Verb feel Definition and Examples



Definition as verb:


feel (third-person singular simple present feels, present participle feeling, simple past and past participle felt)

  1. (heading) To use the sense of touch.
    1. (transitive, copulative) To become aware of through the skin; to use the sense of touch on.
    2. (transitive) To find one's way (literally or figuratively) by touching or using cautious movements.
    3. (intransitive) To receive information by touch or by any neurons other than those responsible for sight, smell, taste, or hearing.
    4. (intransitive) To search by sense of touch.
  2. (heading) To sense or think emotionally or judgmentally.
    1. (transitive) To experience an emotion or other mental state about.
    2. (transitive) To think, believe, or have an impression concerning.
    3. (intransitive, copulative) To experience an emotion or other mental state.
    4. (intransitive) To sympathise; to have the sensibilities moved or affected.
  3. (transitive) To be or become aware of.
  4. (transitive) To experience the consequences of.
  5. (copulative) To seem (through touch or otherwise).
  6. (transitive, US, slang) To understand.
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More definition: perceive or examine by touch. have a sensation of (something), other than by sight, hearing, taste, or smell, to feel a toothache. find or pursue (one's way) by touching, groping, or cautious moves. be or become conscious of. be emotionally affected by, to feel one's disgrace keenly. experience the effects of, The whole region felt the storm. have a particular sensation or impression of (often used reflexively and usually followed by an adjunct or complement), to feel oneself slighted. have a general or thorough conviction of; think; believe, I feel he's guilty. have perception by touch or by any nerves of sensation other than those of sight, hearing, taste, and smell. make examination by touch; grope. 1 perceive a state of mind or a condition of body, to feel happy; to feel well.1 have a sensation of being, to feel warm.1 make itself perceived or apparent; seem, How does it feel to be rich?

4.a quality of an object that is perceived by feeling or touching, the soft feel of cotton.1

5.a sensation of something felt; a vague mental impression or feeling, a feel of winter; a feel of sadness in the air.1

6.the sense of touch, soft to the feel.1

7.native ability or acquired sensitivity, to have a feel for what is right.1

8.Informal. an act or instance of touching with the hand or fingers. 1

9.Slang, Vulgar. an act or instance of feeling up.

20.feels, Informal. strong, often positive feelings, That song gives me feels. I have so many feels right now.
1.feel for, to feel sympathy for or compassion toward; empathize with, I know you're disappointed and upset, and I feel for you.Southeastern Pennsylvania and Maryland. to have a liking or desire for, If you feel for more pie, just help yourself. 2

2.feel out, to attempt to ascertain (the nature of a situation, someone's attitude, etc.) by indirect or subtle means, Why not feel out the other neighbors' opinions before you make a complaint.2

3.feel up, Slang, Vulgar. to fondle or touch (someone) in a sexual manner. 2

4.feel up to, Informal. to feel or be able to; be capable of, He didn't feel up to going to the theater so soon after his recent illness.

5.cop a feel, Slang, Vulgar. to touch another person's body sexually, often in a quick and surreptitious way. 2

6.feel like, Informal. to have a desire for; be favorably disposed to, I don't feel like going out tonight. Do you feel like a movie?to think; have the opinion (often used to soften the tone of discourse), I feel like this is the only solution in this have a particular impression; believe (used to express emotional sentiments), I feel like she doesn't love me anymore. 2

7.feel like oneself, to be in one's usual frame of mind or state of health, She hasn't been feeling like herself since the accident. Also, feel oneself. 2

8.feel no pain. pain (def 5).

