Definition for MIND

MIND, n. [Sax. gemind, gemynde; Ir. mein, mian; W. myn or menw, mind or will; govyn, a demand; Dan. minde, mind, vote, consent; minder, to remind; Sw. minne, memory; minnas, to remember, to call to mind, as L. reminiscor; L. mens; Gr. μνεια, memory, mention; μναομαι, to remember; μενος, mind, ardor of mind, vehemence; μηνις, anger; Sans. man, mana, mind, will, heart, thought; Zend. meno. Mind signifies properly intention, a reaching or inclining forward to an object, from the primary sense of extending, stretching or inclining, or advancing eagerly, pushing or setting forward, whence the Greek sense of the word, in analogy with the Teutonic mod, moed, muth, mind, courage, spirit, mettle. So L. animus, animosus. The Russ. has pominayu, to mention, to remember; pomin, remembrance, and umenie or umeinie, understanding. Qu. Minos, Menu, Menes, Mentor. Class Mn, No. 1, 9.]

  1. Intention; purpose; design. The sacrifice of the wicked is abomination; how much more, when he bringeth it with a wicked mind. Prov. xxi.
  2. Inclination; will; desire; a sense much used, but expressing less than settled purpose; as in the, common phrases, “I wish to know your mind;” “let me know your mind;” “he had a mind to go;” “he has a partner to his mind.”
  3. Opinion; as, to express one's mind. We are of one mind.
  4. Memory; remembrance; as, to put one in mind; to call to mind; the fact is out of my mind; time out of mind. From the operations of the intellect in man, this word came to signify,
  5. The intellectual or intelligent power in man; the understanding; the power that conceives, judges or reasons. I fear I am not in my perfect mind. – Shak. So we speak of a sound mind, a disordered mind, a weak mind, a strong mind, with reference to the active powers of the understanding; and in a passive sense, it denotes capacity, as when we say, the mind can not comprehend a subject.
  6. The heart or seat of affection. Which were a grief of mind to Isaac and Rebekah. – Gen. xxvi.
  7. The will and affection; as, readiness of mind. – Acts xvii.
  8. The implanted principle of grace. – Rom. vii.

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