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noun feeling pronunciation in American English /ˈfilɪŋ/
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  1. 1
    [countable] an emotional state, for example anger or happiness
    feeling of:

    Parents often experience deep feelings of guilt if their children fail.

    1. a.


      [plural] emotions, especially when these are sensitive and likely to be affected by what other people say or do

      He found it difficult to express his feelings.

      hurt someone’s feelings (=upset someone):

      I didn’t want to hurt his feelings.

    2. b.
      [singular] the emotional effect that a place has on you

      There’s a feeling of hopelessness about the place.

  2. 2
    [countable] an opinion that you have about something, especially when it is based on general thoughts rather than definite reasons

    My feeling is that we should wait a week or two.

    feeling about:

    Sarah has very strong feelings about environmental issues.

    1. a.
      [uncountable] the opinions of most people

      The feeling is that the economy will continue to improve.

      feeling on/about:

      The governor underestimated the strength of public feeling on this issue.

  3. 3
    [countable] something that you feel physically in your body
    feeling of:

    A feeling of nausea came over her.

    I suddenly had an overwhelming feeling of tiredness.

  4. 4
    [uncountable] the ability to feel pain, heat, etc. in your body

    When I woke up I had no feeling in my legs.

    lose the feeling in something:

    She had lost all the feeling in her right arm.


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