1. to perceive (something) by touching

2. to have a physical or emotional sensation of (something), to feel heat, to feel anger

3. (transitive) to examine (something) by touch

4. (transitive) to find (one's way) by testing or cautious exploration

5. (copula) to seem or appear in respect of the sensation given, I feel tired, it feels warm

6. to have an indistinct, esp emotional conviction; sense (esp in the phrase feel in one's bones)

7. (intransitive) foll by for. to show sympathy or compassion (towards), I feel for you in your sorrow

8. to believe, think, or be of the opinion (that), he feels he must resign

9. (slang) (transitive) often foll by up. to pass one's hands over the sexual organs of

10. feel like, to have an inclination (for something or doing something), I don't feel like going to the pictures1
1. feel oneself, feel quite oneself, to be fit and sure of oneself1

2. (usually used with a negative or in a question) feel up to, to be fit enough for (something or doing something), I don't feel up to going out tonight noun 1

3. the act or an instance of feeling, esp by touching1

4. the quality of or an impression from something perceived through feeling, the house has a homely feel about it1

5. the sense of touch, the fabric is rough to the feel1

6. an instinctive aptitude; knack, she's got a feel for this sort of work Word OriginOld English fēlan; related to Old High German fuolen, Old Norse fālma to grope, Latin palmapalm1Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
Old English felan "to touch, perceive," from Proto-Germanic *foljan (cf. Old Saxon gifolian, Old Frisian fela, Dutch voelen, Old High German vuolen, German fühlen "to feel," Old Norse falma "to grope"), from PIE root *pal- "to touch, feel, shake, strike softly" (cf. Greek psallein "to pluck (the harp)," Latin palpare "to touch softly, stroke," palpitare "to move quickly"), perhaps ultimately imitative.The sense in Old English was "to perceive through senses which are not referred to any special organ." Sense of "be conscious of a sensation or emotion" developed by late 13c.; that of "to have sympathy or compassion" is from c.1600. To feel like "want to" attested from 182

early 13c., "sensation, understanding," from feel (v.). Meaning "action of feeling" is from mid-15c. "Sensation produced by something" is from 173

9. Noun sense of "sexual grope" is from 1932; from verbal phrase to feel (someone) up (1930).
feel bad feel blue feel for feel free feel in one's bones feel like feel like death feel like oneself feel like two cents feel no pain feel one's oats feel one's way feel oneself feel out feel out of place feel put upon feel someone up feel the pinch feel up to also see, (feel) at home cop a feel get the feel of (feel) put uponAlso see feelings The American Heritage® Idioms DictionaryCopyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. Cite This Source


Why hadn't it occurred to her that Jonathan might feel he was being replaced?

Still, the feel of his hand was reassuring.

The feel of his warm fingers on her temple was comforting.

As she stared at the caskets she knew she should feel something – should cry.

I feel much better now.

She could feel it in his soft kisses on her neck, in the way he whispered her name.

Didn't you feel the ground shake?

But I don't think that fish had any bones, because I didn't feel them scratch my throat.

"I feel sleepy myself," remarked Zeb, yawning.

He was beginning to feel tired.

He began to feel very sad.

He wished to teach you that no man should feel himself too fine to carry his own packages.

Humans should not feel threatened in any way by this, and yet it still makes some people defensive and uncomfortable.

The number of people who feel challenged by their work is depressingly low.

It is safe to say that more than a majority of people in rich nations feel this way.

You cannot touch love either; but you feel the sweetness that it pours into everything.

One day spent with the blind children made me feel thoroughly at home in my new environment, and I looked eagerly from one pleasant experience to another as the days flew swiftly by.

I was pleased with anything that made a noise and liked to feel the cat purr and the dog bark.

Every one must feel the falsehood and cant of this.

I feel all my best faculties concentrated in it.

If we are merely loquacious and loud talkers, then we can afford to stand very near together, cheek by jowl, and feel each other's breath; but if we speak reservedly and thoughtfully, we want to be farther apart, that all animal heat and moisture may have a chance to evaporate.

The younger sisters also became affectionate to him, especially the youngest, the pretty one with the mole, who often made him feel confused by her smiles and her own confusion when meeting him.

But much as all the rest laughed, talked, and joked, much as they enjoyed their Rhine wine, saute, and ices, and however they avoided looking at the young couple, and heedless and unobservant as they seemed of them, one could feel by the occasional glances they gave that the story about Sergey Kuzmich, the laughter, and the food were all a pretense, and that the whole attention of that company was directed to-- Pierre and Helene.

"Yes, I feel a kind of oppression," she said in reply to the prince's question as to how she felt.

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