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

    ‘his keen mind’
    • ‘The Virgo-Virgos have keen intelligence and fine minds.’
    • ‘Bob has a keen mind and a wicked sense of humour so add it to your must-view list.’
    • ‘An analytical mind and the ability to get on with people is essential.’
    • ‘All that you need is a curious mind, and the ability to absorb various kinds of trivia.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The mind or intellect seems to be enfeebled by sentiment as your head and heart tug you in different directions.’
    • ‘We should apply our minds and reason rather than play with passion.’
    • ‘Staff and faculty, books and projects are all helping us to master our intellects and expand our minds.’
    • ‘However, you will be expected to use your mind and exercise your sense of humour.’
    • ‘With an analytical mind and a photographic memory for names and dates, Brian Lane was a First Class detective.’
    • ‘Like all people given to the life of the mind, Kant was in need of the discipline that he imposed on himself.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His aides speak in hushed tones about his ferocious mind, acute attention to detail and a gimlet eye for a deal.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’
      • ‘Memories raced through his mind, thoughts of the joy Isaac had brought to his life.’
      • ‘Before leaving, take a second look to engrave in your mind and heart the memories of this tranquil place.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It stayed in my mind like his memory stayed in the minds of his family.’
      • ‘The vividness of both names made it easy for them to be inscribed in locals' minds and memories.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I probably would have hoped that famine was soon to become a fading memory in the minds of elderly people.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Driving through the town in the early morning so many thoughts and memories raced through my mind.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘And eerie images linger in the minds and memories, making picture editing a challenging task.’
      • ‘A few nights ago, just as I was going to bed, it popped into my mind for no apparent reason.’
      • ‘That line had come into your mind for no apparent reason and then you had the answer.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      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’
      • ‘On July 1, 2003, the faculty at the University of Waterloo will be joined by one of Canada's leading academics and brightest minds.’
      • ‘These are a few of the big ideas being vigorously researched and heatedly discussed by some of the brightest minds in academe.’
      • ‘I'll leave that to the great intellectual minds to figure out.’
      • ‘They're not exactly the brightest minds in the ‘intelligence’ biz, are they?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The idea is to move the brightest minds in academia temporarily into these ‘lablets’ and focus on long-term projects.’
      • ‘In the competition for the minds that produce intellectual capital, they are at a distinct disadvantage.’
      • ‘It's not confined to the books concentrating on improving young minds, bodies and spirits which are disappearing off the shelves.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Suspicious minds can wonder if that was the strategic intent.’
      • ‘The idea of life long learning has always attracted the attention of outstanding minds.’
      • ‘When he launched into a diatribe about the influence of romance books on impressionable minds, one female member of the audience had had enough.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We need keen intellects and educated minds to weigh decisions that could mean life or death to millions and dictate the unforeseeable future.’
      • ‘Taken together, these two benefits will enable millions of minds to work together far more effectively than ever before.’
      • ‘Parents and teachers can play a vital role in bringing a social consciousness to young minds.’
      • ‘This loss of sharp and influential minds has left the physical and social sciences in a poorer state than they need be.’
      • ‘Such an environment, Laflamme said, will attract leading minds in theoretical physics.’
      • ‘Child-Ich aims to focus young minds on achieving goals and developing more positive mental attitudes.’
      • ‘The creative minds behind building designs across York and North Yorkshire were celebrating today after scooping an armful of gongs for architectural excellence.’
      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’
    • ‘We have to turn our minds and attention to the serious challenge about what to do about social conditions.’
    • ‘What concentrates the mind wonderfully is the knowledge that you must have it and you can't afford it.’
    • ‘An atmosphere of frenzied but good-natured co-operation prevails; with so much to get through, our minds are concentrated wonderfully.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is Labour MPs from deprived constituencies, their minds now concentrated by reduced majorities, who will lead the charge.’
    • ‘As boss of these papers, such parlous statistics should be concentrating his mind wonderfully.’
    • ‘She banished it from her mind and turned her attention on the man speaking to her.’
    • ‘She pushed it from her mind and focused her attention back on what Giriad was saying.’
    • ‘It was emblazoned on the front cover of a Vogue magazine that a thoughtful friend had brought to take her mind off the pain.’
    • ‘That gloomy thought ought to concentrate minds in western capitals.’
    • ‘Now, Labour is sorely divided too, but success and power tend to concentrate minds, at least for a while.’
    • ‘Knowing there are no second chances concentrates the mind wonderfully.’
    • ‘I tried to take my mind off the discomfort and occasional pain I was feeling.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Victor now turns his mind to the mysterious processes of decay and degeneration in animal tissue.’
    • ‘Being fully engrossed in the creative process keeps the mind in the present moment.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    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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/mīnd/ /maɪnd/

transitive verb

[with object]
  • 1often with negative Be distressed, annoyed, or worried by.

