know one’s own mind


  1. (in a human or other conscious being) the element, part, substance, or process that reasons, thinks, feels, wills, perceives, judges, etc.: the processes of the human mind.
  2. Psychology. the totality of conscious and unconscious mental processes and activities.
  3. intellect or understanding, as distinguished from the faculties of feeling and willing; intelligence.
  4. a particular instance of the intellect or intelligence, as in a person.
  5. a person considered with reference to intellectual power: the greatest minds of the twentieth century.
  6. intellectual power or ability.
  7. reason, sanity, or sound mental condition: to lose one’s mind.
  8. a way of thinking and feeling; disposition; temper: a liberal mind.
  9. a state of awareness or remembrance: The poem puts me in mind of experiences both new and forgotten.
  10. opinion, view, or sentiments: to change one’s mind.
  11. inclination or desire: to be of a mind to listen.
  12. purpose, intention, or will: Let me know your mind in this matter before Tuesday.
  13. psychic or spiritual being, as opposed to matter.
  14. a conscious or intelligent agency or being: an awareness of a mind ordering the universe.
  15. remembrance or recollection; memory: Former days were called to mind.
  16. attention; thoughts: He can’t keep his mind on his studies.
  17. Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S. notice; attention: When he’s like that, just pay him no mind.
  18. Roman Catholic Church. a commemoration of a person’s death, especially by a Requiem Mass.Compare month’s mind, year’s mind.
  19. (initial capital letter) Also called Divine Mind. Christian Science. God; the incorporeal source of life, substance, and intelligence.Compare mortal mind.

verb (used with object)

  1. to pay attention to.
  2. to heed or obey (a person, advice, instructions, etc.).
  3. to apply oneself or attend to: to mind one’s own business.
  4. to look after; take care of; tend: to mind the baby.
  5. to be careful, cautious, or wary about: Mind what you say.
  6. to feel concern at; care about.
  7. to feel disturbed or inconvenienced by; object to (usually used in negative or interrogative constructions): Would you mind handing me that book?
  8. to regard as concerning oneself or as mattering: Don’t mind his bluntness.
  9. Dialect.
    1. to perceive or notice.
    2. to remember.
    3. to remind.

verb (used without object)

  1. to pay attention.
  2. to obey.
  3. to take notice, observe, or understand (used chiefly in the imperative): Mind now, I want you home by twelve.
  4. to be careful or wary.
  5. to care, feel concern, or object (often used in negative or interrogative constructions): Mind if I go? Don’t mind if I do.
  6. to regard a thing as concerning oneself or as mattering: You mustn’t mind about their gossiping.
  1. bear/keep in mind, to remember: Bear in mind that the newspaper account may be in error.
  2. blow one’s mind, Slang.
    1. to change one’s perceptions, awareness, etc., as through the use of drugs or narcotics.
    2. to overwhelm a person with intense excitement, pleasure, astonishment, or dismay: Cool jazz really blows my mind.
  3. cross one’s mind, to occur suddenly to one: A disturbing thought crossed her mind.
  4. give someone a piece of one’s mind, Informal. to rebuke, reprimand, or scold sharply: I’ll give him a piece of my mind for telling such a lie!
  5. have a good mind to, to feel tempted or inclined to: I have a good mind to leave you here all alone.
  6. have half a mind to, to be almost decided to; be inclined to.
  7. know one’s own mind, to be firm in one’s intentions, opinions, or plans; have assurance: She may be only a child, but she knows her own mind.
  8. make up one’s mind, to decide; form an opinion or decision; resolve: He couldn’t make up his mind which course to follow.
  9. meeting of minds, complete agreement; accord: A meeting of minds between the union and the employer seemed impossible.
  10. never mind, don’t worry or be troubled; it is of no concern: Never mind—the broken glass will be easy to replace.
  11. on one’s mind, constantly in one’s thoughts; of concern to one: The approaching trial was on his mind.
  12. out of one’s mind,
    1. mad; insane: You must be out of your mind to say such a ridiculous thing.
    2. totally distracted: He’s out of his mind with worry.
    3. emotionally overwhelmed: out of her mind with joy.
  13. presence of mind, ability to think and to remain in control of oneself during a crisis or under stress: She had enough presence of mind to remember the license plate of the speeding car.


