[ feel ]
/ fil /
verb (used with object), felt, feel·ing.
to perceive or examine by touch.
to have a sensation of (something), other than by sight, hearing, taste, or smell: to feel a toothache.
to find or pursue (one's way) by touching, groping, or cautious moves.
to be or become conscious of.
to be emotionally affected by: to feel one's disgrace keenly.
to experience the effects of: The whole region felt the storm.
to have a particular sensation or impression of (often used reflexively and usually followed by an adjunct or complement): to feel oneself slighted.
to have a general or thorough conviction of; think; believe: I feel he's guilty.
verb (used without object), felt, feel·ing.
to have perception by touch or by any nerves of sensation other than those of sight, hearing, taste, and smell.
to make examination by touch; grope.
to perceive a state of mind or a condition of body: to feel happy; to feel well.
to have a sensation of being: to feel warm.
to make itself perceived or apparent; seem: How does it feel to be rich?
a quality of an object that is perceived by feeling or touching: the soft feel of cotton.
a sensation of something felt; a vague mental impression or feeling: a feel of winter; a feel of sadness in the air.
the sense of touch: soft to the feel.
native ability or acquired sensitivity: to have a feel for what is right.
Informal. an act or instance of touching with the hand or fingers.
Slang: Vulgar. an act or instance of feeling up.
feels, Informal. strong, often positive feelings: That song gives me feels.I have so many feels right now.
- to feel sympathy for or compassion toward; empathize with: I know you're disappointed and upset, and I feel for you.
- Southeastern Pennsylvania and Maryland. to have a liking or desire for: If you feel for more pie, just help yourself.
feel out, to attempt to ascertain (the nature of a situation, someone's attitude, etc.) by indirect or subtle means: Why not feel out the other neighbors' opinions before you make a complaint.
feel up, Slang: Vulgar. to fondle or touch (someone) in a sexual manner.
feel up to, Informal. to feel or be able to; be capable of: He didn't feel up to going to the theater so soon after his recent illness.
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Idioms for feel
- to have a desire for; be favorably disposed to: I don't feel like going out tonight. Do you feel like a movie?
- to think; have the opinion (often used to soften the tone of discourse): I feel like this is the only solution in this case.
- to have a particular impression; believe (used to express emotional sentiments): I feel like she doesn't love me anymore.
cop a feel, Slang: Vulgar. to touch another person's body sexually, often in a quick and surreptitious way.
feel like, Informal.
feel like oneself, to be in one's usual frame of mind or state of health: She hasn't been feeling like herself since the accident.Also feel oneself.
feel no pain. pain(def 5).
Origin of feel
before 900; Middle English felen, Old English fēlan; cognate with Old Saxon fōlian, German fühlen; akin to Old Norse falma to grope. See fumble
usage note for feel
When the verb feel is used in the sense "to think or believe," it typically implies believing or having an opinion on the basis of emotion or intuition, even in circumstances unsupported by much real evidence. Although some usage experts object, such use is well established in English and can be traced as far back as Middle English. When feel is used specifically to express a subjective impression, it is often used with as if, as though, or that and followed by a full sentence: I felt as if my world had come to an end. He feels as though it is always raining. I feel that things will get better now. More informally, feel can be used without as if/as though/that : I feel he's guilty. And a full sentence does not have to follow: I felt his answer to be impolite. In the same sense of "to think or believe," an alternative phrase feel like is found in informal or casual speech. This use of feel like typically expresses an opinion or emotional sentiment with a softened or tentative tone: I feel like nothing is getting done here. I feel like he is just too arrogant. Though increasingly common, use of the phrase feel like has been criticized as lazy thinking that ignores real evidence, while avoiding confrontation and debate.
OTHER WORDS FROM feelo·ver·feel, verb, o·ver·felt, o·ver·feel·ing.re·feel, verb, re·felt, re·feel·ing.
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British Dictionary definitions for feel up to
/ (fiːl) /
verb feels, feeling or felt (fɛlt)
to perceive (something) by touching
to have a physical or emotional sensation of (something)to feel heat; to feel anger
(tr) to examine (something) by touch
(tr) to find (one's way) by testing or cautious exploration
(copula) to seem or appear in respect of the sensation givenI feel tired; it feels warm
to have an indistinct, esp emotional conviction; sense (esp in the phrase feel in one's bones)
(intr foll by for) to show sympathy or compassion (towards)I feel for you in your sorrow
to believe, think, or be of the opinion (that)he feels he must resign
(tr often foll by up) slang to pass one's hands over the sexual organs of
feel like to have an inclination (for something or doing something)I don't feel like going to the pictures
feel oneself or feel quite oneself to be fit and sure of oneself
feel up to (usually used with a negative or in a question) to be fit enough for (something or doing something)I don't feel up to going out tonight
the act or an instance of feeling, esp by touching
the quality of or an impression from something perceived through feelingthe house has a homely feel about it
the sense of touchthe fabric is rough to the feel
an instinctive aptitude; knackshe's got a feel for this sort of work
Word Origin for feel
Old English fēlan; related to Old High German fuolen, Old Norse fālma to grope, Latin palma palm 1
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Medical definitions for feel up to
[ fēl ]
To perceive through the sense of touch.
To perceive as a physical sensation, as of pain.
To be conscious of a particular physical, mental, or emotional state.
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Idioms and Phrases with feel up to (1 of 2)
feel up to
Consider oneself capable or able to do something, as in Do you feel up to a three-mile run? or I don't feel up to another evening out. [Late 1800s] Also see equal to; up to.
Idioms and Phrases with feel up to (2 of 2)
In addition to the idioms beginning with feel
- feel bad
- feel blue
- feel for
- feel free
- feel in one's bones
- feel like
- feel like death
- feel like oneself
- feel like two cents
- feel no pain
- feel oneself
- feel one's oats
- feel one's way
- feel out
- feel out of place
- feel put upon
- feel someone up
- feel the pinch
- feel up to
- (feel) at home
- cop a feel
- get the feel of
- (feel) put upon
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