Definition of mental in English:

mental

Line breaks: men¦tal
Pronunciation: /ˈmɛnt(ə)l
 
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adjective

  • 1Relating to the mind: mental faculties mental phenomena
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    • Brentano did in fact hold that every mental phenomenon is an object of inner consciousness.
    • Why do you invest even one brain cell of your mental capital on figuring out his motivation?
    • The illness of a relative meant that we, his family, were fully aware of his abhorrence of the loss of mental faculty.
    Synonyms
    intellectual, cerebral, brain, rational, psychological, cognitive, abstract, conceptual, theoretical
    rare mindly, phrenic
  • 1.1Done by or occurring in the mind: a quick mental calculation she made a mental note to ring him later
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    • I made a mental note to ring her back and let her know about all that was going on.
    • She made a mental note on her mind to inquire about his personal life more when she sees him again.
    • Not especially in a mood to linger and look around I made a mental note to return in a better frame of mind.
  • 2Of or relating to disorders of the mind: a mental hospital
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    • During her time as a patient no treatment for mental disorder or illness was given.
    • Indeed, psychiatrists do not talk of insanity but prefer to use terms such as mental illness or mental disorder.
    • Nowadays, music is both applied for patients with mental disorders and healthy people.
    Synonyms
  • 2.1 [predic.] informal Mad; insane: I think he was a little worried that I might be mental
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    • That's one of the dangers for young actors - you get a bit of financial success and you go mental and blow it all.
    • As a symbol of Stein's greatness and a cue for the home fans to go mental, nothing beats the sight of that big silver pot.
    • I've never really got into them that much, so I let other people go mental and bought a couple of beers.

Phrases

go mental

informal Lose one’s self-control, typically as a result of anger or excitement: the home crowd were going mental
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  • By day nine or 10 I was starting to go mental. "
  • For five weeks of the year everyone goes mental.
  • The uncertainty of employment can make someone go mental.

Origin

late Middle English: from late Latin mentalis, from Latin mens, ment- 'mind'.

Usage

The use of mental in compounds such as mental hospital and mental patient was the normal accepted term in the first half of the 20th century. It is now, however, regarded as old-fashioned, sometimes even offensive, and has been largely replaced by the term psychiatric in both general and official use.

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