in a green shirt, paced the cordoned off area, obviously distraught and somewhat out of his mind.’
      • ‘I think there's something in that cup besides tea because you're out of your mind!’
      • ‘As time goes by, the community simply sees Mala as a crazy old woman: not only out of touch but out of her mind.’
      • ‘If I'm gonna get mad and be bitter about hearing my name in a trade rumor, then I gotta be crazy and out of my mind.’
      • ‘I met with the Director General of Operations and he, being an honest guy, looked at me: ‘Shelley Ann, are you out of your mind?’’
      mad, insane, deranged, demented, not in one's right mind, non compos mentis, unbalanced, mad as a hatter, mad as a march hare, away with the fairies
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      1. 1.1informal Suffering from a particular condition to a very high degree.
        ‘she was bored out of her mind’
        • ‘Some of what I see at first hand among young people in the disco and night club scene would frighten you out of your mind,’ he added.’
        • ‘Then you'd think you were in some enchanted forest that you get to go into everyday and be bored out of your mind.’
        • ‘Or maybe just bored out of your mind not listening to a lecture that you do not care for.’
        • ‘Well you always say no, even though its obvious you're bored out of your mind.’
        • ‘How often have you sat in an English class buried in some dusty tome, bored out of your mind?’
        • ‘I giggled - insanely nervous out of my mind - as the boys went over last minute music stuff.’
        • ‘Besides the fact that you're scared out of your mind that this plot will come crashing down upon your ears?’
        • ‘Totally bored out of your mind, here are some games you can play in the field.’
        • ‘What makes you hide under the covers at night, makes you want to call for your mother, and scream so loud that everyone in the world will know that you are frightened out of your mind?!’
        • ‘It is amazing how difficult it is to find them out when you are half out of your mind with worry and embarrassed/scared to talk to the people you need to help you.’
        frantic, beside oneself, berserk, distraught, in a frenzy
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  • put someone in mind of

    • Resemble and so cause someone to think of or remember.

      ‘he was a small, well-dressed man who put her in mind of a jockey’
      • ‘I know absolutely nothing about The Delays, except that this is a sturdy piece of lilting power-pop of the classic school, which puts me in mind of The Tourists, The Pretenders, The Bangles and their ilk.’
      • ‘It puts me in mind of when I spent time in Ulster a few years ago.’
      • ‘It puts me in mind of a New Zealander who boxed a young Chinese woman's ears at a metro station because of some slight inconvenience she might have caused him while boarding the train.’
      • ‘Her situation puts me in mind of the hassles I had trying to close my bank account upon leaving the UK (as Meg can attest to), but in a much more hair-tearing and utterly exhausting way.’
      • ‘During another number she actually descends from the ceiling, angel-like, in a manner that puts me in mind of those nymphs that populate the paintings of pre-Raphaelite artists, only less demure.’
      • ‘The phenomenon puts me in mind of that famous Palestinian pastime of coming up with a magical solution to the ‘Palestinian problem’, as though it were a riddle that required a single original answer.’
      • ‘It puts me in mind of the time when an Australian conservative Prime Minister voted himself out of office.’
      • ‘It also puts me in mind of the intro to Bowie's Modern Love - it's those two piano chords, I think.’
      • ‘He puts me in mind of the banker in Flaubert's ‘L' Education Sentimentale’: a man so habituated to corruption that he would happily pay for the pleasure of selling himself.’
      • ‘But it put me in mind of how essentially childish these office parties are.’
      remind of, cause to remember, recall, conjure up, suggest, evoke, summon up, call up
      resemble, look like
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  • put (or set) one's mind to

    • Direct all one's attention to (achieving something)

      ‘she'd have made an excellent dancer, if she'd have put her mind to it’
      • ‘It really is pretty easy, once you set your mind to really giving readers the whole picture.’
      • ‘Still, I'm a smart girl and can do just about anything I put my mind to, and for the first time I started thinking about my potential for getting involved in social justice.’
      • ‘Bill had the special ability to do anything he set his mind to from cooking to woodworking to fishing, golfing, winemaking, gardening and more.’
      • ‘If you put your mind to what you want out of life, and focus your energy on it, she says, there's no reason why good things shouldn't happen.’
      • ‘She showed them what they could achieve if they just put their mind to it, pulled themselves out of the gutter and developed incredibly arrogant and over entitled attitudes.’
      • ‘This story proves that you can do anything you put your mind to.’
      • ‘But I'm not surprised - everything Carol has set her mind to achieving, she's accomplished.’
      • ‘Or maybe you wish you could be as smart as her or as intelligent as all those people who seem to have a photographic memory and can ace any topic or thing they set their mind to?’
      • ‘Do you ever feel like you just need a jolt of energy and then you'd be able to do anything you set your mind to?’
      • ‘From that experience, I learned that I could do anything I put my mind to and that I'd always have the support of my peers at camp.’
      focus one's attention on, focus on, pay attention to, keep one's mind on, apply oneself to, address oneself to, devote oneself to, get down to, put one's mind to
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  • put someone/something out of one's mind

    • Deliberately forget someone or something.

      • ‘The trepidation makes me feel queasy, so I cope by putting it out of my mind so that's enough about that.’
      • ‘So she put the elections out of her mind and prepared some milky tea and nan bread wrapped in a cloth for her son to take through an archway to the men's area.’
      • ‘Robert shrugged and put the goblins out of his mind.’
      • ‘But I still couldn't put the question out of my mind.’
      • ‘Once I leave tomorrow you can put me out of your mind and you'll have forgotten about me completely in a week or two.’
      • ‘I simply put the pain out of my mind and forgot about it.’
      • ‘People experience different things but within weeks of the accident I went back to work and tried to put the experience out of my mind.’
      • ‘Even so, I had a hard time putting him out of my mind as I sat munching the cold turkey-loaf my wife had made into a sandwich from last night's dinner.’
      • ‘It is highly unlikely that the person who drove off with Stephanie will have been able to put this situation out of his mind.’
      • ‘Then maybe it would have been easier to put it out of my mind and just get on with life; to forget what I was waiting for and be able to enjoy it when it eventually came along.’
      banish, put away, set aside, lay aside, abandon, have done with, drop, disregard, brush off, shrug off, forget, think no more of, pay no heed to, put out of one's mind
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  • to my mind

    • In my opinion.

      ‘this story is, to my mind, a masterpiece’
      • ‘There is a curious sub-group of our species that, to my mind, is as puzzling as plane-spotters.’
      • ‘To call a person a liar, is, to my mind, the most serious and damning thing that a person can do.’
      • ‘Anyway, to my mind there's a very simple solution to the problem of drug addicts.’
      • ‘This, to my mind, was exactly what was needed in the Tory party if they were to stand a realistic chance of being elected.’
      • ‘In so doing, Dr Joseph has, to my mind, devalued the currency of his doctoral robes.’
      • ‘I don't want to ruin it for anyone else who still hasn't got round to watching it, but to my mind, it was amazing.’
      • ‘In the whole of my life I have only ever seen three people who, to my mind, moved with true freedom and grace on stage.’
      • ‘So the practical position seems, to my mind, to be clear: such a programme should not at present go ahead.’
      • ‘It's been a predictable hot-ticket and, to my mind, a rather more surprising critical rave.’
      • ‘Worst of all, to my mind, is the appalling waste of natural fish stocks required to feed the farmed industry.’
      in my opinion, in my view, as i see it, from my standpoint, personally, in my estimation, in my judgement, in my book, for my money, if you ask me
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Old English gemynd memory, thought, of Germanic origin, from an Indo-European root meaning revolve in the mind, think shared by Sanskrit manas and Latin mens mind.