a state or quality of feeling at a particular time: What's the boss' mood today?
a distinctive emotional quality or character: The mood of the music was almost funereal.
a prevailing emotional tone or general attitude: the country's mood.
a frame of mind disposed or receptive, as to some activity or thing: I'm not in the mood to see a movie.
a state of sullenness, gloom, or bad temper.
- mode, mood
Other definitions for mood (2 of 2)
a set of categories for which the verb is inflected in many languages, and that is typically used to indicate the syntactic relation of the clause in which the verb occurs to other clauses in the sentence, or the attitude of the speaker toward what they are saying, such as certainty or uncertainty, wish or command, emphasis or hesitancy.
a set of syntactic devices in some languages that is similar to this set in function or meaning, involving the use of auxiliary words, such as can, may, might.
any of the categories of these sets: the Latin indicative, imperative, and subjunctive moods.
Logic. a classification of categorical syllogisms by the use of three letters that name, respectively, the major premise, the minor premise, and the conclusion.
- Also called mode .
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How to use mood in a sentence
In part, that’s because audiences across all three groups reported that they were in better moods when watching CTV.Multicultural audiences are making nuanced media choices | Vevo | August 25, 2020 | Digiday
Hicks points out that a tennis umpire is always paying attention to the players’ moods and how they act on court.A robot referee can really keep its ‘eye’ on the ball | Kathryn Hulick | August 20, 2020 | Science News For Students
Starting in March 2017, hundreds of patients discharged from psychiatric hospitals around Copenhagen have been loaned customized phones so doctors can remotely watch their activity and check for signs of low mood or mania.Machines can spot mental health issues—if you hand over your personal data | Bobbie Johnson | August 13, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
While polling to gauge the political mood in Belarus is prohibited, signs are starting to appear, both on social media and in the streets, that people have stopped being afraid of Lukashenko.
If I am not in the mood for that, I just switch to a radio drama or a talk show instead and get entertained on the go.Podcasts and internet marketing: Are you missing the boat? | Nasirabadi Reza | July 30, 2020 | Search Engine Watch
And what he said on June 5, 1985 fits the mood of the moment three decades later.
Alan Gross was in a cheery mood, having survived a grim five-year stint in a Cuban prison.Castro's Hipster Apologists Want to Keep Cuba ‘Authentically’ Poor | Michael Moynihan | December 18, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
I remember very clearly the public mood after the 9/11 attacks.The U.S. Will Torture Again—and We’re All to Blame | Michael Tomasky | December 12, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But now everything was a good pretext to vent the rebellious mood.
By Alex Orlov for Life by DailyBurn Do dark, chilly days make your mood cloud over this time each year?
The afternoon was a lovely one—the day was a perfect example of the mellowest mood of autumn.Confidence | Henry James
She gave details of the singular mood that had come upon her with the arrival of Tony, but Tom hardly heard her.The Wave | Algernon Blackwood
A fearsome thunderstorm or howling tornado of dust might reveal her fickleness of mood at any moment.The Red Year | Louis Tracy
Lady Victoria's earlier mood of colossal indifference had been dissipated by her son's return.Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
When she struck the chord of G minor, it was the right preparation, and brought you immediately into the mood for what followed.Music-Study in Germany | Amy Fay
British Dictionary definitions for mood (1 of 2)
a temporary state of mind or temper: a cheerful mood
a sullen or gloomy state of mind, esp when temporary: she's in a mood
a prevailing atmosphere or feeling
in the mood in a favourable state of mind (for something or to do something)
British Dictionary definitions for mood (2 of 2)
grammar a category of the verb or verbal inflections that expresses semantic and grammatical differences, including such forms as the indicative, subjunctive, and imperative
logic one of the possible arrangements of the syllogism, classified solely by whether the component propositions are universal or particular and affirmative or negative: Compare figure (def. 18)
- Ancient name: mode
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Other Idioms and Phrases with mood
see in a bad mood; in the mood.
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