The word "mind" refer’s to a person’s brain or the ability to use the brain for thinking.

In these sentences, "mind" is a noun:

  • Albert Einstein had a great mind.
  • You can accomplish great things when you put your mind to it.
  • Tanya can’t make up her mind. (She can’t decide.)
  • Should I get the blue shirt or the green shirt? I can’t make up my mind
  • Kurt has his mind set on working in New York.
  • A mind is a terrible thing to waste. That’s why you should try to get a good education.


When you use "mind" as a verb, the meaning is similar to "care."

  • Do you mind if I use your pen?
  • Betty doesn’t mind working late.
  • You should mind your own business. (mind = pay attention)
  • Who’s minding the store? (mind = watch)
  • Bobby’s mother told him to mind his manners. (mind one’s manners = behave properly)
  • Do you mind? (The thing you are doing is bothering me. Please stop doing that.)

You can use this word as an adjective by adding a suffix: ful or less.

  • She’s mindful of the impact her decisions have on others. (mindful = aware; cautious)
  • The man committed a mindless act of violence. (mindless = inconsiderate; thoughtless; stupid)

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First published on August 20, 2014