- 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. asking permission
- 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. not care/worry
- 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. be willing
- 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. warning
- 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. obey
- 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! take care of
- 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? Word Origin Old English gemynd ‘memory, thought’, of Germanic origin, from an Indo-European root meaning
- 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(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.
- 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.’
- 1to walk carefully
- 2to behave in a careful and sensible way You’d better watch your step with him if you don’t want trouble.
- 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 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.
- 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!
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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//
to be in charge of something for a short time while somebody is away Who's minding the shop while the boss is abroad?