    ‘I don't mind the rain’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It was a lovely damp grey Cornish morning, lovely if you don't mind rain, which I don't.’
    • ‘The golden lab bounds over, not minding the rain against his water repellant coat, and gladly enters Frank's tent.’
    • ‘She was covered in two jackets as I held her hand not even minding the drops of rain on my shoulders.’
    • ‘Of course, I like to watch films with people who don't mind my evil cackles at inappropriate moments.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘Finally I ask him if he minds his nickname - ‘Moonbat’?’
    • ‘I didn't care I kept yelling and screaming, never minding the pain of my ankle.’
    • ‘I'm a gambler per se, one who enjoys winning much more than he minds losing.’
    • ‘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 have to stop minding being teased,’ I said, ‘and no one will tease you.’’
    • ‘I was feeling quite pleased with myself for being in the right place at the right time and for not minding getting dirty.’
    • ‘Mayo never minded playing Galway in Pearse Stadium in Salthill.’
    • ‘‘You know, I never really minded losing to England,’ Wood's friend had said, ‘so long as we gave you a good kicking.’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1Have an objection to.
      ‘what does that mean, if you don't mind my asking?’
      • ‘do you mind if I have a cigarette?’
      • ‘I wondered if he minded me reading them, and decided I didn't care.’
      • ‘I do indeed care that he's pro-Europe, although I mind more about his position in BAT.’
      • ‘If the people I am visiting really care about my family's health then they do not mind this one small favour.’
      • ‘She didn't care who saw, and no one minded anyway.’
      • ‘They asked me several times if I minded, but I told them I really did not care at all.’
      • ‘If you don't mind, you can stay and watch, bring a book or something in case you get bored.’
      • ‘I didn't really mind cause I got to watch all the people running around getting ready for the show.’
      • ‘She was always getting stuck watching them, not that she minded much, but it seemed like it consumed her life.’
      • ‘So true Hindus should not mind if some such local rituals are not observed everywhere else.’
      • ‘She didn't mind, she just watched him and hoped that he'd come and say something to her.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘At one point Burge asked if Patrick minded being put on hold while he made dinner reservations for his son's 30th birthday celebration.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Snaith suggested there was a clear difference between comedians - many of whom would not mind their blunders going on public view - and actors.’
      • ‘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.’
      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. 1.2mind doing somethingwith negative or in questions Be reluctant to do something (often used in polite requests)
      ‘I don't mind admitting I was worried’
      • ‘It takes a lot to rattle Ms Garrett, but she doesn't mind admitting she's 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.’
      • ‘Our dog never minds going for his boosters there.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Tumhari Amrita is a play every socialite, theatre goer, artiste never minds watching again.’
      • ‘Not that Alliance Trust, the venerable investment trust company, minds keeping its head below the parapet.’
      • ‘No one minds paying to park but if you are working here in the town, you have no place to park in the morning.’
      • ‘No one minds throwing these items away once the seams start to fray, but what if you're buying the real deal?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘You must not have minded doing the second part of that scene for real.’
      • ‘This scenario constitutes an excellent example of the reason I've not minded scaling back the hardware aspect of my consulting business.’
      • ‘One would not mind eating bugs if the camera was on us.’
      • ‘If the fans want interleague play, I think it would be interesting and would not mind playing games against the other league.’
      flinch, demur, recoil, hang back
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    3. 1.3would not mind something informal Used to express one's strong enthusiasm for something.
      • ‘I wouldn't mind some coaching from him!’
      • ‘I would not mind a fling in the wilderness with said co-worker.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I wonder whether the Hon Peter Dunne was right in his interpretation of Standing Orders, and I would not mind some guidance on it.’
      • ‘Moreover, the benevolent Rama would not mind a temple in the adjacent street in Ayodhya instead of the disputed spot, would he?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Although she loved Nick with all her heart, she certainly would not mind a little flirtation with this captain!’
      • ‘Interesting reading; I enjoyed Bryan Singer and Tom DeSanto's approach very much, but I wouldn't have minded seeing Chabon's script too.’
      • ‘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.’
  • 2often with negative Regard as important; feel concern about.

