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v. felt (fĕlt), feel·ing, feels
a. To perceive through the sense of touch: feel the velvety smoothness of a peach.
b. To perceive as a physical sensation: feel a sharp pain; feel the cold.
a. To touch: reached out and felt the wall.
b. To examine by touching: felt the fabric for flaws. See Synonyms at touch.
3. To test or explore with caution: feel one's way in a new job.
a. To undergo the experience of: felt my interest rising; felt great joy.
b. To be aware of; sense: felt the anger of the crowd.
c. To be emotionally affected by: She still feels the loss of her dog.
a. To be persuaded of (something) on the basis of intuition, emotion, or other indefinite grounds: I feel that what the informant says may well be true.
b. To believe; think: She felt his answer to be evasive.
1. To experience the sensation of touch.
a. To produce a particular sensation, especially through the sense of touch: The sheets felt smooth.
b. To produce a particular impression; appear to be; seem: It feels good to be home. See Usage Note at well2.
3. To be conscious of a specified kind or quality of physical, mental, or emotional state: felt warm and content; feels strongly about the election.
4. To seek or explore something by the sense of touch: felt for the light switch in the dark.
5. To have compassion or sympathy: I feel for him in his troubles.
1. Perception by touch or by sensation of the skin: a feel of autumn in the air.
2. The sense of touch: a surface that is rough to the feel.
a. An act or instance of touching or feeling: gave the carpet a feel.
b. Vulgar An act or instance of sexual touching or fondling.
4. An overall impression or effect: "gives such disparate pictures ... a crazily convincing documentary feel" (Stephen King).
5. Intuitive awareness or natural ability: has a feel for decorating.
Phrasal Verbs:
feel out
To try cautiously or indirectly to ascertain the viewpoint or nature of: We'd better feel out the situation before acting.
feel up Vulgar
To touch or fondle (someone) sexually.
feel in (one's) bones
To have an intuition of.
feel like Informal
To have an inclination or desire for: felt like going for a walk.
feel like (oneself)
To sense oneself as being in one's normal state of health or spirits: I just don't feel like myself today.
feel (one's) oats
1. To be energetic and playful.
2. To act in a self-important manner.

[Middle English felen, from Old English fēlan; see pāl- in Indo-European roots.]


vb, feels, feeling or felt (fɛlt)
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. (foll by: for) 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 (often foll by: up) 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. feel up to (usually used with a negative or in a question) 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 palm1]



v. felt, feel•ing,
n. v.t.
1. to perceive (something) by direct physical contact: to feel the softness of fur; to feel a breeze.
2. to examine by touch: to feel someone's forehead.
3. to have a physical sensation of: to feel hunger.
4. to find or pursue (one's way) by touching, groping, or cautious moves.
5. to be or become conscious of: to feel pride.
6. to be emotionally affected by: to feel profound grief.
7. to experience the effects of: The whole region felt the storm.
8. to have a particular sensation or impression of: to feel oneself slighted; to feel hostility all around.
9. to have a general or thorough conviction of; think; believe: I feel he's guilty.
10. to have perception by touch or by any physical sensation other than those of sight, hearing, taste, and smell.
11. to make examination by touch; grope: She felt in her purse for a dime.
12. to perceive a state of mind or a condition of body: to feel happy; to feel well.
13. to have a sensation of being: to feel warm.
14. to make itself perceived or apparent; seem: The ground feels icy underfoot.
15. feel for, to feel sympathy for or compassion toward; empathize with.
16. feel out, to try to determine the mood or status of (a person or situation) by discreet, usu. informal or unofficial inquiries.
17. feel up, Slang: Usu. Vulgar. to fondle or touch (someone) in a sexual manner.
18. a quality of an object that is perceived by feeling or touching: the feel of wool.
19. a sensation of something felt; vague mental impression or feeling: a feel of sadness in the air.
20. the sense of touch: soft to the feel.
21. native ability: to have a feel for teaching.
22. an act or instance of touching with the hand or fingers.
23. Slang: Usu. Vulgar. an act or instance of feeling up.
1. feel like, to have a desire for; be favorably disposed toward.
2. feel (like) oneself, to be in one's normal healthy and happy state.
3. feel up to, to feel able to, esp. to feel strong or healthy enough to.
[before 900; Middle English felen, Old English fēlan; c. Old Saxon gifōlian, Old High German fuolen]


Feel is a common verb that has several meanings. Its past tense and -ed participle is felt.

