Definition of mind in English:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- ‘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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
English mind shares its ancient root with Latin mens ‘mind’, from which demented (mid 17th century), mental (Late Middle English), and mention derive. The mind can do many wonderful things, including ‘boggling’. The phrase the mind boggles, meaning that someone becomes astonished or overwhelmed at the thought of something, is first recorded in the 1890s. Boggle itself is probably a dialect word related to bogle ‘a phantom or goblin’ and bogey ‘an evil or mischievous spirit’. Someone may have warned you to mind your Ps and Qs, ‘be careful to behave well and avoid giving offence’. The expression has been known since the 1770s, but its exact origins are uncertain. One obvious suggestion is that it comes from a child's early days of learning to read and write, when they might find it difficult to distinguish between the two tailed letters p and q. Another idea suggests that printers had to be very careful to avoid confusing the two letters when setting metal type. Mind how you go!, meaning ‘be careful, look after yourself’, has been common in Britain since the 1940s. It was popularized by the long-running BBC TV series Dixon of Dock Green ( 1955–76), in which it was a catchphrase of the avuncular PC George Dixon, along with evening all.
be of two minds
- Be unable to decide between alternatives.Example sentences
- 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.
be of one (or a different) mind
- Share the same (or hold a different) opinion.Example sentences
- 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.
bear (or keep) in mind
- Remember and take into account: [with clause]: you need to bear in mind that the figures vary from place to placeMore example sentences
- 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.Example sentences
- 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.
come (or spring) to mind
- (Of a thought or idea) occur to someone.Example sentences
- 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.
don't mind if I do
give someone a piece of one's mind
- Tell someone what one thinks of them, especially in anger.Example sentences
- 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.
have a (or a good or half a) mind to do something
- Be very much inclined to do something: I’ve a good mind to write to the manager to complainMore example sentences
- 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.
have someone or something in mind
- Be thinking of.Example sentences
- 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.
- 9.1Intend: I had it in mind to ask you to work for meMore example sentences
- 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.
have a mind of one's own
- Be capable of independent opinion or action.Example sentences
- 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?
- 10.1(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 ownMore example sentences
- 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.
in one's mind's eye
- In one’s imagination or mental view.Example sentences
- 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.
mind over matter
- The use of willpower to overcome physical problems.Example sentences
- 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.
mind one's own business
mind one's Ps & Qs
- Be careful to behave well and avoid giving offense.[of unknown origin; said by some to refer to the care a young student must take in differentiating the tailed letters p and q]Example sentences
- As such, the stealth stingers tell the bipeds to buzz off and mind their Ps & Qs before the bees make 'em R.I.P.
- As a little girl, I was told to ‘mind your p's and q's’ and ‘be a lady’ because I was quite the tomboy.
- He's normally a quiet, sensitive little thing (just like his mum) who minds his Ps and Qs and keeps himself to himself.
mind the store
- informal Have charge of something temporarily.Example sentences
- 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.
- 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!
- But never mind; that's not important to the DC In A Nutshell theme here.
- Ah, never mind that… That is not important right now.
- Actually, I was a little ticked off during most of it because… ah, never mind, it's not important, it's just my dad.
- 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.
- 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.
not pay someone any mind
- North American Not pay someone any attention.Example sentences
- 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.
on someone's mind
- Preoccupying someone, especially in a disquieting way: new parents have many worries on their mindsMore example sentences
- 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.
an open mind
- The readiness to consider something without prejudice.Example sentences
- 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.
open one's mind to
- Be receptive to: he opened his mind to the ways of the rest of the worldMore example sentences
- You just get to taste everything, and it really opens your mind to what's out there.
- It's not necessarily that I understand all of it or believe all of it for sure, but it's opening my mind to so many more possibilities.
- Your magazine has surely opened my mind to more reasons.
out of one's mind
- Having lost control of one’s mental faculties.Example sentences
- 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.
- informal 21.1 Suffering from a particular condition to a very high degree: she was bored out of her mindMore example sentences
- 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.
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 jockeyMore example sentences
remind of, recall, conjure up, suggest;resemble, look like
- 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.
- The phenomenon puts me in mind of that famous Palestinian pastime of coming up with a magical solution to the ‘Palestinian problem’, as though it were a riddle that required a single original answer.
put (or set) one's mind to
- Direct all one’s attention to (achieving something): she’d have made an excellent dancer, if she’d have put her mind to itMore example sentences
- 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.
put someone/something out of one's mind
- Deliberately forget someone or something.Example sentences
- 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.
to my mind
- In my opinion: this story is, to my mind, a masterpieceMore example sentences
- 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.
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