feeling - definition and synonyms


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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 minister underestimated the strength of public feeling on this issue.

      feeling against:

      There is now strong national feeling against the nuclear plant.

  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 feeling in something:

    She had lost all feeling in her right arm.

  5.   From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    have feelings for someone to be in love with someone

    Does Alex still have feelings for the mother of his child?

    Submitted from United Kingdom on 16/08/2016
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