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feel

[feel]
verb (used with object), felt, feeling.
1.
to perceive or examine by touch.
2.
to have a sensation of (something), other than by sight, hearing, taste, or smell: to feel a toothache.
3.
to find or pursue (one's way) by touching, groping, or cautious moves.
4.
to be or become conscious of.
5.
to be emotionally affected by: to feel one's disgrace keenly.
6.
to experience the effects of: The whole region felt the storm.
7.
to have a particular sensation or impression of (often used reflexively and usually followed by an adjunct or complement): to feel oneself slighted.
8.
to have a general or thorough conviction of; think; believe: I feel he's guilty.
verb (used without object), felt, feeling.
9.
to have perception by touch or by any nerves of sensation other than those of sight, hearing, taste, and smell.
10.
to make examination by touch; grope.
11.
to perceive a state of mind or a condition of body: to feel happy; to feel well.
12.
to have a sensation of being: to feel warm.
13.
to make itself perceived or apparent; seem: How does it feel to be rich?
noun
14.
a quality of an object that is perceived by feeling or touching: the soft feel of cotton.
15.
a sensation of something felt; a vague mental impression or feeling: a feel of winter; a feel of sadness in the air.
16.
the sense of touch: soft to the feel.
17.
native ability or acquired sensitivity: to have a feel for what is right.
18.
Informal. an act or instance of touching with the hand or fingers.
19.
Slang: Vulgar. an act or instance of feeling up.
Verb phrases
20.
feel for,
a.
to feel sympathy for or compassion toward; empathize with: I know you're disappointed and upset, and I feel for you.
b.
Southeastern Pennsylvania and Maryland. to have a liking or desire for: If you feel for more pie, just help yourself.
21.
feel out, to attempt to ascertain (the nature of a situation, someone's attitude, etc.) by indirect or subtle means: Why not feel out the other neighbors' opinions before you make a complaint.
22.
feel up, Slang: Vulgar. to fondle or touch (someone) in a sexual manner.
23.
feel up to, Informal. to feel or be able to; be capable of: He didn't feel up to going to the theater so soon after his recent illness.
Idioms
24.
cop a feel, Slang: Vulgar. to touch another person's body sexually, often in a quick and surreptitious way.
25.
feel like, Informal. to have a desire for; be favorably disposed to: I don't feel like going out tonight. Do you feel like a movie?
26.
feel like oneself, to be in one's usual frame of mind or state of health: She hasn't been feeling like herself since the accident. Also, feel oneself.
27.
feel no pain. pain ( def 5 ).

Origin:
before 900; Middle English felen, Old English fēlan; cognate with Old Saxon fōlian, German fühlen; akin to Old Norse falma to grope. See fumble

overfeel, verb, overfelt, overfeeling.
refeel, verb, refelt, refeeling.
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feel (fiːl)
 
vb (foll by for) (often foll by up) , feels, feeling, felt
1.  to perceive (something) by touching
2.  to have a physical or emotional sensation of (something): to feel heat; to feel anger
3.  (tr) to examine (something) by touch
4.  (tr) to find (one's way) by testing or cautious exploration
5.  (copula) to seem or appear in respect of the sensation given: I feel tired; it feels warm
6.  to have an indistinct, esp emotional conviction; sense (esp in the phrase feel in one's bones)
7.  to show sympathy or compassion (towards): I feel for you in your sorrow
8.  to believe, think, or be of the opinion (that): he feels he must resign
9.  slang to pass one's hands over the sexual organs of
10.  feel like to have an inclination (for something or doing something): I don't feel like going to the pictures
11.  feel oneself, feel quite oneself to be fit and sure of oneself
12.  (usually used with a negative or in a question) feel up to to be fit enough for (something or doing something): I don't feel up to going out tonight
 
n
13.  the act or an instance of feeling, esp by touching
14.  the quality of or an impression from something perceived through feeling: the house has a homely feel about it
15.  the sense of touch: the fabric is rough to the feel
16.  an instinctive aptitude; knack: she's got a feel for this sort of work
 
[Old English fēlan; related to Old High German fuolen, Old Norse fālma to grope, Latin palmapalm1]

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feel
O.E. felan "to touch," from Gmc. *folijanan (cf. Du. voelen, Ger. fühlen "to feel," O.N. falma "to grope"), from PIE base *(s)pol-/*(s)pal- "to strike softly" (cf. Gk. psallein "to pluck (the harp)," L. palpare "to touch softly, stroke," palpitare "to move quickly"). The sense in O.E. was "to perceive
through senses which are not referred to any special organ." Sense of "be conscious of a sensation or emotion" developed by late 13c.; that of "to have sympathy or compassion" is from c.1600. Noun sense of "sexual grope" is from 1932; from verbal phrase to feel (someone) up (1930).
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feel (fēl)
v. felt (fělt), feel·ing, feels

  1. To perceive through the sense of touch.

  2. To perceive as a physical sensation, as of pain.

  3. To be conscious of a particular physical, mental, or emotional state.

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