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Definition of “feel” - Learner’s Dictionary

feel

verb     /fiːl/ ( past tense and past participle felt)
EXPERIENCE [I, T] A1 to experience an emotion or a physical feeling: You shouldn't feel embarrassed about making a mistake. I felt a sharp pain in my side when I stood up. "Are you feeling better?" "Yes, thanks, I feel fine now."Feelings - general words
feel better/different/strange, etc; feel like/as if B1 If you describe the way a place, situation, or object feels, you say how it seems to you, or what your experience of it is like: It felt strange to see him again after so long. The house feels empty without the children. This shirt feels tight under my arms. I feel as if I've known you for ages.Seeming and purporting to beFaking and pretending
feel like sb/sth B1 to seem to be similar to a type of person, thing, or situation: My feet feel like blocks of ice. I felt like a fool when I saw what everyone else was wearing.Being or appearing similar or the same
OPINION [I, T] B1 to think something or have an opinion: [+ (that)] I feel that he's the best person for the job. Do you feel strongly (= have strong opinions) about it? She feels certain that she's right.Expressing and asking opinionsRemarks and remarkingControlling emotions
TOUCH [I, T] B2 to touch something, especially with your hands, in order to examine it: He felt her ankle to see if it was broken. I felt for a pulse.Touching and feelingShowing affection
feel like sth/doing sth B1 to want something, or want to do something: I feel like some chocolate. Jane felt like crying.Wanting thingsHoping and hopefulness
BE AWARE [T] B2 to be aware of something: You could feel the tension in the room. I could feel them watching me. →  See also feel free , feel the pinch , be/feel under the weather Knowledge and awareness
(Definition of feel verb from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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