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noun feeling pronunciation in British English /ˈfiːlɪŋ/
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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.


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