1. awareness

If you can feel something, you are aware of it because of your sense of touch, or you are aware of it in your body.

I can feel the heat of the sun on my face.
I wonder if insects can feel pain.

Be Careful!
You usually use can in sentences like these. You say, for example, 'I can feel a pain in my foot'. Don't say 'I feel a pain in my foot'. Also, don't use a progressive form. Don't say 'I am feeling a pain in my foot'.

If you want to say that someone was aware of something in the past, you use felt or could feel.

They felt the wind on their faces.
Through several layers of clothes I could feel his muscles.

However, if you want to say that someone suddenly became aware of something, you must use felt.

He felt a sting on his elbow.

You can use an -ing form after felt or could feel to show that someone was aware of something that was continuing to take place.

He could feel the sweat pouring down his face.

You can use an infinitive without to after felt to show that someone became aware of a single action.

She felt the boat move.
2. touching

When you feel an object, you touch it deliberately in order to find out what it is like.

The doctor felt her pulse.
3. impressions

The way something feels is the way it seems to you when you hold it or touch it.

The blanket felt soft.
How does it feel? Warm or cold?
It looks and feels like a normal fabric.

Be Careful!
When you use feel like this, don't use a progressive form. Don't say, for example, 'The blanket was feeling soft'.

4. emotions and sensations

You can use feel with an adjective to say that someone is or was experiencing an emotion or a physical sensation. When you use feel like this, you use either a simple form or a progressive form.

I feel lonely.
I'm feeling terrible.
She felt happy.
I was feeling hungry.

You can also use feel with a noun phrase to say that someone experiences an emotion or a physical sensation. When you use feel with a noun phrase, you use a simple form.

She felt a sudden desire to scream.

Be Careful!
When you use feel to say that someone experiences an emotion or a physical sensation, don't use a reflexive pronoun. Don't say, for example, 'I felt myself uncomfortable'. You say 'I felt uncomfortable'.

5. 'feel like'

If you feel like a particular type of person or thing, you are aware of having some of the qualities or feelings of that person or thing.

If you want to feel like a star, travel like a star.
I feel like a mouse being chased by a cat.

If you feel like doing something, you want to do it.

Whenever I felt like talking, they were ready to listen.
Are there days when you don't feel like writing?

In sentences like these, you can sometimes use a noun phrase instead of an -ing form. For example, instead of saying 'I feel like going for a walk', you can say 'I feel like a walk'.

I feel like a cup of coffee.

Be Careful!
Don't say that you 'feel like to do' something.


