ability to think
the part of a person that makes them able to be aware of things, to think and to feel
the conscious/subconscious mind
There were all kinds of thoughts running through my mind.
There was no doubt in his mind that he'd get the job.
‘Drugs’ are associated in most people's minds with drug abuse.
She was in a disturbed state of mind .
I could not have complete peace of mind before they returned.
your ability to think and reason; your intelligence; the particular way that sb thinks
有非凡的智力 / 良好的思考能力 / 敏锐的头脑
to have a brilliant/good/keen mind
a creative/evil/suspicious mind
She had a lively and enquiring mind.
His mind is as sharp as ever.
I've no idea how her mind works!
He had the body of a man and the mind of a child.
insights into the criminal mind
a person who is very intelligent
She was one of the greatest minds of her generation.
your thoughts, interest, etc.
Keep your mind on your work!
Her mind is completely occupied by the new baby.
The lecture dragged on and my mind wandered.
He gave his mind to the arrangements for the next day.
As for avoiding you, nothing could be further from my mind (= I was not thinking of it at all) .
your ability to remember things
When I saw the exam questions my mind just went blank (= I couldn't remember anything) .
Sorry─your name has gone right out of my mind.
to be sth that only exists in sb's imagination
These problems are all in your mind, you know.
to remember sb/sth; to remember or consider that…
to be extremely bored, etc.
to be unable to think or behave in a normal way; to become crazy
You're lending them money? You must be out of your tiny mind!
to be unable to decide what you think about sb/sth, or whether to do sth or not
I was in two minds about the book (= I didn't know if I liked it or not) .
She's in two minds about accepting his invitation.
to have the same opinion about sb/sth
to be extremely worried, etc.
to remember sb/sth
She couldn't call to mind where she had seen him before.
to remind you of sb/sth
The painting brings to mind some of Picasso's early works.
if sth comes/springs to mind , you suddenly remember or think of it
When discussing influential modern artists, three names immediately come to mind.
used to say that you think you will do sth, although you are not sure
I've half a mind to come with you tomorrow.
used to say that you disapprove of what sb has done and should do sth about it, although you probably will not
I've a good mind to write and tell your parents about it.
to be thinking of sb/sth, especially for a particular job, etc.
Do you have anyone in mind for this job?
Watching TV all evening wasn't exactly what I had in mind!
to intend to do sth
to have your own opinion and make your own decisions without being influenced by other people
She has a mind of her own and isn't afraid to say what she thinks.
My computer seems to have a mind of its own!
to become mentally ill
to decide sth
They're both beautiful─I can't make up my mind.
Have you made up your minds where to go for your honeymoon?
You'll never persuade him to stay─his mind's made up (= he has definitely decided to go) .
Come on─it's make your mind up time !
the use of the power of your mind to deal with physical problems
He pictured the scene in his mind's eye.
if sb/sth is on your mind , you are thinking and worrying about them/it a lot
You've been on my mind all day.
Don't bother your father tonight─he's got a lot on his mind .
to stop thinking about sb/sth; to deliberately forget sb/sth
I just can't get her out of my mind.
to make sb think of sb/sth; to remind sb of sb/sth
to do or say sth to make sb stop worrying about sth
to decide you want to achieve sth and give this all your attention
She could have been a brilliant pianist if she'd put her mind to it.
to make you forget about sth unpleasant for a short time
in my opinion
It was a ridiculous thing to do, to my mind.
to think very hard about or put a lot of effort into one particular thing
to produce a very strong pleasant or shocking feeling
Wait till you hear this. It'll blow your mind.
if sth boggles the mind or the mind boggles at it, it is so unusual that people find it hard to imagine or accept
The vastness of space really boggles the mind.
‘He says he's married to his cats!’ ‘The mind boggles!’
to change a decision or an opinion
Nothing will make me change my mind.
to refuse to think about sth as a possibility
of thoughts, etc.
to come into your mind
It never crossed my mind that she might lose (= I was sure that she would win) .
used to say that you and another person must both be very clever because you have had the same idea or agree about sth
to have very firm ideas about what you want to do
a close understanding between people with similar ideas, especially when they meet to do sth or meet for the first time
to be willing to listen to or accept new ideas or suggestions
to become or make sb aware of new ideas or experiences
to tell sb that you disapprove of their behaviour or are angry with them
of a thought, problem, etc.
to make sb think and worry about it all the time
to try to forget about sth unpleasant
I tried to push the thought to the back of my mind.
