mind


mind
mind1 W1S1 [maınd] n
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1¦(ability to think and imagine)¦
2 change your mind
3 make up your mind/make your mind up
4 have somebody/something in mind (for something)
5 bear/keep somebody/something in mind
6 with somebody/something in mind
7 on your/somebody's mind
8 get/put somebody/something out of your mind
9 cross/enter somebody's mind
10 go/run/flash etc through somebody's mind
11 come/spring to mind
12¦(character)¦
13¦(intelligence)¦
14¦(intelligent person)¦
15 state/frame of mind
16 to/in my mind
17 go/turn over something in your mind
18 be the last thing on somebody's mind
19 take/keep/get somebody's mind off something
20 set/put somebody's mind at rest
21 it/that is a load/weight off somebody's mind
22 prey on somebody's mind
23 no one in their right mind ...
24 be out of your mind
25 be out of your mind with worry/grief etc
26 go out of your mind
27 somebody's mind goes blank
28 go (right/clean) out of somebody's mind
29 bring/call something to mind
30 put somebody in mind of somebody/something
31 stick/stay in somebody's mind
32 be of one mind/of the same mind/of like mind
33 have a mind of your own
34 put/set/turn your mind to something
35 somebody's mind is not on something
36 keep your mind on something
37 somebody's mind wanders
38 somebody's mind is racing
39 it's all in the mind
40 in your mind's eye
41 have it in mind
42 have half a mind to do something
43 mind over matter
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[: Old English; Origin: gemynd]
1.) ¦(ABILITY TO THINK AND IMAGINE)¦ [U and C]
your thoughts or your ability to think, feel, and imagine things
It is impossible to understand the complex nature of the human mind.
Mind and body are closely related.
Meditation involves focusing the mind on a single object or word.
in sb's mind
There was no doubt in my mind that it was the right decision to make.
Do you have a clear picture in your mind of what you want?
A plan began to form in his mind.
The event is still fresh in most people's minds.
independence/strength/flexibility of mind
men who were chosen for their independence of mind
2.) change your mind
to change your decision, plan, or opinion about something
I was afraid that Liz would change her mind and take me back home.
change your mind about
If you change your mind about the colour scheme, it's easy to just paint over it.
3.) make up your mind/make your mind up
a) to decide which of two or more choices you want, especially after thinking for a long time
I wish he'd hurry up and make his mind up.
make up your mind/make your mind up about
He couldn't make up his mind about what to do with the money.
make up your mind whether
Karen couldn't make up her mind whether to apply for membership or not.
b) to become very determined to do something, so that you will not change your decision
No more argument My mind is made up.
make up your mind to do sth
He had clearly made up his mind to end the affair.
make up your mind that
I made up my mind there and then that I would never get married.
c) to decide what your opinion is about someone or something
make up your mind/make your mind up about
I could never really make my mind up about him.
You're old enough to make your own mind up about smoking.
4.) have sb/sth in mind (for sth)
to have an idea about who or what you want for a particular purpose
It was a nice house, but it wasn't quite what we had in mind .
Did you have anyone in mind for the job?
Have you any particular colour in mind for the bedroom?
5.) bear/keep sb/sth in mind
to remember or think about someone or something when you are doing something
It's a good idea - I'll keep it in mind.
You must always keep the reader in mind when writing a report.
Floor tiles can be difficult to clean - worth keeping in mind when you choose a new floor.
bear/keep in mind that
Bear in mind that the price does not include flights.
More money should be given to housing, bearing in mind (=because of) the problem of homelessness.
6.) with sb/sth in mind
considering someone or something when doing something, and taking suitable action
Most gardens designed with children in mind are safe but dull.
With these aims in mind, the school operates a broad-based curriculum.
7.) on your/sb's mind
a) if something is on your mind, you keep thinking or worrying about it
He looked as though he had something on his mind .
Sorry I forgot. I've got a lot on my mind (=a lot of problems to worry about) at the moment.
b) if something is on your mind, that is what you are thinking about
She's the type of person who just says what's on her mind.
8.) get/put sb/sth out of your mind also put sb/sth to the back of your mind
to stop yourself thinking about someone or something
I just can't seem to get her out of my mind.
You've got to try and put him out of your mind.
She put her disappointment to the back of her mind and concentrated on Dana.
9.) cross/enter sb's mind also come into sb's mind [not in progressive]
if something crosses your mind, you have a thought or idea
It never crossed my mind that Lisa might be lying.
Suddenly a horrible thought came into my mind.
