verb (past and past participle felt /fɛlt/)[with object]
- 1Be aware of (a person or object) through touching or being touched: she felt someone touch her shoulder you can feel the soft grass beneath your feetMore example sentences
- Both of them were pacing around the beach, feeling the hot sand beneath their cold feet.
- He suddenly felt his brother's hand on his arm.
- I can almost feel the texture of candyfloss in my hair or the stickiness of a toffee apple all over my face.
- 1.1Be aware of (something happening) through physical sensation: she felt the ground give way beneath herMore example sentences
- Lise felt the vibrations on the ground coming closer.
- While it is still winter, we can start to feel the change in climate upon us.
- I didn't know what was going on, but apparently they had felt the vibrations from the quake and come out of the sand.
- 1.2Examine or search by touch: he touched her head and felt her hair [no object]: he felt around for the matchesMore example sentences
- Mac ran a hand over his short hair, then gently felt the bump on the back of his head.
- I felt around under the bed for some kind of weapon: if they made one more move on him it'd be their last.
- I felt around and found some old newspapers and tried to cover myself.
- 1.3 [no object] Be capable of sensation: the dead cannot feelMore example sentences
- I don't feel, can't feel, don't want to feel.
- Collections of people do not have unique consciousness or identities: ‘society’ and ‘the people’ do not feel, need, think, or have rights.
- 1.4 [no object, with complement] Give a sensation of a particular physical quality when touched: the wool feels softMore example sentences
- Rest assured that the material used in this is of a much higher quality, and feels good to the touch.
- I continued to feel relaxed all evening, my face had a healthy glow and my skin had never felt softer.
- Remove the garlic and continue cooking the aubergine for a further ten minutes, or until it feels soft and the skin is charred and black.
- 1.5 (feel something out) • informal Investigate something cautiously: they want to feel out the situationMore example sentences
- They were cautiously feeling things out, but when the conversation didn't blow up in their faces, their voices grew more confident.
- After you feel the situation out you can take appropriate action.
- An analyst reported that elements in the army were feeling out support from foreign governments for a move against the president.
- 1.6 (feel someone up) • informal Fondle someone surreptitiously and without their consent, for one’s own sexual stimulation.More example sentences
- So, if you want to get close, maybe try to feel out her worldview before you feel her up.
- They groped us, felt us up and thrust their pelvic regions into our backsides.
- Yeah, he was just feeling you up and getting off with you!
- 2Experience (an emotion or sensation): I felt a sense of excitement [no object, with complement]: she started to feel really sick it felt odd to be alone again [no object]: we feel very strongly about freedom of expressionMore example sentences
- He might feel shock or surprise or perhaps amusement, and I did not want my gift to give rise to any of these thoughts in him.
- Reddish tints gleamed in her hair, and he felt the urge to run his hands through it.
- They both grinned at me and I suddenly felt uncomfortable under their gazes.
- 2.1 [no object, with complement] Consider oneself to be in a particular state or exhibiting particular qualities: he doesn’t feel obliged to visit every weekend she felt such a foolMore example sentences
- The survey highlighted that 68 per cent of the residents feel safer now than they did before the Neighbourhood Wardens started.
- Parents feel helpless in today's changing world and wonder how to cope with the truant child.
- There's no gate at the entrance and students just don't feel safe.
- 2.2 [no object] (feel up to) Have the strength and energy to do or deal with: after the accident she didn’t feel up to drivingMore example sentences
- She asked if we needed any help, and I said we could maybe use a hand if she felt up to it.
- I have not felt up to writing this description of events until today.
- Be gentle with yourself if you don't feel up to exercising.
- 2.3 [usually with negative] (feel oneself) Be healthy and well: Ruth was not quite feeling herselfMore example sentences
- I wasn't really concentrating and I wasn't feeling myself.
- Two decades ago she was a highly driven academic - until the fateful morning when she got out of bed feeling not quite herself.
- 2.4Be strongly affected by: he didn’t feel the loss of his mother so keenly investors who have felt the effects of the recessionMore example sentences
- Art is a luxury, so our industry often feels an economic downturn before other industries.
- As a committed family man he would have felt those tragedies keenly.
- When trading started again on Monday morning, the financial impact of the failure was quickly felt.
- 2.5 [no object] (feel for) Have compassion for: poor woman—I do feel for herMore example sentences
- People have truly felt for the victims and responded with money and in other ways.
- We feel deeply for the plight of the refugees.
- He does not feel for the families of the dead or for the thirty-five million of us who live in poverty.