    ‘never mind the opinion polls’
    • ‘why should she mind about a few snubs from people she didn't care for?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If you're friends, why do you mind the possibility of her dating Seth so much?’
    • ‘We work hard and don't mind the long hours.’
    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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  • 3with clause, in imperative Used to urge someone to remember or take care to bring about something.

    ‘mind you look after the children’
    • ‘And mind you lock your door.’
    • ‘Mind you look where she ended up!’
    • ‘I am absolutely knackered, and I suppose I should write this; mind you it's quarter to ten!’
    • ‘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.’
    be sure, make sure, be sure that, make sure that, see, see that, take care that
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    1. 3.1in 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.’
      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
      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
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    2. 3.2 informal no object, in imperative 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!’
    3. 3.3in imperative Be careful about the quality or nature of.
      ‘mind your manners!’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Then at the restaurant one has to mind one's manners, no slurping, grunting, farting or burping.’
      • ‘Divers have spent the past three months with the sharks, teaching them to mind their manners.’
      • ‘Now, you mind your manners young man, or there'll be no meatloaf leftovers for supper.’
      • ‘Well, I think you would probably look better when you keep your mouth shut and mind your 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.’
      • ‘In fact, they'd even had several discussions with her about being civil and minding her manners.’
      • ‘I got up from my seat and ran toward the door, not even minding my manners.’
      • ‘However, I minded my manners and offered her a drink.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He would have been swiftly told to mind his manners had he tried to.’
      • ‘Every parent experiences that moment when their children, instead of minding their manners, appear to have misplaced them.’
      • ‘Most importantly, mind the language that you choose to use when speaking with others.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This time Jedidah took care to eat slowly and neatly this time and minded her posture.’
    4. 3.4also mind youno object, in imperative Used to introduce a qualification to a previous statement.
      ‘we've got some decorations up—not a lot, mind you’
      • ‘Not in a lot of detail, mind you, because it was just like every other year we spend here.’
      • ‘Not that Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl is a one star movie, mind you.’
      • ‘Not that all of us corgis get along like strawberries and cream, mind you.’
      • ‘Not because I'm a purist, mind you, but because it's beginning to seem really tired.’
      • ‘Not just cute samples, mind you, but a thorough fusion of hip hop technique and Havana tradition.’
      • ‘Not, mind you, that this duo are the only ones we will have to worry about.’
      • ‘The same, mind you, was said of the national side when they beat Holland at Hampden, and we know what happened after that.’
      • ‘Only Alice and Dubey, mind you, are admitted to the inner circle, not the others.’
      • ‘That's not to say I won't forgive a lacking in one where the other is outstanding, mind you.’
      • ‘Not that it bears any resemblance to the original television series, mind you.’
      • ‘Not his thing, mind you, but he thinks it's time to reconsider the marijuana laws just the same.’
      • ‘Not, mind you, that Ken and Paul can reasonably be expected to do it all over the seventy minutes.’
      • ‘Nothing that's very exciting, mind you, but I think you've come to expect that.’
      • ‘Nothing strenuous, mind you, but he is expected to pick up the opposition defenders when they come forward.’
      • ‘She certainly doesn't seem overly concerned about it, mind you, even if most of her friends are hooked up.’
      • ‘The Radiator represents suicide, not death mind you, but the actual act of suicide.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I didn't want to eat any of them, mind you, I just wanted to gobble up the display with my eyes.’
      • ‘I decided to take Rock out, and put some toys, quiet toys mind you, on the floor for him.’
      • ‘The ocean also has its secrets which it is rapidly giving up, mind you, thanks to the ingenuity of the human race.’
    5. 3.5North American, Irish Be obedient to.
      ‘you think about how much Cal does for you, and you mind her, you hear?’
      • ‘‘When your mother returns,’ he said, ‘make sure that you mind her better’.’
      • ‘You need to mind me because I love you and know what is best for you.’
      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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    6. 3.6Scottish Remember.
      ‘I mind the time when he lost his false teeth’
      • ‘'I mind the time,' said the first speaker, 'when she would have done the same, and made rare fun of it afterwards.'’
      • ‘Do you mind the time you dyed your hair?"’
      recall, call to mind, recollect, think of
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  • 4Take care of temporarily.