10.) go/run/flash etc through sb's mind
if something goes through your mind, you have a thought, especially for a short time
She knew what was going through his mind.
All kinds of questions ran through my mind.
After the accident, one of the things that went through my mind was whether I would be able to drive again.
11.) come/spring to mind [not in progressive]
if something comes or springs to mind, you suddenly or immediately think of it
I just used the first excuse which sprang to mind.
A memory of last night came to mind, and he smiled.
Fatherhood doesn't immediately spring to mind when you think of James.
12.) ¦(CHARACTER)¦
used to talk about the way that someone thinks and the type of thoughts they have
He has a very devious mind.
My naturally suspicious mind thought he might be lying.
13.) ¦(INTELLIGENCE)¦ [C usually singular]
your intelligence and ability to think, rather than your emotions
a mind trained to react with split-second accuracy
a brilliant/enquiring/logical etc mind
a bright child with an enquiring mind
14.) ¦(INTELLIGENT PERSON)¦
someone who is very intelligent, especially in a particular subject or activity
= ↑brain
This is one of the issues that has most interested military minds.
Some of the finest minds in the country are working on the project.
15.) state/frame of mind
the way someone is thinking and feeling at a particular time
What happened had a lot to do with my state of mind at the time.
in a good/positive/relaxed etc frame of mind
She returned from lunch in a happier frame of mind.
in the right/wrong frame of mind
You have to be in the right frame of mind to play well.
16.) to/in my mind
used to show you are giving your opinion about something
The Internet, to my mind, represents information exchange at its best.
17.) go/turn over sth in your mind
to keep thinking about something because you are trying to understand it or solve a problem
Corbett rode along, turning over in his mind what Bruce had said.
18.) be the last thing on sb's mind also be the furthest thing from sb's mind
to be the thing that someone is least likely to be thinking about
Insurance was the last thing on my mind when we set off that day.
19.) take/keep/get sb's mind off sth
to make someone stop thinking and worrying about something
Going back to work helped take my mind off my Ian's death.
Want a game? It might take your mind off things .
20.) set/put sb's mind at rest also set/put sb's mind at ease
to make someone feel less worried or anxious
If you're worried, see a doctor to set your mind at rest.
21.) it/that is a load/weight off sb's mind informal
used to say that someone does not have to worry about something any more
22.) prey on sb's mind also play on sb's mind
if a problem preys on your mind, you cannot stop thinking about it
Finally, she broached the subject that had been playing on her mind for days.
23.) no one in their right mind ... also who in their right mind ...?
informal used to say that someone must be stupid or crazy to do something
Who in their right mind would want to do that job?
No woman in her right mind would go out with a man like him.
24.) be out of your mind informal
to be stupid or crazy
He must have been out of his mind to employ her.
25.) be out of your mind with worry/grief etc also be worried/bored etc out of your mind
to be extremely worried, bored etc
It was getting late and I was out of my mind with worry.
26.) go out of your mind also lose your mind
informal to become mentally ill or very worried, bored etc
Nicole looked at him as if he'd gone out of his mind.
27.) sb's mind goes blank also sb's mind is a blank
informal if your mind goes blank, you suddenly cannot remember something
For some inexplicable reason, her mind went completely blank.
His heart was thumping and his mind was a complete blank.
28.) go (right/clean) out of sb's mind also slip sb's mind
if something goes out of your mind, you forget it, especially because you are very busy
I'm sorry. So much has been happening, it went clean out of my mind.
It had completely slipped her mind that Dave still had a key to the house.
29.) bring/call sth to mind
a) to make you think of someone or something
The wine's sweet nutty taste calls to mind roasted chestnuts.
b) formal to remember something
The only thing I could call to mind was something my mother once said.
30.) put sb in mind of sb/sth [not in progressive] formal
to remind someone of someone or something
The girl put me in mind of my own daughter.
31.) stick/stay in sb's mind
if a name, fact etc sticks in your mind, you remember it for a long time
For some reason, the name really stuck in Joe's mind.
One line from the poem had stayed in her mind.
32.) be of one mind/of the same mind/of like mind
formal to have the same opinions as someone else
It can be difficult to meet others of like mind.
be of one mind/of the same mind/of like mind on/about
The council and the government are of one mind on the long-term objective.
33.) have a mind of your own
a) to have strong opinions about things, and make your own decisions without being influenced by other people
She's a woman without fear, with a mind of her own, who says what she thinks.
b) if an object has a mind of its own, it seems to control itself and does not work or move in the way you want it to
The bicycle seemed to have a mind of its own and I couldn't steer it straight.
