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English noun: feel

1. feel (cognition) an intuitive awareness

SamplesHe has a feel for animals.
It's easy when you get the feel of it.

Broader (hypernym)awareness, cognisance, cognizance, consciousness, knowingness

2. feel (state) the general atmosphere of a place or situation and the effect that it has on people

SamplesThe feel of the city excited him.
A clergyman improved the tone of the meeting.
It had the smell of treason.

Synonymsfeeling, flavor, flavour, look, smell, spirit, tone

Broader (hypernym)ambiance, ambience, atmosphere

Narrower (hyponym)Hollywood, Zeitgeist

3. feel (attribute) a property perceived by touch

Synonymstactile property

Broader (hypernym)property

Narrower (hyponym)texture, touch

4. feel (act) manual stimulation of the genital area for sexual pleasure

SamplesThe girls hated it when he tried to sneak a feel.

Broader (hypernym)arousal, foreplay, stimulation

English verb: feel

1. feel (emotion) undergo an emotional sensation or be in a particular state of mind

SamplesShe felt resentful.
He felt regret.

ExamplesJohn will feel angry


Pattern of useSomething ----s something Adjective/Noun.
Something ----s Adjective/Noun.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s PP

Narrower (hyponym)anger, beam, burn, chafe, congratulate, cool off, die, entertain, fly high, fume, glow, glow, harbor, harbour, hold, incline, joy, nurse, plume, pride, pride oneself, radiate, recapture, regret, rejoice, repent, rue, sadden, see red, shine, smolder, smoulder, suffer, sympathise, sympathize, take pride

2. feel (cognition) come to believe on the basis of emotion, intuitions, or indefinite grounds

SamplesI feel that he doesn't like me.
I find him to be obnoxious.
I found the movie rather entertaining.

ExamplesThey feel that there was a traffic accident


Pattern of useSomebody ----s that CLAUSE

Broader (hypernym)conclude, reason, reason out

Verb groupfind, rule

3. feel (perception) perceive by a physical sensation, e.g., coming from the skin or muscles

SamplesHe 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.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)comprehend, perceive

Verb groupfeel

4. feel (body) be conscious of a physical, mental, or emotional state

SamplesMy cold is gone--I feel fine today.
She felt tired after the long hike.
She felt sad after her loss.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s Adjective

Broader (hypernym)be

Narrower (hyponym)feel like a million, feel like a million dollars, suffocate

5. feel (cognition) have a feeling or perception about oneself in reaction to someone's behavior or attitude

SamplesShe felt small and insignificant.
You make me feel naked.
I made the students feel different about themselves.

Pattern of useSomething ----s something Adjective/Noun.
Somebody ----s somebody PP.
Somebody ----s something PP.
Somebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE

Broader (hypernym)believe, conceive, consider, think

6. feel (perception) undergo passive experience of:

SamplesWe felt the effects of inflation.
Her fingers felt their way through the string quartet.
She felt his contempt of her.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)experience, go through, see

7. feel (stative) be felt or perceived in a certain way

SamplesThe ground feels shaky.
The sheets feel soft.

ExamplesThe cool air does feel good

Pattern of useSomething ----s Adjective/Noun.
Somebody ----s Adjective

Broader (hypernym)appear, look, seem

Narrower (hyponym)crawl

Verb groupfeel, sense

8. feel (perception) grope or feel in search of something

SamplesHe felt for his wallet.

ExamplesThe men feel the area for animals

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)look for, search, seek

Narrower (hyponym)grope for, scrabble


Verb groupfeel, feel, feel, finger, palpate

9. feel (contact) examine by touch

SamplesFeel this soft cloth!.
The customer fingered the sweater.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Verb groupfeel

10. feel (contact) examine (a body part) by palpation

SamplesThe nurse palpated the patient's stomach.
The runner felt her pulse.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)touch

Verb groupfeel

Domain categorymedicine, practice of medicine

11. feel (possession) find by testing or cautious exploration

SamplesHe felt his way around the dark room.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)find, regain

12. feel (perception) produce a certain impression

SamplesIt feels nice to be home again.

Pattern of useSomething ----s Adjective/Noun

Broader (hypernym)appear, look, seem

13. feel (contact) pass one's hands over the sexual organs of

SamplesHe felt the girl in the movie theater.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)touch

Verb groupfeel

Domain usageargot, cant, jargon, lingo, patois, slang, vernacular

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