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mindnoun [C]

uk   /maɪnd/  us   /maɪnd/
B1 the ​part of a ​person that makes it ​possible for him or her to ​think, ​feelemotions, and ​understand things: Her mind was ​full of what had ​happened the ​night before, and she just wasn't ​concentrating. Of ​course I'm ​telling the ​truth - you have such a ​suspicious mind! I just said the first thing that came into my mind. I'm not ​quiteclear in my mind about what I'm doing.
a very ​intelligentperson: She was one of the most ​brilliant minds of the last ​century.
all in the/your mind
If a ​problem is all in the mind, it does not ​exist and is only ​imagined: His ​doctortried to ​convince him that he wasn't really ​ill and that it was all in his mind.
bear/keep sth in mind
B2 to ​remember a ​piece of ​information when you are making a ​decision or ​thinking about a ​matter: Bearing in mind how ​young she is, I ​thought she did really well. Of ​course, ​repairwork is ​expensive and you have to ​keep that in mind.
go over sth in your mind (also turn sth over in your mind)
to ​thinkrepeatedly about an ​event that has ​happened: She ​kept going over the ​accident again and again in her mind, ​wishing that she could ​somehow have ​prevented it.

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uk   /maɪnd/  us   /maɪnd/
  • mind verb (BE ANNOYED)

A2 [I or T] (used in ​questions and ​negatives) to be ​annoyed or ​worried by something: Do you ​think he'd mind if I ​borrowed his ​book? [+ -ing verb] I don't mind having a ​dog in the ​house so ​long as it's ​clean.informal I wouldn't mind (= I would like) something to ​eat, if that's OK. Would you mind ​turning (= ​pleaseturn)yourradio down a little ​please? Do you mind if I (= may I) put the TV on? [+ obj + -ing verb ] Do you mind me smoking? [+ question word] I don't mind what you ​wear so ​long as it's not that ​awfulpinkshirt. I'd ​ratherstay in ​tonight, if you don't mind.mainly UK "Would you like ​tea or ​coffee?" "I don't mind - either."
do you mind?
said to someone when you ​feelannoyed with that ​person for what they have just done or said: Do you mind? That's my ​seat you're ​sitting on!

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  • mind verb (BE CAREFUL)

B1 [T] mainly UK to be ​careful of, or give ​attention to something: [+ (that)] Mind that ​box - the ​bottom isn't very ​strong. Mind (that) you don't ​bangyourhead on the ​shelf when you ​stand up. Mind (= make ​certain that) you take enough ​money with you.old-fashioned Mind ​yourlanguage (= don't use ​swear words), ​younglady!
mind (out)! mainly UK
used to ​tell someone to ​move or be ​careful, or to ​warn someone of ​danger: Mind out! We're coming through with the ​stretcher. "Hey, mind!" he said when she ​trod on his ​foot. Mind out forfallingrocks on this ​part of the ​trail.
mind how you go mainly UK informal
said when you say ​goodbye to someone, ​meaning "take ​care"

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  • mind verb (TAKE CARE OF)

[T] UK or old-fashioned US to take ​care of someone or something: She ​asked me if I'd mind the ​children for an ​hour while she went ​shopping. Could you mind my ​bag for a ​moment while I go to the ​toilet?
  • mind verb (OBEY)

[I or T] US to ​listen to and ​obey someone: Mind ​yourgrandma! This ​dog won't mind.
(Definition of mind from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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