Meaning of “feel” in the English Dictionary

"feel" in English

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uk /fiːl/ us /fiːl/ felt, felt

feel verb (EXPERIENCE)

A1 [ L or T ] to experience something physical or emotional:

"How are you feeling?" "Not too bad, but I've still got a slight headache."
How would you feel about moving to a different city?
He's still feeling a little weak after his operation.
My eyes feel really sore.
I never feel safe when Richard is driving.
Never in her life had she felt so happy.
My suitcase began to feel really heavy after a while.
I felt like (= thought that I was) a complete idiot/such a fool.
She felt his hot breath on her neck.
[ + obj + -ing verb ] I could feel the sweat trickling down my back.
By midday, we were really feeling (= suffering from) the heat.
feel like sth

B1 to have a wish for something, or to want to do something, at a particular moment:

I feel like (going for) a swim.
I feel like (having) a nice cool glass of lemonade.
"Are you coming to aerobics?" "No, I don't feel like it today."

[ + -ing verb ] to want to do something that you do not do:

He was so rude I felt like slapping his face.
feel the cold

to get cold quicker and more often than most people:

As you get older, you tend to feel the cold more.
not feel a thing informal

to not feel any pain:

"Did it hurt?" "Not at all - I didn't feel a thing."

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feel verb (OPINION)

B1 [ I or T ] to have a particular opinion about or attitude towards something:

[ + (that) ] I feel (that) I should be doing more to help her.
[ (+ to be) + adj ] He had always felt himself (to be) inferior to his brothers.
Do you feel very strongly (= have strong opinions) about this?
I feel certain I'm right.

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feel verb (TOUCH)

B2 [ I or T ] to touch something in order to discover something about it:

[ + question word ] Just feel how cold my hands are!
He gently felt the softness of the baby's cheek.
I was feeling (around) (= searching with my hand) in my bag for the keys.

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uk /fiːl/ us /fiːl/

feel noun (CHARACTER)

[ S ] also feeling the character of a place or situation:

I like the decoration - it's got a Spanish feel to it.
There was a feel of mystery about the place.
We were there for such a short time, we didn't really get the feel of (= get to know) the place.


a feel for sth also feeling

a natural understanding or ability, especially in a subject or activity:

She has a real feel for language.
I tried learning the piano, but I never had much of a feel for it.
get the feel of sth also feeling

to learn how to do something, usually a new activity:

Once you get the feel of it, using a mouse is easy.

(Definition of “feel” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"feel" in American English

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us /fil/ past tense and past participle felt /felt/

feel verb (EXPERIENCE)

to experience or be aware of something emotional or physical:

[ L ] "How are you feeling?" "Oh, I don’t feel very good."
[ L ] She said she didn’t want anyone to feel sorry for her.
[ L ] I feel comfortable with you, Nick.
[ L ] He felt compelled to report the incident.
[ T ] When the anesthesia wore off, I felt a lot of pain.

feel verb (TOUCH)

[ I/T ] to touch, esp. with the fingers, in order to examine something:

[ T ] Feel the softness of the baby’s skin.
[ I ] She felt around (= searched with her hands) for the light switch.

feel verb (HAVE OPINION)

[ T ] to have as an opinion or belief:

[ + (that) clause ] I feel (that) I should be doing more to help her.

feelnoun [ U ]

us /fil/

feel noun [ U ] (UNDERSTANDING)

also feeling, /ˈfi·lɪŋ/ an understanding or natural ability:

Marcia has a good feel for this kind of work.

feel noun [ U ] (TOUCH)

the way that something feels:

I love the feel of silk against my skin.

(Definition of “feel” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"feel" in Business English

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feelverb [ I or T ]

uk /fiːl/ us

to experience something physical or emotional:

Steve's not feeling well so he's not in the office today.
We want our employees to feel good about coming to work.
How would you feel about speaking at the conference?

to have a particular opinion:

feel (that) I feel that it's time to make some changes.
feel certain (that) I feel certain I'm right.
feel free

if someone tells you to feel free to do something, they mean that you can do it if you want to:

feel free to do sth Feel free to email or call if you need more details.
feel the pinch

to have problems with money because the things you need are too expensive or because your income has been reduced :

As oil prices rise, manufacturers are starting to feel the pinch.
feel strongly about sth

to have a strong opinion about something:

The logo is not something we feel strongly about.

feelnoun [ S ]

uk /fiːl/ us

the way that something feels:

We want our restaurants to have a homely feel.
a feel for sth

an understanding of something, especially one that you get by experiencing something rather than learning about it:

We are putting people on the ground to ensure that we are the first to get a feel for what the consumer wants.
get the feel of sth

to learn how to do something, usually a new activity:

Once she got the feel of the business, she quickly established a reputation.

(Definition of “feel” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)