    ‘we left our husbands to mind the children while we went out’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘One thing is recommended is to leave the husband at home to mind the children!’
    • ‘In other words, the husband stays home to mind the kids while his wife earns the bacon.’
    • ‘‘Within 13 weeks of starting training, and while I was still a rookie warder, I was the sole guard minding Huntley,’ he wrote.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The member on duty minds a ‘kit’, which includes oxygen, a defibrillator for heart-attack victims, bandages, radio and pager for callouts.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This allegation concerned a child who had been minded by Mrs LM.’
    • ‘The old rooks are left behind to watch the young and mind the house during the day.’
    • ‘Seamus stayed at home to mind his mother and also to take care of the land.’
    • ‘He motioned for his apprentice to mind the front as he disappeared into the back.’
    • ‘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.’
    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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  • 5be mindedwith 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.’
    • ‘He was entertaining, too, if he was so minded.’
    • ‘I'm not particularly minded to watch whales myself, but I suppose it beats working for a living.’



/mīnd/ /maɪnd/


    I don't mind if I do
    • Used to accept an invitation.

      • ‘‘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.’’
      • ‘‘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.’
    an open mind
    • The readiness to consider something without prejudice.

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

      • ‘I realize some people are of a different mind on this topic’
    be of one mind
    • Share the same opinion.

      ‘they are of one mind on the need to bring new blood into the political party’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He believed that they were of one mind when it came to dealing forthrightly with the news media.’
      • ‘Yoroku, however, was of a different mind and opposed the idea.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I don't think we have to be of one mind to be of one faith.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Why should people in the Maori community all be of one mind?’
      • ‘There is no reason why Catholics must be of one mind on all matters of public policy.’
      • ‘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.’
    be of two minds
    • Be unable to decide between alternatives.

      ‘I was in two minds whether to write this blog or not.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 whether to go banging on doors to ask people why they were opposed to the location.’
      • ‘Ever since then, Republicans have been of two minds about how to respond.’
      • ‘Of course, the president has always appeared to be of two minds about reading.’
      • ‘The government clearly seems to be of two minds about how quickly it wants to move and how much it wants to move.’
      • ‘I was in two minds about whether I should go or not.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
    bear something in mind
    • Remember a fact or circumstance and take it 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.’
    close one's mind to
    • Refuse to consider or acknowledge.

      ‘she closed her mind against his disapproval’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I shut my mind to the terrible sights all around me.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It s too easy to close your mind to the day the payments will start.’
      • ‘Margaret admitted to being sick with nerves throughout Sunday and tried to close her mind to the speculation around her.’
      • ‘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.’
    come to mind
    • (of a thought or idea) occur to someone.

      ‘the idea of global warming comes to mind when we see what's happening’
      • ‘Carry a notebook so you can jot down ideas that spring to mind.’
      • ‘It's where I find ideas coming to mind in an uncluttered, unhurried way, without pressure or contrivance.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The idea of a fundraising walk sprang to mind readily and the friends set about canvassing family and friends for sponsorship.’
      • ‘But as I thought, an even more wicked idea sprang 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 Thai fish cakes are an example that springs to mind.’
      • ‘These days, whenever we think of an archeologist, that whip-cracking adventurer Indiana Jones springs to mind.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘There isn't any music that springs to mind when I think of it.’
    give someone a piece of one's mind
    • Tell someone what one thinks of them, especially in anger.

      • ‘some youths were making a noise and she went out to give them a piece of her 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 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I rang her up, gave her a piece of my mind and we haven't spoken since.’
      • ‘I've often felt like marching into various offices and singling out the culprits and giving them a piece of my mind.’
      • ‘Josh, however, wasn't finished giving me a piece of his mind.’
      • ‘That Lila, always giving me a piece of her mind.’
    have a mind of one's own
    • 1Be capable of independent opinion or action.

      ‘he has a mind of his own and does not accept cant’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Yes, but she has a mind of her own and is too independent for most men's taste.’
      • ‘Why should I be punished for having a mind of my own, and the will to express it?’
      • ‘You have a mind of your own and don't like to do what you're told to do.’
      • ‘It is not enough to have a mind of your own, for you need to have a bank account of your own too.’
      • ‘You know, he - I've known him since Vietnam, a very brave reporter there, and he has a mind of his own.’
      • ‘This gutsy, dusky, ebullient star has a mind of her own.’
      • ‘But she has a mind of her own and believes women need to walk along with men and not behind.’
      • ‘‘From the very beginning, Jennifer had a mind of her own,’ Mr. Lendor said.’
      • ‘The lawyer suggested that her resilience under police questioning showed that she had 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’
        • ‘Just like supermarket trolleys, baggage trolleys 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.’
        • ‘The cost wasn't prohibitive but Italian websites 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.’
        • ‘It doesn't take much wind for them to seem like they have a mind of their own.’
        • ‘You have to get your mind in synch with your fingers - and sometimes your fingers have a mind of their own!’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘Fabric is notorious for misbehaving and props have a mind of their own.’
    have half a mind to do something
    • Be very much inclined to do something.

