LINKING VERB to be in a particular state as a result of an emotion or a physical feeling I was feeling quite cheerful when we set out. Sam felt cold and utterly miserable. Are you feeling ill? I don’t feel very well. How do you feel now? I feel such a fool for believing him. He never felt at ease with interviewers or photographers. feel like: When I came back to England, I felt like a stranger. feel as if/as though: I felt as though someone had just punched me in the stomach.
TRANSITIVE to experience a particular emotion or physical feeling feel sadness/happiness/anger/relief etc: She felt some sadness when the time came to leave. feel guilt/remorse: Richard felt no guilt at all for what he had done. feel the need to do something: Cara felt the need to talk to someone. feel (a) pain: He felt a sudden pain in his chest. feel the cold/heat: Children don’t seem to feel the cold as much as adults do.
TRANSITIVE to touch something with your hand so that you can discover what it is like She felt the child’s forehead to see if he was feverish. Feel this scarf – it’s incredibly soft!
to notice something that you know is there but cannot see, hear, touch, or smell Sarah could feel the man’s presence before she saw him. feel (that): I felt I was being watched.
INTRANSITIVE/TRANSITIVE NOT USUALLY PROGRESSIVEto have a particular way of thinking about something, especially one that depends on your emotions rather than on facts or evidence feel (that): I feel that more should be done to help young people. feel about: I don’t know how Mary feels about eating meat. feel strongly about something: I know that Sally feels quite strongly about this issue. feel something (to be) something: We felt it an appropriate gesture in the circumstances. feel it appropriate/necessary/important etc to do something: He always felt it necessary to explain his actions.
TRANSITIVE to be affected by something feel the effects/repercussions/benefits etc of something: People should feel the benefits of the tax cuts by next month. feel someone’s death: I’m sure we all feel his death very keenly.
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