Share this entry


Synonyms of mind in English:


  • 1 my mind was full of dark thoughts a good teacher must stretch pupils' 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;
    head, imagination, subconscious, psyche, ego
    British informalloaf
    North American informalsmarts
    South African informalkop
    [Antonyms] body
  • 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
  • 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
  • Phrases

    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;
    British haver, hum and haw;
    Scottish swither

    bear/keep in mind

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

    bring/call to mind

    the smell brings to mind past similar experiences her strong sense of duty called to mind her grandfather
    remind one of, cause one to remember, make one think of, cause one to remember, put one in mind of, take one back to, bring/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, change one's mind;

    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 mind/head, strike one, hit one, dawn on one, come into one's consciousness, suggest itself

    give someone a piece of one's mind

    informaltell 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 informaltick off, carpet, monster, give someone a mouthful
    North American informalchew out
    British vulgar slangbollock
    North American vulgar slangchew 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!
  • 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, (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


    Back to top  
  • 1 do you mind if I smoke? I don't mind if you're late
    care, object, be bothered/troubled/annoyed, be upset, be offended, take offence, be affronted, be resentful, disapprove, resent it, dislike it, look askance
    informalgive/care a damn, give/care a toss, give/care a hoot, give a monkey's, give/care a rap, give a tinker's curse/damn
    vulgar slanggive 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
    [Antonyms] ignore, miss
  • 3 mind you wipe your feet before you come in
    be/make sure (that), see (that), take care that;
    remember to, be/make sure to, don't forget to, take care to
    [Antonyms] forget
  • 4 she left her husband to mind the baby
    [Antonyms] neglect
  • 5 mind what your mother says
    pay attention to, take heed of, heed, pay heed to, attend to, take note/notice of, be heedful of, note, mark, concentrate on, listen to, observe, have regard for, respect, be mindful of;
    [Antonyms] disregard, take no notice of
  • Phrases

    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
  • Word links

    mental, cognitive relating to the mind
    psychology study of the mind
    psychiatry branch of medicine to do with the mind

    Definition of mind in:

    Share this entry


    What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

    Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

    Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

    Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources