American English

Definition of mind verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they mind
    he / she / it minds
    past simple minded
    -ing form minding
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    be upset/annoyed
  1. 1[transitive, intransitive] (used especially in questions or with negatives; not used in the passive) to be upset, annoyed, or worried by something mind (something) I don't mind the cold—it's the rain I don't like. I hope you don't mind the noise. He wouldn't have minded so much if she'd told him the truth. mind about something Did she mind about not getting the job? mind doing something Did she mind not getting the job? mind somebody/something doing something Do your parents mind you leaving home? (formal) Do your parents mind your leaving home? mind how, what, etc… She never minded how hot it was. mind that… He minded that he hadn't been asked.
  2. asking permission
  3. 2[intransitive, transitive] used to ask for permission to do something, or to ask someone in a polite way to do something Do you mind if I open the window? mind somebody doing something Are you married, if you don't mind me asking? (formal) Are you married, if you don't mind my asking? mind doing something Would you mind explaining that again, please? Do you mind driving? I'm feeling pretty tired.
  4. not care/worry
  5. 3not mind [intransitive, transitive, no passive] to not care or not be concerned about something “Would you like tea or coffee?” “I don't mind—either's fine.” mind somebody 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.
  6. be willing
  7. 4not mind doing something [transitive] to be willing to do something I don't mind helping if you can't find anyone else.
  8. obey
  9. 5[transitive] mind somebody to pay attention to what someone says, and obey them And the moral of the story is: always mind your mother!
  10. take care of
  11. 6[transitive] mind somebody/something to take care of someone or something synonym watch (2) Who's minding the children this evening? Could you mind my bags for a moment?
  12. Idioms
    do you mind? (ironic)
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    used to show that you are annoyed about something that someone has just said or done Do you mind? I was here before you.
    I don't mind admitting, telling you…, etc.
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    used to emphasize what you are saying, especially when you are talking about something that may be embarrassing for you I was scared, I don't mind telling you!
    I don't mind if I do (informal)
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    used to say politely that you would like something you have been offered “Cup of tea, Brian?” “I don't mind if I do.”
      if you don't mind, if you wouldn't mind
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    1. 1used to check that someone does not object to something you want to do, or to ask someone politely to do something 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?
    2. 2(often ironic) used to show that you object to something that someone has said or done I give the orders around here, if you don't mind.
    3. 3used 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.”
    if you don't mind me/my saying so…
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    used when you are going to criticize someone or say something that might upset them That color doesn't really suit you, if you don't mind my saying so.
    I wouldn't mind something/doing something
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    used to say politely that you would very much like something/to do something I wouldn't mind a cup of coffee, if it's no trouble. I wouldn't mind having his money!
    mind your own business (informal)
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    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.
    mind your Ps and Qs (informal)
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    to behave in the most polite way you can
    mind the store
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    to be in charge of something for a short time while someone is away Who's minding the store while the boss is abroad?
    mind you (informal)
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    used to add something to what you have just said, especially something that makes it less strong I've heard they're getting divorced. Mind you, I'm not surprised—they were always arguing.
    1. 1used to suggest that something is not important This isn't where I intended to take you—but never mind, it's just as good.
    2. 2used to tell someone not to worry or be upset Have you broken it? Never mind, we can buy another one.
    3. 3used to emphasize that what is true about the first thing you have said is even more true about the second synonym alone I never thought she'd win once, never mind twice!
    never mind (about) (doing) something
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    used to tell someone they should not think about something or do something because it is not as important as something 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.
    never you mind (informal)
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    used to tell someone not to ask about something 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?
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: mind