Definition of mind verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//maɪnd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//maɪnd//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they mind
    BrE BrE//maɪnd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//maɪnd//
    he / she / it minds
    BrE BrE//maɪndz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//maɪndz//
    past simple minded
    BrE BrE//ˈmaɪndɪd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmaɪndɪd//
    past participle minded
    BrE BrE//ˈmaɪndɪd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmaɪndɪd//
    -ing form minding
    BrE BrE//ˈmaɪndɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmaɪndɪŋ//
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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 somebody 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. Express YourselfAsking for helpIf you need help, people are more likely to react favourably if you ask politely: Could you possibly help me? I wonder if you could give me a hand? Would you mind opening the door for me? I wonder if you'd mind taking a picture of us? Could I ask you to keep an eye on my luggage for a moment?Responses: Yes, of course. I'm sorry, I'm in a hurry. Sure.(informal or North American English) Express YourselfAsking for permission/​a favourYou are more likely to get what you want if you can ask for it politely. Here are some ways of asking whether you may do something: Would you mind if I opened the window? Could I possibly borrow your phone? I hate to ask, but could I please borrow your phone?(North American English) Do you happen to have a pair of gloves I could borrow for the evening? Would it be all right if I left five minutes early? Is there any chance that we could stay at your house the night before our flight? Would it be OK to leave my bag here?Responses: Yes, of course. Go ahead. That's fine. I'd rather you didn't, if you don't mind. I'd prefer it if you asked somebody else. If there's someone else you can ask, I'd be grateful.
  4. not care/worry
  5. 3  not 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. 4  not mind doing something [transitive] to be willing to do something I don't mind helping if you can't find anyone else. More Like This Verbs usually followed by -ing forms avoid, consider, delay, deny, enjoy, escape, finish, give up, imagine, involve, mention, mind, miss, postpone, practise, resist, risk, suggestSee worksheet.
  8. warning
  9. 5  (British English) (also watch North American English, British English) [transitive] used to tell somebody to be careful about something or warn them about a danger mind something Mind (= Don't fall on) that step! Mind your head! (= for example, be careful you don't hit it on a low ceiling) Mind your language! (= don't speak in a rude or offensive way) mind how, where, etc… Mind how you go! (= often used when you say goodbye to somebody) Mind where you're treading! mind (that)… Mind you don't cut yourself—that knife's very sharp. You must be home for dinner, mind. ‘That’ is nearly always left out in this pattern.
  10. obey
  11. 6[transitive] mind somebody (North American English, Irish English) to pay attention to what somebody says, and obey them And the moral of the story is: always mind your mother!
  12. take care of
  13. 7(especially British English) (usually North American English watch) [transitive] mind somebody/something to take care of somebody/something synonym look after Who's minding the children this evening? Could you mind my bags for a moment?
  14. Word OriginOld English gemynd ‘memory, thought’, of Germanic origin, from an Indo-European root meaning ‘revolve in the mind, think’, shared by Sanskrit manas and Latin mens ‘mind’.Extra examples His parents didn’t seem to mind that he dropped out of college. I didn’t mind about the money. I don’t mind at all telling people my age. Nobody really minded much about what happened to them. They had thought the boys wouldn’t mind sharing; as it turned out, they minded bitterly. Would you mind terribly if I went on my own? ‘Would you prefer tea or coffee?’ ‘I don’t mind—either’s fine.’ Did she mind (about) not getting the job? Do you mind driving? I’m feeling pretty tired. Do you mind if I open a window? Don’t mind me —I’ll just sit here quietly. He minded that he hadn’t been asked. How old are you, if you don’t mind me asking? I hope you don’t mind the noise. I wouldn’t have minded so much if you hadn’t lied about it. No, I don’t mind a bit. Would you mind explaining that again?Idioms (ironic) used to show that you are annoyed about something that somebody 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!
    (informal) 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. 1  used to check that somebody does not object to something you want to do, or to ask somebody 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 somebody 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 somebody or say something that might upset them That colour 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/watch your language
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    to be careful about what you say in order not to upset or offend somebody Watch your language, young man!
    (informal) 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. (informal) to behave in the most polite way you can
    mind the shop (British English) (North American English mind the store)
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    to be in charge of something for a short time while somebody is away Who's minding the shop while the boss is abroad?
    1. 1to walk carefully
    2. 2to behave in a careful and sensible way You’d better watch your step with him if you don’t want trouble.
     (informal) 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. 1  (especially British English) used to tell somebody not to worry or be upset Have you broken it? Never mind, we can buy another one.
    2. 2  used to suggest that something is not important This isn't where I intended to take you—but never mind, it's just as good.
    3. 3used to emphasize that what is true about the first thing you have said is even more true about the second synonym let alone I never thought she'd win once, never mind twice!
    never mind (about) (doing) something
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    used to tell somebody they shouldn’t 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.
    (informal) used to tell somebody 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?
    Phrasal Verbsmind outmind out
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: mind