verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

Nearby words

  1. minch,
  2. mincha,
  3. minchah,
  4. mincing,
  5. mincingly,
  6. mind bender,
  7. mind games,
  8. mind like a steel trap, have a,
  9. mind map,
  10. mind of one's own, have a


Origin of mind

before 900; (noun) Middle English mynd(e), aphetic variant (see y-) of imynd, Old English gemynd memory, remembrance, mind; cognate with Gothic gamunds; akin to Latin mēns mind, Greek manía madness; (v.) Middle English minden, derivative of the noun

1. reason. Mind, intellect, intelligence refer to mental equipment or qualities. Mind is that part of a human being that thinks, feels, and wills, as contrasted with body: His mind was capable of grasping the significance of the problem. Intellect is reasoning power as distinguished from feeling; it is often used in a general sense to characterize high mental ability: to appeal to the intellect, rather than the emotions. Intelligence is ability to learn and to understand; it is also mental alertness or quickness of understanding: A dog has more intelligence than many other animals. 6. Mind, brain, brains may refer to mental capacity. Mind is the philosophical and general term for the center of mental activity, and is therefore used of intellectual powers: a brilliant mind. Brain is properly the physiological term for the organic structure that makes mental activity possible ( The brain is the center of the nervous system. ), but it is often applied, like mind, to intellectual capacity: a fertile brain. Brains is the anatomical word ( the brains of an animal used for food ), but, in popular usage, it is applied to intelligence (particularly of a shrewd, practical nature): To run a business takes brains. 10. bent, leaning, proclivity, penchant; wish, liking. 11. intent. 21. mark.

Related formssub·mind, nounun·mind·ing, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for cross one's mind



the human faculty to which are ascribed thought, feeling, etc; often regarded as an immaterial part of a person
intelligence or the intellect, esp as opposed to feelings or wishes
recollection or remembrance; memoryit comes to mind
the faculty of original or creative thought; imaginationit's all in the mind
a person considered as an intellectual beingthe great minds of the past
opinion or sentimentwe are of the same mind; to change one's mind; to have a mind of one's own; to know one's mind; to speak one's mind
condition, state, or manner of feeling or thoughtno peace of mind; his state of mind
an inclination, desire, or purposeI have a mind to go
attention or thoughtskeep your mind on your work
a sound mental state; sanity (esp in the phrase out of one's mind)
intelligence, as opposed to material thingsthe mind of the universe
(in Cartesian philosophy) one of two basic modes of existence, the other being matter
blow someone's mind slang
  1. to cause someone to have a psychedelic experience
  2. to astound or surprise someone
give someone a piece of one's mind to criticize or censure (someone) frankly or vehemently
in two minds or of two minds undecided; waveringhe was in two minds about marriage
make up one's mind to decide (something or to do something)he made up his mind to go
on one's mind in one's thoughts
put one in mind of to remind (one) of


(when tr, may take a clause as object) to take offence atdo you mind if I smoke? I don't mind
to pay attention to (something); heed; noticeto mind one's own business
(tr; takes a clause as object) to make certain; ensuremind you tell her
(tr) to take care of; have charge ofto mind the shop
(when tr, may take a clause as object) to be cautious or careful about (something)mind how you go; mind your step
(tr) to obey (someone or something); heedmind your father!
to be concerned (about); be troubled (about)never mind your hat; never mind about your hat; never mind
(tr; passive; takes an infinitive) to be intending or inclined (to do something)clearly he was not minded to finish the story
(tr) Scot and English dialect to rememberdo ye mind his name?
(tr) Scot to remindthat minds me of another story
mind you an expression qualifying a previous statementDogs are nice. Mind you, I don't like all dogs Related adjectives: mental, noetic, phrenic
See also mind out

Word Origin for mind

Old English gemynd mind; related to Old High German gimunt memory

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Word Origin and History for cross one's mind
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Medicine definitions for cross one's mind




The human consciousness that originates in the brain and is manifested especially in thought, perception, emotion, will, memory, and imagination.
The collective conscious and unconscious processes in a sentient organism that direct and influence mental and physical behavior.

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Idioms and Phrases with cross one's mind

cross one's mind

Also, pass through one's mind. Suddenly occur to one, as in It never crossed my mind that they would turn the proposal down, or It passed through her mind that he might have gotten lost. [Mid-1700s]


In addition to the idioms beginning with mind

  • mind like a steel trap, have a
  • mind of one's own, have a
  • mind one's own business
  • mind one's p's and q's
  • mind over matter
  • mind the store

also see:

  • back of one's mind
  • bear in mind
  • blow one's mind
  • boggle the mind
  • bring to mind
  • call to mind
  • change one's mind
  • come to mind
  • cross one's mind
  • frame of mind
  • go out of one's mind
  • great minds
  • half a mind
  • have a good mind to
  • in one's mind's eye
  • in one's right mind
  • know one's own mind
  • load off one's mind
  • lose one's mind
  • make up one's mind
  • meeting of the minds
  • never mind
  • of two minds
  • one-track mind
  • on one's mind
  • open mind
  • out of sight (out of mind)
  • piece of one's mind
  • presence of mind
  • prey on (one's mind)
  • put one in mind of
  • read someone's mind
  • set one's mind at rest
  • slip one's mind
  • speak one's mind
  • to my mind
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