Past participle: felt
Gerund: feeling

I feel
you feel
he/she/it feels
we feel
you feel
they feel
I felt
you felt
he/she/it felt
we felt
you felt
they felt
Present Continuous
I am feeling
you are feeling
he/she/it is feeling
we are feeling
you are feeling
they are feeling
Present Perfect
I have felt
you have felt
he/she/it has felt
we have felt
you have felt
they have felt
Past Continuous
I was feeling
you were feeling
he/she/it was feeling
we were feeling
you were feeling
they were feeling
Past Perfect
I had felt
you had felt
he/she/it had felt
we had felt
you had felt
they had felt
I will feel
you will feel
he/she/it will feel
we will feel
you will feel
they will feel
Future Perfect
I will have felt
you will have felt
he/she/it will have felt
we will have felt
you will have felt
they will have felt
Future Continuous
I will be feeling
you will be feeling
he/she/it will be feeling
we will be feeling
you will be feeling
they will be feeling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been feeling
you have been feeling
he/she/it has been feeling
we have been feeling
you have been feeling
they have been feeling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been feeling
you will have been feeling
he/she/it will have been feeling
we will have been feeling
you will have been feeling
they will have been feeling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been feeling
you had been feeling
he/she/it had been feeling
we had been feeling
you had been feeling
they had been feeling
I would feel
you would feel
he/she/it would feel
we would feel
you would feel
they would feel
Past Conditional
I would have felt
you would have felt
he/she/it would have felt
we would have felt
you would have felt
they would have felt
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.feel - an intuitive awareness; "he has a feel for animals" or "it's easy when you get the feel of it";
awareness, cognisance, cognizance, knowingness, consciousness - having knowledge of; "he had no awareness of his mistakes"; "his sudden consciousness of the problem he faced"; "their intelligence and general knowingness was impressive"
2.feel - the general atmosphere of a place or situation and the effect that it has on peoplefeel - the general atmosphere of a place or situation and the effect that it has on people; "the feel of the city excited him"; "a clergyman improved the tone of the meeting"; "it had the smell of treason"
ambiance, ambience, atmosphere - a particular environment or surrounding influence; "there was an atmosphere of excitement"
Hollywood - a flashy vulgar tone or atmosphere believed to be characteristic of the American film industry; "some people in publishing think of theirs as a glamorous medium so they copy the glitter of Hollywood"
Zeitgeist - the spirit of the time; the spirit characteristic of an age or generation
3.feel - a property perceived by touch
property - a basic or essential attribute shared by all members of a class; "a study of the physical properties of atomic particles"
touch - the feel of mechanical action; "this piano has a wonderful touch"
texture - the feel of a surface or a fabric; "the wall had a smooth texture"
4.feel - manual stimulation of the genital area for sexual pleasure; "the girls hated it when he tried to sneak a feel"
foreplay, stimulation, arousal - mutual sexual fondling prior to sexual intercourse
Verb1.feel - undergo an emotional sensation or be in a particular state of mind; "She felt resentful"; "He felt regret"
incline - feel favorably disposed or willing; "She inclines to the view that people should be allowed to expres their religious beliefs"
recapture - experience anew; "She could not recapture that feeling of happiness"
pride, plume, congratulate - be proud of; "He prides himself on making it into law school"
smoulder, smolder - have strong suppressed feelings
harbor, nurse, entertain, harbour, hold - maintain (a theory, thoughts, or feelings); "bear a grudge"; "entertain interesting notions"; "harbor a resentment"
cool off - feel less enamoured of something or somebody
see red, anger - become angry; "He angers easily"
chafe - feel extreme irritation or anger; "He was chafing at her suggestion that he stay at home while she went on a vacation"
suffer - experience (emotional) pain; "Every time her husband gets drunk, she suffers"
fume - be mad, angry, or furious
regret, rue, repent - feel remorse for; feel sorry for; be contrite about
sadden - come to feel sad
joy, rejoice - feel happiness or joy
sympathise, sympathize - share the feelings of; understand the sentiments of
pride oneself, take pride - feel proud of; "She took great pride in her sons"
burn - feel strong emotion, especially anger or passion; "She was burning with anger"; "He was burning to try out his new skies"
die - feel indifferent towards; "She died to worldly things and eventually entered a monastery"
fly high - be elated; "He was flying high during the summer months"
glow, radiate, beam, shine - experience a feeling of well-being or happiness, as from good health or an intense emotion; "She was beaming with joy"; "Her face radiated with happiness"
glow - be exuberant or high-spirited; "Make the people's hearts glow"
