- ability to think
- 1 [countable, uncountable] the part of a person that makes them able to be aware of things, to think and to feel the conscious/subconscious mind There were all kinds of thoughts running through my mind. There was no doubt in his mind that he'd get the job. ‘Drugs’ are associated in most people's minds with drug abuse. She was in a disturbed state of mind. I could not have complete peace of mind before they returned. see also frame of mind, presence of mind
- 2 [countable] your ability to think and reason; your intelligence; the particular way that somebody thinks synonym intellect to have a brilliant/good/keen mind a creative/evil/suspicious mind She had a lively and enquiring mind. His mind is as sharp as ever. I've no idea how her mind works! He had the body of a man and the mind of a child. insights into the criminal mind see also one-track mind intelligent person
- 3[countable] a person who is very intelligent synonym brain She was one of the greatest minds of her generation. see also mastermind thoughts
- 4 [countable] your thoughts, interest, etc. Keep your mind on your work! Her mind is completely occupied by the new baby. The lecture dragged on and my mind wandered. Your mind’s not on the job. He gave his mind to the arrangements for the next day. As for avoiding you, nothing could be further from my mind (= I was not thinking of it at all). memory
- 5 [countable, usually singular] your ability to remember things When I saw the exam questions my mind just went blank (= I couldn't remember anything). Sorry—your name has gone right out of my mind. Word Origin Old English gemynd ‘memory, thought’, of Germanic origin, from an Indo-European root meaning
- 1to remember somebody/something synonym recall She couldn't call to mind where she had seen him before.
- 2to remind you of somebody/something synonym recall The painting brings to mind some of Picasso's early works.
- 1used to say that you think you will do something, although you are not sure I've half a mind to come with you tomorrow.
- 2used to say that you disapprove of what somebody has done and should do something about it, although you probably will not I've a good mind to write and tell your parents about it.
to remember somebody/something; to remember or consider that… (informal) to be extremely bored, etc. if something is etched on your memory, you remember it because it has made a strong impression on you
to be unable to decide what you think about somebody/something, or whether to do something or not I was in two minds about the book (= I didn't know if I liked it or not). She's in two minds about accepting his invitation. (formal) to think very hard about or put a lot of effort into one particular thing to have the same opinion about somebody/something to be unable to think or behave in a normal way; to become crazy (informal) You're lending them money? You must be out of your tiny mind! Synonymsmadcrazy nuts batty out of your mind (not) in your right mindThese are all informal words that describe somebody who has a mind that does not work normally.mad (informal, especially British English) having a mind that does not work normally:I thought I’d go mad if I stayed any longer. Mad is an informal word used to suggest that somebody’s behaviour is very strange, often because of extreme emotional pressure. It is offensive if used to describe somebody suffering from a real mental illness; use mentally ill instead. Mad is not usually used in this meaning in North American English; use crazy instead.crazy (informal, ) having a mind that does not work normally:A crazy old woman rented the upstairs room. Like mad, crazy is offensive if used to describe somebody suffering from a real mental illness.nuts [not before noun] (informal) mad:That noise is driving me nuts! You guys are nuts!batty (informal, especially British English) slightly mad, in a harmless way:Her mum’s completely batty.out of your mind (informal) unable to think or behave normally, especially because of extreme shock or anxiety:She was out of her mind with grief.(not) in your right mind (informal) (not) mentally normal:No one in their right mind would choose to work there.Patterns to be mad/crazy/nuts/out of your mind/not in your right mind to do something to go mad/crazy/nuts/batty to drive somebody mad/crazy/nuts/batty/out of their mind completely mad/crazy/nuts/batty/out of your mind See related entries: Describing strange traits to be extremely worried, etc. (informal) to produce a very strong pleasant or shocking feeling Wait till you hear this. It'll blow your mind. see also mind-blowing (informal) if something boggles the mind or the mind boggles at it, it is so unusual that people find it hard to imagine or accept The vastness of space really boggles the mind. ‘He says he's married to his cats!’ ‘The mind boggles!’ compare mind-boggling See related entries: Surprise
to decide you want to achieve something and give this all your attention She could have been a brilliant pianist if she'd put her mind to it. to stop thinking about somebody/something; to deliberately forget somebody/something I just can't get her out of my mind. if something slips your mind, you forget it or forget to do it I’m sorry I didn’t tell you. It completely slipped my mind. to say exactly what you think, in a very direct way She’s never hesitated about speaking her mind. (of a memory, an image, etc.) to be remembered for a long time One of his paintings in particular sticks in my mind. to make you forget about something unpleasant for a short time synonym distract Painting helped take her mind off her troubles. in my opinion It was a ridiculous thing to do, to my mind. a particular way of thinking about things