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