      ‘I have half a mind to write them a strongly worded letter’
      • ‘I've a good mind to write to the manager to complain’
      • ‘Good lord, I have half a mind to send this to your boss.’
      • ‘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 suggest to the tourist people that they should designate our roadworks as visitor attractions.’
      • ‘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 half a mind to ring Marwell Zoo and ask if they're missing anything.’
      • ‘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.’’
      • ‘Bring that beast to me, for I have a mind to harness him like a horse, and make him work.’
      • ‘I have a good mind to go over there and rip out every single nail that was noisily hammered into boards today.’
      • ‘I have a good mind to drag management out here so they can see for themselves.’
      • ‘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.’
      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.

      ‘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'm leaning towards some kind of biography but I have no particular subject in mind.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He drove mindlessly for about fifteen minutes because he had no particular destination in mind.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘If you don't have a school in mind but still would like to participate, let us know that too.’
      • ‘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.’
      1. 1.1Intend.
        ‘I had it in mind to ask you to work for me’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘He was bottling things up, had it in mind to do something to himself.’
        • ‘Anyway, I've looked and if you had it in mind to bring down Big Ben you'd be better off with an aircraft.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘He did speak about himself - I thought he would be far more modest than that - but I had it in mind to congratulate him.’
        • ‘She had, however, by means of getting the earlier claim form had it in mind to claim.’
    in one's mind's eye
    • In one's imagination or mental view.

      ‘his face was very clear in her mind's eye’
      • ‘I can imagine, in my mind's eye, the process of how Excoffon may have developed a final pictograph.’
      • ‘He shut his eyes and tried to imagine the scene in his mind's eye as he knew it ought to look.’
      • ‘He took another, and pictured a crystal clear pool in his mind's eye.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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!’
      • ‘Then he employed his tactics in his mind's eye, imagining various scenarios which would call for certain actions.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘You don't know what's really there and what's in your mind's eye.’
    mind one's Ps & Qs
    • Be careful to behave well and avoid giving offense.

      ‘she remembered the warning to mind her Ps and Qs and kept quiet’
      • ‘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.’


      Of unknown origin; said by some to refer to the care a young pupil must pay in differentiating the tailed letters p and q.

    mind over matter
    • The use of willpower to overcome physical problems.

      ‘I don't know if it's the pills or mind over matter, but I feel different’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Your article on mind over matter was interesting, but what a pity that people will not believe things without scientific proof.’
      • ‘Exhaustion, heat rash and blisters, yet on she walked, exerting mind over matter, through the bleak and desolate Sahara Desert.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘And there is also his enduring philosophy - dating back to his playing days - of the power of mind over matter.’
      • ‘Call it mind over matter, call it compelling self assured confidence, call it what you like, but I won, and I knew I would.’
      • ‘They go to extraordinary lengths - literally - to demonstrate the achievement 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.’
    mind the store
    • Have charge of something temporarily.

      • ‘Cowdery brushes that aside, saying he will concentrate on scouting out new acquisitions, while Thompson minds the shop.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It makes sense, of course, for the SNP to send an experienced hand to mind the shop in the Commons.’
      • ‘After all, someone has to mind the shop and ensure that the people's will is the basis of government.’
      • ‘As Ansett Airlines, then one of Australia's best-known companies, slid inexorably into insolvency, no one, apparently, was even minding the shop.’
      • ‘And who is minding the shop while all this is happening?’
      • ‘Of that, Jason Sniderman, who is now minding the shop, says $6.5 million was owed to record companies.’
      • ‘Instead some of Christopher's friends and admirers will be minding the shop in his absence.’
      • ‘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.’
    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!’
    • 2

      (also never you mind)
      Used in refusing to answer a question.

