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."

Primary Meanings of feel

1.
vn
be conscious of a physical, mental, or emotional state
the general atmosphere of a place or situation and the effect that it has on people
2.
v
come to believe on the basis of emotion, intuitions, or indefinite grounds
3.
v
be felt or perceived in a certain way
4.
vn
examine by touch
a property perceived by touch
5.
vn
pass one's hands over the sexual organs of
manual stimulation of the genital area for sexual pleasure
Full Definitions of feel
1

v 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”
Types:
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)

v 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
Type of:
comprehend, perceive
to become aware of through the senses

v undergo an emotional sensation or be in a particular state of mind

“She felt resentful”
“He felt regret”
Synonyms:
experience
Types:
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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

v 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”
Type of:
experience, go through, see
go or live through

v 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”
Type of:
believe, conceive, consider, think
judge or regard; look upon; judge

n 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
Types:
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

n an intuitive awareness

“"he has a feel for animals" or "it's easy when you get the feel of it”
Type of:
awareness, cognisance, cognizance, consciousness, knowingness
having knowledge of
2

v 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
Type of:
conclude, reason, reason out
decide by reasoning; draw or come to a conclusion
3

v 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
Types:
crawl
feel as if crawling with insects
Type of:
appear, look, seem
give a certain impression or have a certain outward aspect

v produce a certain impression

“It feels nice to be home again”
Type of:
appear, look, seem
give a certain impression or have a certain outward aspect
4

v examine by touch

Feel this soft cloth!”
Synonyms:
finger

v examine (a body part) by palpation

“The runner felt her pulse”
Synonyms:
palpate
Type of:
touch
make physical contact with, come in contact with

v find by testing or cautious exploration

“He felt his way around the dark room”
Type of:
find, regain
come upon after searching; find the location of something that was missed or lost

v grope or feel in search of something

“He felt for his wallet”
Synonyms:
finger
examine by touch
palpate
examine (a body part) by palpation
Types:
grope for, scrabble
feel searchingly
Type of:
look for, search, seek
try to locate or discover, or try to establish the existence of

n a property perceived by touch

Synonyms:
tactile property
Types:
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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
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v pass one's hands over the sexual organs of

“He felt the girl in the movie theater”
Type of:
touch
make physical contact with, come in contact with

n manual stimulation of the genital area for sexual pleasure

“the girls hated it when he tried to sneak a feel
Type of:
arousal, stimulation
mutual sexual fondling prior to sexual intercourse

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