feels; felt/ˈfɛlt/; feeling feels; felt/ˈfɛlt/; feeling
Learner's definition of FEEL
1 [+ object] : to be aware of (something that affects you physically, such as pain, heat, or an object touching your body)
He felt a sudden pain in his leg.
I could feel the warmth of the sun.
I felt someone tap my shoulder.
I could feel him pulling my hair. [=I could feel that he was pulling my hair]
Do you feel a draft?
I'm the kind of person who really feels the heat/cold. [=hot/cold weather bothers me more than it bothers most people]
2 [linking verb] — used to describe or ask about someone's physical or mental state
◊ If you feel like doing something, you want to do it.
Do you feel like (taking) a walk?
I feel like crying.
“Why won't you come?” “Because I don't feel like it.”
He does whatever he feels like (doing).
I don't feel like talking about it. [=I don't want to talk about it]
I feel dizzy/faint.
How are you feeling today? = How do you feel today?
I feel bad/good/sick/well/fine.
I hope you feel better soon. [=I hope you will stop feeling ill soon]
He's been feeling a little depressed lately.
You can feel proud of what you've accomplished.
I feel responsible for the accident. [=I feel that I was responsible for the accident; I feel that the accident was my fault]
I feel confident that we'll win.
You may feel different tomorrow. [=your mood/thinking may change tomorrow]
She felt hurt by their indifference.
I feel certain/sure that we can solve these problems.
I feel like a fool. = (chiefly Brit) I feel a fool.
I didn't feel like myself yesterday. = I didn't feel myself yesterday. [=I didn't feel well yesterday]
I feel as if/though I'm falling. = (informal) I feel like I'm falling.
(You can) Feel free to leave whenever you like. [=you are free to leave whenever you like]
3 a [+ object] : to touch (something) with your fingers to see what it is like b [+ object] : to find (something) by touching with your fingers c [no object] : to search for something by reaching or touching usually with your fingers— often + for— often + around or (Brit) about d not used in progressive tenses, [linking verb] — used to describe the quality that something has when it is touched 4 [+ object] : to believe or think (something)
He feels that they behaved badly.
They felt (that) it would be foolish to continue.
I feel (that) I really ought to say something.
He felt it necessary to say something. = He felt that it was necessary to say something.
5 [no object] : to have an opinion
◊ If you feel strongly, you have a strong or definite opinion about something.
We feel (very) strongly that they've been treated unfairly.
If you feel that strongly (about it), we won't go.
6 [+ object] : to be aware of (something) in your mind or emotions
He felt his son's ingratitude, and he resented it.
She could feel [=sense] the presence of an intruder in the house.
I feel the urge to speak.
I feel the need to try again. [=I think I/we should try again]
I feel your pain. [=I am aware of how (much) you must have suffered]
7 a : to experience the effect of (something) b : to experience (something)
c : to be hurt by (something)
Many people will feel the impact of this decision. [=many people will be affected by this decision]
I felt pleasure in her company. [=I enjoyed being with her]
He felt no remorse for what he had done.
She feels contempt for her political enemies.
not used in progressive tenses [linking verb]
8 a — used to describe the quality that something has or the feeling that something causes
b : to have a specified physical quality
It just doesn't feel [=seem] right to be doing this.
It feels like spring today.
It feels strange that I'm here again. = It feels strange to be here again.
This place really feels like home.
It feels as if it's going to rain. = (chiefly US) It feels like rain.
My eyes feel dry.
His hands felt cool.
feel for[phrasal verb]
feel for (someone)
: to have sympathy or pity for (someone)
— see also 1feel 3c (above)
feel no painchiefly US, informal
feel out[phrasal verb]
feel (someone) out
: to talk to or question (someone) in an indirect way in order to find out if something you want to do or get will be possible
feel up[phrasal verb]
feel (someone) upinformal or feel up (someone)
: to touch (someone who does not want to be touched) for sexual pleasure
feel your way
1 : to move forward carefully by putting your hands in front of you so that you can feel anything that blocks you 2 : to move toward a goal very slowly and carefully
Learner's definition of FEEL
1 a : the quality of a thing that is experienced by touching it b : a particular quality
The restaurant's decor has an Asian feel (to/about it).
Although the table is brand-new, it has the look and feel of an antique.
2 a : an understanding of something— usually + for
b : an ability to use something or do something in a skillful way— usually + for
We walked around to get a feel for the town.
After living in France for 20 years, she has a feel for the way the French think.
We're trying to get a feel for what's needed.
3 : a feeling or sensation 4 British : an act of feeling or touching something
1 : by feeling with your hands when you cannot see 2 : by being guided by your physical feelings, your senses, etc., instead of by rules or directions