(not) mentally normal
used to say sb will quickly be forgotten when they are no longer with you
if sth slips your mind , you forget it or forget to do it
to say exactly what you think, in a very direct way
of a memory, an image, etc.
to be remembered for a long time
One of his paintings in particular sticks in my mind.
a particular way of thinking about things
not responsible for your actions because of a mental illness
used especially in questions or with negatives; not used in the passive
to be upset, annoyed or worried by sth
I don't mind the cold─it's the rain I don't like.
I hope you don't mind the noise.
Did she mind about not getting the job?
Did she mind not getting the job?
He wouldn't have minded so much if she'd told him the truth.
Do your parents mind you leaving home?
Do your parents mind your leaving home?
She never minded how hot it was.
He minded that he hadn't been asked.
used to ask for permission to do sth, or to ask sb in a polite way to do sth
Do you mind if I open the window?
Are you married, if you don't mind me asking?
Are you married, if you don't mind my asking?
Would you mind explaining that again, please?
Do you mind driving? I'm feeling pretty tired.
to not care or not be concerned about sth
‘Would you like tea or coffee?’ ‘I don't mind─either's fine.’
Don't mind her─she didn't mean what she said.
Don't mind me (= don't let me disturb you) ─I'll just sit here quietly.
to be willing to do sth
I don't mind helping if you can't find anyone else.
used to tell sb to be careful about sth or warn them about a danger
Mind (= Don't fall on) that step!
Mind your head! (= for example, be careful you don't hit it on a low ceiling)
Mind your language! (= don't speak in a rude or offensive way)
Mind how you go! (= often used when you say goodbye to sb)
Mind where you're treading!
Mind you don't cut yourself─that knife's very sharp.
You must be home for dinner, mind.
to pay attention to what sb says, and obey them
And the moral of the story is: always mind your mother!
take care of
to take care of sb/sth
Who's minding the children this evening?
Could you mind my bags for a moment?
used to show that you are annoyed about sth that sb has just said or done
Do you mind? I was here before you.
used to emphasize what you are saying, especially when you are talking about sth that may be embarrassing for you
I was scared, I don't mind telling you!
used to say politely that you would like sth you have been offered
‘Cup of tea, Brian?’ ‘I don't mind if I do.’
used to check that sb does not object to sth you want to do, or to ask sb politely to do sth
I'd like to ask you a few questions, if you don't mind.
Can you read that form carefully, if you wouldn't mind, and then sign it.
used to show that you object to sth that sb has said or done
I give the orders around here, if you don't mind.
used to refuse an offer politely
‘Will you come with us tonight?’ ‘I won't, if you don't mind─I've got a lot of work to do.’
used when you are going to criticize sb or say sth that might upset them
That colour doesn't really suit you, if you don't mind my saying so.
used to say politely that you would very much like sth/to do sth
I wouldn't mind a cup of coffee, if it's no trouble.
I wouldn't mind having his money!
to think about your own affairs and not ask questions about or try to get involved in other people's lives
‘What are you reading?’ ‘Mind your own business!’
I was just sitting there, minding my own business, when a man started shouting at me.
to be in charge of sth for a short time while sb is away
Who's minding the shop while the boss is abroad?
used to add sth to what you have just said, especially sth that makes it less strong
I've heard they're getting divorced. Mind you, I'm not surprised─they were always arguing.
to behave in the most polite way you can
used to tell sb not to worry or be upset
Have you broken it? Never mind, we can buy another one.
used to suggest that sth is not important
This isn't where I intended to take you─but never mind, it's just as good.
used to emphasize that what is true about the first thing you have said is even more true about the second
I never thought she'd win once, never mind twice!
used to tell sb they shouldn't think about sth or do sth because it is not as important as sth else, or because you will do it
Never mind your car─what about the damage to my fence?
Never mind washing the dishes─I'll do them later.
used to tell sb not to ask about sth because you are not going to tell them
‘Who told you about it?’ ‘Never you mind!’
Never you mind how I found out─it's true , isn't it?
to walk carefully
to behave in a careful and sensible way
used to tell sb to move so that you can pass
Mind out─you're in the way there!
used to warn sb of danger
Have some of my plum jam─but mind out for the stones.