- 3 [with clause] Have a belief or impression, especially without an identifiable reason: she felt that the woman positively disliked herMore example sentences
- Lesley now feels her search has hit a brick wall and would desperately like help or advice on how to take it further.
- Probably only two seconds had gone by, but it felt like an eternity.
- I knew there were lots of things I wasn't doing right but I always felt I was capable of it, you know?
- 3.1Hold an opinion: I felt I could make a useful contributionMore example sentences
- Former party official Matthew Taylor feels that conference has become ‘ritualistic and pointless’.
- In the end, Lee felt the parties were looking to exploit his difficulties for publicity.
- Interviews with a number of children and their parents emphasised how successful they felt the event to be.
noun[usually in singular] Back to top
- 1An act of touching something to examine it.More example sentences
- I let him have a feel of my hair and kept saying ‘it's a bit of a shock, isn't it?’ (must have been terrifying for a two year old!).
- At 11.25 I wondered if I had any spots that might need squeezing and had a feel round my face.
- The girls were dancing about and the men were trying to get a feel as they walked by, and things were getting out of hand.
- 1.1 [mass noun] The sense of touch: he worked by feel rather than using his eyesMore example sentences
- Their bumpy quality comes from the raised relief so blind people can identify different bills by feel.
- The best way to tell a ripe avocado is by feel.
- It was fairly rough to the feel, and looked like it had been made out of crushed granite, cement, and water mixed together.
- 2A sensation given by an object or material when touched: nylon cloth with a cotton feelMore example sentences
- The fabric is made of 43% polyester and 57% combed cotton, with a cotton-rich feel.
- It was a light gray coat made of a material that had the feel of soft fur, but the look of well-made leather.
- Polyurethane is extremely light and has the feel of hardened styrene foam.
- 2.1The impression given by something: a cafe with a cosmopolitan feelMore example sentences
- But the film's authentic feel is undermined by a series of political compromises.
- The seats are very close together, and this lends an intimate, crowded feel to the place.
- The first is to give an overall feel of the film.
feel one's age
- Become aware that one is growing older and less energetic.More example sentences
- He misses her terribly, and for the first time, he is truly feeling his age.
- I most certainly do not feel my age but we are made to feel that we are well and truly past it.
- He doesn't feel his age, 61, and loves performing and meeting the fans that still flock to these performances.
feel free (to do something)
- Have no hesitation or shyness (often used as an invitation or for reassurance): feel free to say what you likeMore example sentences
- I hope you will feel free to contact me with your ideas and questions.
- You can only choose one director, but feel free to discuss or criticize others' choices.
- And if something doesn't work, then feel free to change it, or make something else that does work.
feel like (doing) something
- Be inclined to have or do: I feel like celebratingMore example sentences
- I felt like crying most of Sunday and Monday, but that's normal.
- After dinner we felt like a drink.
- He tried to joke, but I just did not feel like laughing.
feel one's oats
- see oat.
feel the pinch
- see pinch.
feel the pulse of
- see pulse1.
- see small.
feel one's way
- Find one’s way by touch rather than sight: he felt his way back to the stairsMore example sentences
- Knowing the layout well enough to find the cups in the dark, she felt her way around.
- He placed a hand on either side of the tunnel trying to feel his way down the stairway.
- A mouse uses its whiskers to feel its way around.
- Proceed cautiously, especially in a situation that is unfamiliar: she was new in the job, still feeling her wayMore example sentences
- You know, being new to the position, I still had to feel my way through.
- I am part of a generation which is still feeling its way.
- Its more of a guideline to feel your way into the gaming world.
get a (or the) feel for (or of)
- Become accustomed to: you can explore to get a feel of the placeMore example sentences
- I just came down here today to take in the buzz and get the feel of the atmosphere and it was great.
- We got a feel for their lifestyle and for what was important to them.
- That's the one thing that he's been maybe a little bit slow at, just because he's still getting a feel for it.
have a feel for
- Have a sensitive appreciation or an intuitive understanding of: you have to have a feel for animalsMore example sentences
- He has always had a feel for what the audience wants and never knowingly undersells a great event or oversells a poor event.
- I really have a feel for what regular people like.
- I don't have a feel for who I think is going to win this election.
- Have a noticeable effect or influence: the economic crisis began to make itself feltMore example sentences
- The net effect is a vast area poor in resources, an effect that makes itself felt throughout the food web.
- The effects of over-consumption make themselves felt - this is acknowledged in the conclusion, but not in the body of the argument.
- First there was the effect of the recession, which began to make itself felt around midsummer.
Old English fēlan, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch voelen and German fühlen.