34.) put/set/turn your mind to sth
to decide that you want to achieve something and try very hard to do it
I think anyone can lose weight if they set their mind to it.
35.) sb's mind is not on sth
if your mind is not on what you are doing, you are not thinking much about it because you are thinking or worrying about something else
His mind didn't seem to be on the game at all.
36.) keep your mind on sth
to keep paying attention to something, even though it is difficult
He could hardly keep his mind on what she was saying.
keep your mind on the job/task in hand
Making notes is the best way of keeping your mind on the task at hand.
37.) sb's mind wanders
if your mind wanders, you no longer pay attention to something, especially because you are bored
Her mind was beginning to wander.
38.) sb's mind is racing
if your mind is racing, you are thinking very quickly and hard about something because you are excited, frightened etc
He tried to reassure her, but Carrie's mind was racing.
39.) it's all in the mind
used to tell someone that they have imagined something and it does not really exist
He's one of those doctors who say you're not really sick and it's all in the mind.
40.) in your mind's eye
if you see something in your mind's eye, you imagine or remember clearly what it looks like
She paused, imagining the scene in her mind's eye.
41.) have it in mind
formal to intend to do something
have it in mind to do sth
For a long time I had it in mind to write a book about my experiences.
have it in mind that
I had it in mind that one day I might move to Spain.
42.) have half a mind to do sthspoken
a) also have a good mind to do sth
used to say that you might do something to show that you disapprove of something someone has done
I've a good mind to tell him exactly what I think.
I've half a mind to stop him seeing her altogether.
b) used to say that you may decide to do something
I've half a mind to come with you tomorrow.
43.) mind over matter
used to say that you can use your thoughts to control physical feelings or an unpleasant situation
I'm scared, yes, but it's a case of mind over matter.
in/at the back of your mind atback2 (6)
blow sb's mind atblow1 (15)
cast your mind back atcast1 (9)
a closed mind atclosed
be in/at/to the forefront of sb's mind/attention atforefront
give sb a piece of your mind atpiece1 (13)
great minds think alike atgreat1 (15)
know your own mind atknow1 (50)
the mind boggles atboggle
meeting of minds atmeeting
an open mind atopen1 (16)
out of sight, out of mind atsight1 (8)
peace of mind atpeace, ↑presence of mind
read sb's mind atread1 (15)
set your heart/mind/sights on (doing) sth atset1 (13)
be of sound mind atsound3 (5)
speak your mind atspeak
be in two minds attwo
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HINT sense 11
Do not say that something 'comes to your mind' or 'springs to your mind'. Say that it comes to mind or springs to mind.
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mind 2
mind2 W2S1 v
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1¦(feel annoyed)¦
2 not mind doing something
3¦(not care which one)¦
4 mind your own business
5 be minding your own business
6 never mind
7 I wouldn't mind (doing) something
8 would/do you mind...?
9 mind you
10¦(warning)¦
11 mind how you go
12 mind you do something
13 never you mind
14 do you mind!
15 if you don't mind
16 if you don't mind my saying so/if you don't mind me asking
17 I don't mind admitting/telling you/saying etc
18 don't mind me
19 don't mind her/him etc
20 (I) don't mind if I do
21¦(take care of something/somebody)¦
22 mind the shop
23 mind your manners/language/p's and q's
24¦(obey)¦
Phrasal verbs
 mind out
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1.) ¦(FEEL ANNOYED)¦ [I,T not in progressive or passive, usually in questions and negatives]
to feel annoyed or upset about something
I don't mind the heat, in fact I quite like it.
The expression on Dan's face showed that he did mind, very much.
I wouldn't have minded if she'd asked me first.
mind doing sth
Did you mind being away from home for so long?
mind sb doing sth
Don't your parents mind you staying out so late?
mind that
He didn't mind that other people in the village thought him odd.
2.) not mind doing sth
to be willing to do something
I don't mind driving if you're tired.
3.) ¦(NOT CARE WHICH ONE)¦
not mind [I,T not in progressive or passive] especially BrE if you do not mind what someone does or what happens, you do not have a strong opinion about it
'Do you want to go out now or later?' 'I don't really mind.'
not mind what/who/where etc
I don't mind where we go.
4.) mind your own business informal
to not ask questions about a situation that does not involve you
Why don't you just mind your own business and leave me in peace?
I wish he'd mind his own business.
5.) be minding your own business
to be doing something ordinary on your own when something unexpected happens to you
My father was just driving along, minding his own business, when suddenly a brick came through the window.
6.) spoken never mind
a) used to tell someone not to worry or be upset about something
'We haven't done very well, have we?' 'Never mind. At least we tried.'
never mind about
Never mind about the car. You're safe, and that's the main thing.
b) used to say that something is not possible or likely, because even a less extreme thing is not possible or likely
Well, you would have hardly got a bed in that room, never mind anything else.
I don't think I could walk that far, never mind run that far.
c) used to tell someone that it is not important to do or consider something now, often because something else is more important
Never mind me - what about you? What have you been doing?
Never mind the dishes - I'll do them later.
never mind doing sth
Never mind looking at the boys, we're supposed to be playing tennis.
never mind why/how etc
Never mind how I got here. Tell me what happened.
7.) spoken I wouldn't mind (doing) sth
used to say that you would like something
'Can I get you anything to drink?' 'I wouldn't mind a coffee.'
She's gorgeous! I wouldn't mind looking like that!
8.) spoken would/do you mind...?
a) used to politely ask someone's permission
would you mind if
Would you mind if I opened the window?
Would you mind if I came with you?
I'll have to leave early, do you mind?
b) used to politely ask someone to do something
would you mind doing sth?
Would you mind waiting outside?
'Do you want me to carry this bag for you?' 'Would you mind?'
c) used to angrily ask or tell someone to do something
would you mind doing sth?
Would you mind telling me what you're doing in here?
Would you mind shutting up for a minute?
9.) spoken mind you also mind
BrE used when saying something that is almost the opposite of what you have just said, or that explains or emphasizes it
He looks very young in this photo. Mind you, it was taken years ago.
I love hot weather, but not too hot, mind.
10.) spoken ¦(WARNING)¦
mind!
BrE used to warn someone to be careful because they might hurt themselves or someone else, or damage something
Mind that bike, James!
Mind you don't fall.
mind your head/fingers etc
Mind your head - the ceiling's a bit low.
mind how/where/who etc
It's slippery, so mind where you're walking.
11.) spoken mind how you go
BrE used when saying goodbye to someone, to tell them to take care
12.) spoken mind you do sth
BrE used to tell someone to do something
Mind you behave yourself.
13.) spoken never you mind
especially BrE used to tell someone that you are not going to tell them something because it is private or secret
'What's that you were saying to Dad?' 'Never you mind.'
14.) spoken do you mind!
used to say to someone that you are annoyed with them because of something they have just done or said
Do you mind! I just washed that floor!
15.) spoken if you don't mind also if you wouldn't mind
a) used to check that someone is willing to do something or let you do something
If you don't mind, I think I'll go to bed now.
I'd like to stay a while longer if you don't mind.
We'll go there together - that's if you don't mind.
b) used when you are annoyed to tell someone what to do or what you are going to do
Now, if you don't mind, I'd like to get back to bed.
c) used humorously or rudely to correct something someone has said
The name's John, not Jonathan, if you don't mind.
d) used to refuse someone's offer politely
'Do you want to come for a drink?' 'I won't if you don't mind. I've got a lot of work to do.'
16.) spoken if you don't mind my saying so/if you don't mind me asking
used when you are saying or asking something that you think might offend someone
You're looking tired, if you don't mind my saying so.
How old are you, if you don't mind me asking?
17.) spoken I don't mind admitting/telling you/saying etc
used to emphasize what you are saying, especially when it could make you seem silly
I don't mind admitting that I was really scared.
18.) spoken don't mind me
a) used to tell someone not to pay any attention to you
If you want to get on and do something, please don't mind me.
b) used when you are annoyed because someone is not paying any attention to you
Don't mind me! I only live here!
19.) spoken don't mind her/him etc
used to say sorry for someone else's behaviour
Don't mind her. She doesn't mean to be hurtful.
20.) spoken (I) don't mind if I do
old-fashioned used humorously to accept something such as food or drink that has been offered to you
21.) ¦(TAKE CARE OF SOMETHING/SOMEBODY)¦ [T]
BrE
a) to be responsible for something for a short time
= ↑watch
Will you mind my bag while I buy my ticket?
b) to take care of a child while their parents are not there
= ↑look after
My sister minds the baby while I'm at yoga.
22.) mind the shop
BrE mind the store AmE
informal to be in charge of something, while the person who is usually in charge is not there
23.) mind your manners/language/p's and q's
to be careful about what you say or how you behave so that you do not offend anyone
She gave him a frown and told him to mind his manners.
24.) ¦(OBEY)¦ [T not in progressive]
AmE to obey someone's instructions or advice
Some dogs will mind instructions better than others.
mind out phr v
used to warn someone to be careful
Mind out. The plates are hot.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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