|—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|
|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 palma|
v. felt (fělt), feel·ing, feels
To perceive through the sense of touch.
To perceive as a physical sensation, as of pain.
To be conscious of a particular physical, mental, or emotional state.
feel like oneself
Also, . Sense oneself as being in a normal state of health or spirits. For example, I'm finally over the flu and feel like myself again, or He doesn't know what's wrong but he doesn't feel himself. The antonym is not feel oneself, that is, "feel unwell." [Mid-1800s] Also see feel up to.
feel like new. Also, . Have a renewed sense of well-being, especially after something has happened, such as recovery from illness or receiving good news. For example, The surgery went very well, and he now feels like new, or I am so relieved at the news, I feel like a new person.
feel like a million. Be in the best of health or good spirits. For example, After winning that prize I feel like a million. The million alludes to a million dollars. Also see look like a million dollars; on top of the world.