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Learner's definition of FEEL  
[+ object] : to be aware of (something that affects you physically, such as pain, heat, or an object touching your body)
[linking verb] 
◊ If you feel like doing something, you want to do it.
— used to describe or ask about someone's physical or mental state
[+ 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
[+ object] : to believe or think (something)
[no object] : to have an opinion
◊ If you feel strongly, you have a strong or definite opinion about something.
[+ object] : to be aware of (something) in your mind or emotions
[+ object] 
: to experience the effect of (something)
   b : to experience (something)
   c : to be hurt by (something)
not used in progressive tenses [linking verb] 
— used to describe the quality that something has or the feeling that something causes
   b : to have a specified physical quality

feel for

[phrasal verb]
feel for (someone) 
: to have sympathy or pity for (someone)
— see also 1feel 3c (above)

feel no pain

chiefly US, informal
: to be drunk

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 best

— see 3best

feel your oats

— see oat

feel your way

: to move forward carefully by putting your hands in front of you so that you can feel anything that blocks you
: to move toward a goal very slowly and carefully
Learner's definition of FEEL  
: the quality of a thing that is experienced by touching it
   b : a particular quality
: an understanding of something— usually + for
   b : an ability to use something or do something in a skillful way— usually + for
: a feeling or sensation
British : an act of feeling or touching something

by feel

: by feeling with your hands when you cannot see
: by being guided by your physical feelings, your senses, etc., instead of by rules or directions

cop a feel

— see 2cop
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