mood - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] the way that someone is feeling, for example whether they are happy, sad, or angry

    He listens to rock or classical music, depending on his mood.

    in a good/relaxed/confident mood:

    I had never seen Ann in such a good mood before.

    in a bad/foul/terrible mood:

    Jeff’s been in a bad mood all day.

    in a holiday/party mood:

    I’m just not in a party mood.

    1. a.
      [singular] the way that a group of people are feeling

      Politicians need to be in touch with the public mood.

      mood of:

      Mandela’s release created a mood of optimism in South Africa.

      the mood of the moment/time (=what people in general are feeling at a particular time):

      The film was a success because it reflected the mood of the moment.

    2. b.
      [countable] a feeling of being unhappy or angry

      She refused to put up with her husband’s moods.

  2. 2
    [countable] a quality that something such as a place, film, or piece of music has that makes you have a particular feeling

    a collection of stories that vary in mood and style

    create/set a mood:

    Lighting was particularly important in setting the mood of the play.

  3. 3
    [countable] linguistics a group of verb forms that are used to show whether, for example, a sentence is a statement, question, or order