      ‘never mind where I'm going’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I am now starting my second summer in Waco, doing well, never you mind what I'm doing.’
    • 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’
      • ‘But he has now gone seven years without the world championship and has not indicated a serious intention to wind down, never mind quit.’
      • ‘Hazarding a look up, I forget to breathe, never mind the coffee thing.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Have we really forgotten that domestic consumption can fluctuate, never mind that there might be such a phenomenon as an economic cycle?’
      • ‘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'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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I can barely pick up the courage to speak to other students, never mind a £4m rated football player.’
      • ‘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.’
    not pay someone any mind
    North American
    • Not pay someone any attention.

      ‘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).’
      • ‘Oh come on I can see that it bothers you that he doesn't pay you any mind anymore.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Tasha had gotten really scared when Buster came walking out the door but he didn't pay them any mind.’
      • ‘She didn't pay them any mind and went to the inn keeper and asked for a room.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘My opponent had already entered the ring but I 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.’
    on someone's mind
    • Preoccupying someone, especially in a disquieting way.

      ‘new parents have many worries on their minds’
      • ‘And I was asking the soldiers, you know, what was on your mind - what was on their mind.’
      • ‘This worry has been on my mind all the time, it's a shame I did not say no right at the start.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It is on his mind, it is also on my mind, and I am reviewing the findings about the restructuring of our steel industry.’
      • ‘And as is inevitable my mind drifts to the topic that has been on my mind for the past two months or so.’
      • ‘Tell me everything that's on your mind, everything you're afraid of, and everything you want to do about it.'’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Well, now, if that's what you got on your mind, well, you're going about it all wrong.’
    out of one's mind
    • 1Having lost control of one's mental faculties.

      ‘As time goes by, the community simply sees Mala as a crazy old woman: not only out of touch but out of her 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 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.’
      • ‘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?’’
      • ‘If you thought differently you were 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.’
      • ‘And it's like you're mad, you're out of your mind.’
      1. 1.1 informal Suffering from a particular condition to a very high degree.
        • ‘she was bored out of her mind’
        • ‘Well you always say no, even though its obvious you're bored out of your mind.’
        • ‘Besides the fact that you're scared out of your mind that this plot will come crashing down upon your ears?’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘Then you'd think you were in some enchanted forest that you get to go into everyday and be bored out of your mind.’
        • ‘Totally bored out of your mind, here are some games you can play in the field.’
        • ‘Or maybe just bored out of your mind not listening to a lecture that you do not care for.’
        • ‘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.’
    put one's mind to
    • Direct all one's attention to (achieving something)

      ‘she would've made an excellent dancer, if she'd put her mind to it’
      • ‘But I'm not surprised - everything Carol has set her mind to achieving, she's accomplished.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It really is pretty easy, once you set your mind to really giving readers the whole picture.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘Bill had the special ability to do anything he set his mind to from cooking to woodworking to fishing, golfing, winemaking, gardening and more.’
      • ‘This story proves that you can do anything you put your mind to.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
    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’
      • ‘It puts me in mind of when I spent time in Ulster a few years ago.’
      • ‘But it put me in mind of how essentially childish these office parties are.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It also puts me in mind of the intro to Bowie's Modern Love - it's those two piano chords, I think.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It puts me in mind of the time when an Australian conservative Prime Minister voted himself out of office.’
    put someone or something out of one's mind
    • Deliberately forget someone or something.

      ‘she tried to put him out of her mind as she drove’
      • ‘I simply put the pain out of my mind and forgot about it.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Robert shrugged and put the goblins out of his 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.’
      • ‘The trepidation makes me feel queasy, so I cope by putting it out of my mind so that's enough about that.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But I still couldn't put the question out of my mind.’
      • ‘It is highly unlikely that the person who drove off with Stephanie will have been able to put this situation out of his mind.’
    rub minds
    • Engage in a discussion or exchange of ideas with someone.

      ‘it affords them the opportunity to rub minds with the lawmakers’
      • ‘the conference is an avenue to rub minds together’
    to my mind
    • In my opinion.

      ‘this story is, to my mind, a masterpiece’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘To call a person a liar, is, to my mind, the most serious and damning thing that a person can do.’
      • ‘So the practical position seems, to my mind, to be clear: such a programme should not at present go ahead.’
      • ‘In so doing, Dr Joseph has, to my mind, devalued the currency of his doctoral robes.’
      • ‘There is a curious sub-group of our species that, to my mind, is as puzzling as plane-spotters.’
      • ‘It's been a predictable hot-ticket and, to my mind, a rather more surprising critical rave.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Worst of all, to my mind, is the appalling waste of natural fish stocks required to feed the farmed industry.’
      • ‘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.’


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’.