  1. the human faculty to which are ascribed thought, feeling, etc; often regarded as an immaterial part of a person
  2. intelligence or the intellect, esp as opposed to feelings or wishes
  3. recollection or remembrance; memoryit comes to mind
  4. the faculty of original or creative thought; imaginationit’s all in the mind
  5. a person considered as an intellectual beingthe great minds of the past
  6. opinion or sentimentwe are of the same mind; to change one’s mind; to have a mind of one’s own; to know one’s mind; to speak one’s mind
  7. condition, state, or manner of feeling or thoughtno peace of mind; his state of mind
  8. an inclination, desire, or purposeI have a mind to go
  9. attention or thoughtskeep your mind on your work
  10. a sound mental state; sanity (esp in the phrase out of one’s mind)
  11. intelligence, as opposed to material thingsthe mind of the universe
  12. (in Cartesian philosophy) one of two basic modes of existence, the other being matter
  13. blow someone’s mind slang
    1. to cause someone to have a psychedelic experience
    2. to astound or surprise someone
  14. give someone a piece of one’s mind to criticize or censure (someone) frankly or vehemently
  15. in two minds or of two minds undecided; waveringhe was in two minds about marriage
  16. make up one’s mind to decide (something or to do something)he made up his mind to go
  17. on one’s mind in one’s thoughts
  18. put one in mind of to remind (one) of


  1. (when tr, may take a clause as object) to take offence atdo you mind if I smoke? I don’t mind
  2. to pay attention to (something); heed; noticeto mind one’s own business
  3. (tr; takes a clause as object) to make certain; ensuremind you tell her
  4. (tr) to take care of; have charge ofto mind the shop
  5. (when tr, may take a clause as object) to be cautious or careful about (something)mind how you go; mind your step
  6. (tr) to obey (someone or something); heedmind your father!
  7. to be concerned (about); be troubled (about)never mind your hat; never mind about your hat; never mind
  8. (tr; passive; takes an infinitive) to be intending or inclined (to do something)clearly he was not minded to finish the story
  9. (tr) Scot and English dialect to rememberdo ye mind his name?
  10. (tr) Scot to remindthat minds me of another story
  11. mind you an expression qualifying a previous statementDogs are nice. Mind you, I don’t like all dogs Related adjectives: mental, noetic, phrenic

late 12c., from Old English gemynd “memory, remembrance, state of being remembered; thought, purpose; conscious mind, intellect, intention,” Proto-Germanic *ga-mundiz (cf. Gothic muns “thought,” munan “to think;” Old Norse minni “mind;” German Minne (archaic) “love,” originally “memory, loving memory”), from PIE root *men- “think, remember, have one’s mind aroused,” with derivatives referring to qualities of mind or states of thought (cf. Sanskrit matih “thought,” munih “sage, seer;” Greek memona “I yearn,” mania “madness,” mantis “one who divines, prophet, seer;” Latin mens “mind, understanding, reason,” memini “I remember,” mentio “remembrance;” Lithuanian mintis “thought, idea,” Old Church Slavonic mineti “to believe, think,” Russian pamjat “memory”).

Meaning “mental faculty” is mid-14c. “Memory,” one of the oldest senses, now is almost obsolete except in old expressions such as bear in mind, call to mind. Mind’s eye “remembrance” is early 15c. Phrase time out of mind is attested from early 15c. To pay no mind “disregard” is recorded from 1916, American English dialect. To have half a mind to “to have one’s mind half made up to (do something)” is recorded from 1726. Mind-reading is from 1882.


mid-14c., “to remember, take care to remember,” also “to remind,” from mind (n.). Meaning “perceive, notice” is from late 15c.; that of “to give heed to” is from 1550s; that of “be careful about” is from 1737. Sense of “object to, dislike” is from c.1600; negative use (with not) “to care for, to trouble oneself with” is attested from c.1600. Meaning “to take care of, look after” is from 1690s. Related: Minded; minding. Meiotic expression don’t mind if I do attested from 1847.


  1. The human consciousness that originates in the brain and is manifested especially in thought, perception, emotion, will, memory, and imagination.
  2. The collective conscious and unconscious processes in a sentient organism that direct and influence mental and physical behavior.

Be certain about what one wants; be decisive. For example, Don’t ask him; he’s so tired that he doesn’t know his own mind, or She certainly knows her own mind when it comes to giving stage directions. This term was first recorded in 1824.

In addition to the idioms beginning with mind

  • mind like a steel trap, have a
  • mind of one’s own, have a
  • mind one’s own business
  • mind one’s p’s and q’s
  • mind over matter
  • mind the store

also see:

  • back of one’s mind
  • bear in mind
  • blow one’s mind
  • boggle the mind
  • bring to mind
  • call to mind
  • change one’s mind
  • come to mind
  • cross one’s mind
  • frame of mind
  • go out of one’s mind
  • great minds
  • half a mind
  • have a good mind to
  • in one’s mind’s eye
  • in one’s right mind
  • know one’s own mind
  • load off one’s mind
  • lose one’s mind
  • make up one’s mind
  • meeting of the minds
  • never mind
  • of two minds
  • one-track mind
  • on one’s mind
  • open mind
  • out of sight (out of mind)
  • piece of one’s mind
  • presence of mind
  • prey on (one’s mind)
  • put one in mind of
  • read someone’s mind
  • set one’s mind at rest
  • slip one’s mind
  • speak one’s mind
  • to my mind
52 queries 0.576