feel

If you put your hand on someone's arm, they will feel your touch; if you give them a piece of really bad news, they will feel sad. Feel means to be aware of a physical or emotional sensation.

Feel is most often used as a verb, meaning to physically touch or grope something or to be conscious of something emotionally. There's also a noun form of feel, which describes an awareness of something or the physical property of something, like in the sentences, "This place has the feel of a palace," or "She told me it was cotton, but it has the feel of silk."

Definitions of feel
  1. verb
    be conscious of a physical, mental, or emotional state
    “My cold is gone--I feel fine today”
    “She felt tired after the long hike”
    “She felt sad after her loss”
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    feel like a million, feel like a million dollars
    be in excellent health and spirits
    suffocate
    feel uncomfortable for lack of fresh air
    type of:
    be
    have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)
  2. verb
    perceive by a physical sensation, e.g., coming from the skin or muscles
    “He felt the wind”
    “She felt an object brushing her arm”
    “He felt his flesh crawl”
    “She felt the heat when she got out of the car”
    synonyms: sense
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    comprehend, perceive
    become aware of through the senses
  3. verb
    undergo an emotional sensation or be in a particular state of mind
    “She felt resentful”
    “He felt regret”
    synonyms: experience
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    incline
    feel favorably disposed or willing
    recapture
    experience anew
    congratulate, plume, pride
    be proud of
    smolder, smoulder
    have strong suppressed feelings
    entertain, harbor, harbour, hold, nurse
    maintain (a theory, thoughts, or feelings)
    cool off
    feel less enamoured of something or somebody
    anger, see red
    become angry
    chafe
    feel extreme irritation or anger
    suffer
    experience (emotional) pain
    fume
    be mad, angry, or furious
    regret, repent, rue
    feel remorse for; feel sorry for; be contrite about
    sadden
    come to feel sad
    joy, rejoice
    feel happiness or joy
    sympathise, sympathize
    share the feelings of; understand the sentiments of
    pride oneself, take pride
    feel proud of
    burn
    feel strong emotion, especially anger or passion
    die
    feel indifferent towards
    fly high
    be elated
    beam, glow, radiate, shine
    experience a feeling of well-being or happiness, as from good health or an intense emotion
    glow
    be exuberant or high-spirited
    cheer, cheer up, chirk up
    become cheerful
    bridle
    anger or take offense
    steam
    get very angry
    raise the roof
    get very angry
    agonise, agonize
    suffer agony or anguish
    anguish
    suffer great pains or distress
    lose
    suffer the loss of a person through death or removal
    grieve, sorrow
    feel grief
    gladden
    become glad or happy
    be on cloud nine, exult, jump for joy, walk on air
    feel extreme happiness or elation
    languish
    experience prolonged suffering in an unpleasant situation or place
  4. verb
    undergo passive experience of:"We felt the effects of inflation"
    “her fingers felt their way through the string quartet”
    “she felt his contempt of her”
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    experience, go through, see
    go or live through
  5. verb
    have a feeling or perception about oneself in reaction to someone's behavior or attitude
    “She felt small and insignificant”
    “You make me feel naked”
    “I made the students feel different about themselves”
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    believe, conceive, consider, think
    judge or regard; look upon; judge
  6. noun
    the general atmosphere of a place or situation and the effect that it has on people
    “the feel of the city excited him”
    synonyms: feeling, flavor, flavour, look, smell, spirit, tone
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    Hollywood
    a flashy vulgar tone or atmosphere believed to be characteristic of the American film industry
    Zeitgeist
    the spirit of the time; the spirit characteristic of an age or generation
    type of:
    ambiance, ambience, atmosphere
    a particular environment or surrounding influence
  7. noun
    an intuitive awareness
    “"he has a feel for animals" or "it's easy when you get the feel of it”
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    awareness, cognisance, cognizance, consciousness, knowingness
    the state of having knowledge of something
  8. verb
    come to believe on the basis of emotion, intuitions, or indefinite grounds
    “I feel that he doesn't like me”
    synonyms: find
    find, rule
    decide on and make a declaration about
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    conclude, reason, reason out
    decide by reasoning; draw or come to a conclusion
  9. verb
    be felt or perceived in a certain way
    “The ground feels shaky”
    “The sheets feel soft”
    Synonyms:
    sense
    perceive by a physical sensation, e.g., coming from the skin or muscles
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    crawl
    feel as if crawling with insects
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    appear, look, seem
    give a certain impression or have a certain outward aspect
  10. verb
    produce a certain impression
    “It feels nice to be home again”
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    appear, look, seem
    give a certain impression or have a certain outward aspect
  11. verb
    examine by touch
    Feel this soft cloth!”
    synonyms: finger
  12. verb
    examine (a body part) by palpation
    “The runner felt her pulse”
    synonyms: palpate
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    touch
    make physical contact with, come in contact with
  13. verb
    find by testing or cautious exploration
    “He felt his way around the dark room”
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    type of:
    find, regain
    come upon after searching; find the location of something that was missed or lost
  14. verb
    grope or feel in search of something
    “He felt for his wallet”
    Synonyms:
    finger
    examine by touch
    palpate
    examine (a body part) by palpation
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    grope for, scrabble
    feel searchingly
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    look for, search, seek
    try to locate or discover, or try to establish the existence of
  15. noun
    a property perceived by touch
    synonyms: tactile property
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    touch
    the feel of mechanical action
    texture
    the feel of a surface or a fabric
    nap
    a soft or fuzzy surface texture
    smoothness
    a texture without roughness; smooth to the touch
    raggedness, roughness
    a texture of a surface or edge that is not smooth but is irregular and uneven
    type of:
    property
    a basic or essential attribute shared by all members of a class
  16. verb
    pass one's hands over the sexual organs of
    “He felt the girl in the movie theater”
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    type of:
    touch
    make physical contact with, come in contact with
  17. noun
    manual stimulation of the genital area for sexual pleasure
    “the girls hated it when he tried to sneak a feel
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    type of:
    arousal, stimulation
    mutual sexual fondling prior to sexual intercourse
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