Synonyms of mind in English:


See definition of mind


1‘my mind was full of dark thoughts’


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

head, imagination, subconscious, psyche, ego

informal grey matter, brainbox, brain cells

British informal loaf

North American informal smarts

South African informal kop

rare ratiocination



2‘he found it hard to keep his mind on the job’


attention, thoughts, concentration, thinking, attentiveness

3‘the tragedy has affected her mind’


sanity, mental balance, mental faculties, senses, wits, reason, reasoning, judgement, rationality

informal marbles

4‘his words stuck in her mind’


memory, recollection, powers of recall

5‘one of the greatest minds of his time’


intellect, thinker, brain, scholar, academic, intellectual, sage

6‘I've a mind to write in and complain’


inclination, desire, wish, urge, notion, fancy, disposition, intention, intent, will, aim, purpose, design

7‘everyone was of the same mind’


opinion, way of thinking, outlook, attitude, view, viewpoint, point of view, belief, judgement, thoughts, feeling, sentiment, persuasion


1‘do you mind if I smoke?’


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

informal care a damn, give a damn, care a toss, give a toss, care a hoot, give a hoot, give a monkey's, care a rap, give a rap, give a tinker's curse, give a tinker's damn

vulgar slang give a shit

2‘mind the step!’


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


ignore, miss

3‘mind you wipe your feet before you come in’


be sure, make sure, be sure that, make sure that, see, see that, take care that

remember to, be sure to, make sure to, don't forget to, take care to



4‘she left her husband to mind the baby’


look after, take care of, keep an eye on, attend to, care for, tend, watch, have charge of, take charge of, guard, protect



5‘mind what your mother says’


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

obey, follow, comply with, adhere to

archaic regard


disregard, take no notice of


    be in two minds

      ‘I was in two minds whether to hit him’


      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

    bear/keep in mind


      remember, note, make a mental note of, be mindful of, do not forget, take into account, take into consideration, consider, take cognizance of, take note of, be cognizant of

    bring/call to mind

      ‘the smell brings to mind past similar experiences’


      remind one of, cause one to remember, make one think of, put one in mind of, take one back to, bring to mind, call to mind, awake one's memories of, evoke, call up, conjure up, summon up

    change one's mind

      ‘at the last moment I changed my mind’


      think again, think twice, have second thoughts, review one's position, come round


    cross one's mind

      ‘it never crossed his mind that this would upset her’


      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

    give someone a piece of one's 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

      British informal

      tick off, carpet, monster, give someone a mouthful

      North American informal

      chew out

      British vulgar slang


      North American vulgar slang

      chew someone's ass

    have something in mind

      ‘did you have anything specific in mind?’


      think of, contemplate

      intend, aim, plan, design, propose, purpose, aspire, desire, want, wish, set out

    out of one's mind

      1‘if you think I'll agree to this you must be 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




      crazy, mental, off one's head, out of one's head, off one's nut, nuts, nutty, off one's rocker, not right in the head, not quite right in the head, round the bend, raving mad, bats, batty, bonkers, cuckoo, loopy, loony, bananas, loco, with a screw loose, touched, gaga, off the wall, not all there, out to lunch, not right upstairs

      British informal

      barmy, crackers, barking, barking mad, round the twist, off one's trolley, not the full shilling

      North American informal

      buggy, nutsy, nutso, out of one's tree, meshuga, squirrelly, wacko

      Canadian NZ informal


      NZ informal


      2‘I've been out of my mind with worry’


      frantic, beside oneself, berserk, distraught, in a frenzy



    put someone in mind of


      remind of, cause to remember, recall, conjure up, suggest, evoke, summon up, call up

      resemble, look like

    to my mind


      in my opinion, in my view, as I see it, to my way of thinking, according to my way of thinking, from my standpoint, personally, in my estimation, in my judgement, in my book, for my money, if you ask me

    mind out

      ‘mind out—there's a car coming’


      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

    never mind

      1‘never mind the cost’


      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

      2‘never mind, it's all right now’


      don't apologize, forget it, don't worry about it, it doesn't matter, don't mention it, it's unimportant