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feel  (fl)
v. felt (flt), feel·ing, feels
v.tr.
1.
a. To perceive through the sense of touch: feel the velvety smoothness of a peach.
b. To perceive as a physical sensation: feel a sharp pain; feel the cold.
2.
a. To touch.
b. To examine by touching. See Synonyms at touch.
3. To test or explore with caution: feel ones way in a new job.
4.
a. To undergo the experience of: felt my interest rising; felt great joy.
b. To be aware of; sense: felt the anger of the crowd.
c. To be emotionally affected by: She still feels the loss of her dog.
5.
a. To be persuaded of (something) on the basis of intuition, emotion, or other indefinite grounds: I feel that what the informant says may well be true.
b. To believe; think: She felt his answer to be evasive.
v.intr.
1. To experience sensations of touch.
2.
a. To produce a particular sensation, especially through the sense of touch: The sheets felt smooth.
b. To produce a particular impression; appear to be; seem: It feels good to be home. See Usage Note at well2.
3. To be conscious of a specified kind or quality of physical, mental, or emotional state: felt warm and content; feels strongly about the election.
4. To seek or explore something by the sense of touch: felt for the light switch in the dark.
5. To have compassion or sympathy: I feel for him in his troubles.
n.
1. Perception by or as if by touch; sensation: a feel of autumn in the air.
2. The sense of touch: a surface that is rough to the feel.
3.
a. An act or instance of touching or feeling.
b. Vulgar An act or instance of sexual touching or fondling.
4. The nature or quality of something as perceived by or as if by the sense of touch: power steering that seems overassisted, eliminating road feel (Mark Ginsburg).
5. Overall impression or effect; atmosphere: gives such disparate pictures . . . a crazily convincing documentary feel (Stephen King).
6. Intuitive awareness or natural ability: has a feel for decorating.
Phrasal Verbs:
feel out
To try cautiously or indirectly to ascertain the viewpoint or nature of.
feel up Vulgar
To touch or fondle (someone) sexually.
Idioms:
feel in (ones) bones
To have an intuition of.
feel like Informal
To have an inclination or desire for: felt like going for a walk.
feel like (oneself)
To sense oneself as being in ones normal state of health or spirits: I just dont feel like myself today.
feel (ones) oats
1. To be energetic and playful.
2. To act in a self-important manner.

[Middle English felen, from Old English flan; see pl- in Indo-European roots.]


feel  /fil/  v. felt /flt/, feeling, feels 1 [I] to experience a sensation (warmth, cold, pain, hunger, etc.): I feel a little cold. 2 [I] to touch in order to find or learn s.t.: He felt around in his pocket for the key.||The doctor could feel that the bone was broken. 3 [I] to experience a condition: The patient feels better today.||She felt ill yesterday. 4 [I] to experience an emotion (to feel afraid, angry, happy, etc.): She felt nervous on her wedding day. 5 [I] to produce a certain sensation: Mountain air feels cool and fresh. 6 [T] to experience a need or desire: After a few days in Mexico, he felt the need to improve his Spanish. 7 [I;T] to have an opinion: He feels that smoking is bad for his health, so he quit. 8 to feel for s.o.: to have sympathy for: I really felt for Tom when his wife died. 9 to feel free: to be invited to do s.t.: My host told me, Feel free to help yourself to coffee or tea.||A businessman wrote me a letter saying Feel free to contact me with any questions that you have. 10 to feel like: to have a desire for s.t.: I feel like having some ice cream. 11 to feel like a million dollars: to feel unusually well: Having passed all of my examinations, I feel like a million dollars. 12 to feel ones way: a. to move ahead without being able to see, using ones sense of touch: I felt my way down the stairs. b. to act with great care, usu. because of a lack of knowledge or experience: The first year our store was open, we were still feeling our way. 13 phrasal v. sep. [T] to feel (s.o.) out: to try to get information, esp. from s.o., in an indirect way: I felt out his intentions in asking me for help.||I felt them out. 14 phrasal v. slang [T] to feel s.o. up: to excite s.o. sexually by touching: He felt her up in the back seat of his car. 15 phrasal v. [I] to feel up to s.t.: to be ready to do s.t. difficult or unpleasant: He feels up to cleaning out the garage today.||She is still not well and doesnt feel up to going out.
n. 1 a touch: I gave the paint a feel to see if it was still wet. 2 an understanding, a special skill: My daughter does well in math; she seems to have a real feel for numbers. 3 the sensation produced by s.t.: The feel of fine leather is smooth and soft. 4 to get the feel of s.t.: to become accustomed to: She drove around to get the feel of the new car. feel

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