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Definition of mood noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable] the way you are feeling at a particular time She's in a good mood today (= happy and friendly). He's always in a bad mood (= unhappy, or angry and impatient). to be in a foul/filthy mood Some addicts suffer violent mood swings (= changes of mood) if deprived of the drug. Wait until he's in a better mood before you ask him. I'm just not in the mood for a party tonight. I'm not really in the mood to go out tonight. Let's not talk about it now. I'm not in the mood. He was in no mood for being polite to visitors.
  2. 2[countable] a period of being angry or impatient I wonder why he's in such a mood today. She was in one of her moods (= one of her regular periods of being angry or impatient).
  3. 3[singular] the way a group of people feel about something; the atmosphere in a place or among a group of people The mood of the meeting was distinctly pessimistic. The movie captures the mood of the interwar years perfectly.
  4. 4[countable] (grammar) any of the sets of verb forms that show whether what is said or written is certain, possible, necessary, etc.
  5. 5[countable] (grammar) one of the categories of verb use that expresses facts, orders, questions, wishes, or conditions the indicative/imperative/subjunctive mood
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: mood