2.feel - come to believe on the basis of emotion, intuitions, or indefinite grounds; "I feel that he doesn't like me"; "I find him to be obnoxious"; "I found the movie rather entertaining"
conclude, reason, reason out - decide by reasoning; draw or come to a conclusion; "We reasoned that it was cheaper to rent than to buy a house"
rule, find - decide on and make a declaration about; "find someone guilty"
3.feel - perceive by a physical sensation, e.g., coming from the skin or muscles; "He felt the wind"; "She felt an object brushing her arm"; "He felt his flesh crawl"; "She felt the heat when she got out of the car"
perceive, comprehend - to become aware of through the senses; "I could perceive the ship coming over the horizon"
feel - be felt or perceived in a certain way; "The ground feels shaky"; "The sheets feel soft"
4.feel - be conscious of a physical, mental, or emotional state; "My cold is gone--I feel fine today"; "She felt tired after the long hike"; "She felt sad after her loss"
feel like a million, feel like a million dollars - be in excellent health and spirits; "he feels like a million after he got the promotion"
suffocate - feel uncomfortable for lack of fresh air; "The room was hot and stuffy and we were suffocating"
be - have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun); "John is rich"; "This is not a good answer"
5.feel - have a feeling or perception about oneself in reaction to someone's behavior or attitude; "She felt small and insignificant"; "You make me feel naked"; "I made the students feel different about themselves"
think, believe, conceive, consider - judge or regard; look upon; judge; "I think he is very smart"; "I believe her to be very smart"; "I think that he is her boyfriend"; "The racist conceives such people to be inferior"
6.feel - undergo passive experience of:"We felt the effects of inflation"; "her fingers felt their way through the string quartet"; "she felt his contempt of her"
experience, go through, see - go or live through; "We had many trials to go through"; "he saw action in Viet Nam"
7.feel - be felt or perceived in a certain way; "The ground feels shaky"; "The sheets feel soft"
sense, feel - perceive by a physical sensation, e.g., coming from the skin or muscles; "He felt the wind"; "She felt an object brushing her arm"; "He felt his flesh crawl"; "She felt the heat when she got out of the car"
appear, seem, look - give a certain impression or have a certain outward aspect; "She seems to be sleeping"; "This appears to be a very difficult problem"; "This project looks fishy"; "They appeared like people who had not eaten or slept for a long time"
crawl - feel as if crawling with insects; "My skin crawled--I was terrified"
8.feel - grope or feel in search of something; "He felt for his wallet"
finger, feel - examine by touch; "Feel this soft cloth!"; "The customer fingered the sweater"
feel - pass one's hands over the sexual organs of; "He felt the girl in the movie theater"
palpate, feel - examine (a body part) by palpation; "The nurse palpated the patient's stomach"; "The runner felt her pulse"
grope for, scrabble - feel searchingly; "She groped for his keys in the dark"
look for, search, seek - try to locate or discover, or try to establish the existence of; "The police are searching for clues"; "They are searching for the missing man in the entire county"
9.feel - examine by touch; "Feel this soft cloth!"; "The customer fingered the sweater"
feel - grope or feel in search of something; "He felt for his wallet"
10.feel - examine (a body part) by palpation; "The nurse palpated the patient's stomach"; "The runner felt her pulse"
practice of medicine, medicine - the learned profession that is mastered by graduate training in a medical school and that is devoted to preventing or alleviating or curing diseases and injuries; "he studied medicine at Harvard"
touch - make physical contact with, come in contact with; "Touch the stone for good luck"; "She never touched her husband"
feel - grope or feel in search of something; "He felt for his wallet"
11.feel - find by testing or cautious exploration; "He felt his way around the dark room"
regain, find - come upon after searching; find the location of something that was missed or lost; "Did you find your glasses?"; "I cannot find my gloves!"
12.feel - produce a certain impression; "It feels nice to be home again"
appear, seem, look - give a certain impression or have a certain outward aspect; "She seems to be sleeping"; "This appears to be a very difficult problem"; "This project looks fishy"; "They appeared like people who had not eaten or slept for a long time"
13.feel - pass one's hands over the sexual organs of; "He felt the girl in the movie theater"
jargon, lingo, patois, argot, vernacular, slang, cant - a characteristic language of a particular group (as among thieves); "they don't speak our lingo"
touch - make physical contact with, come in contact with; "Touch the stone for good luck"; "She never touched her husband"
feel - grope or feel in search of something; "He felt for his wallet"


1. experience, suffer, bear, go through, endure, undergo, have a sensation of, have He was still feeling pain from a stomach injury.
2. touch, handle, manipulate, run your hands over, finger, stroke, paw, maul, caress, fondle The doctor felt his head.
3. be aware of, have a sensation of, be sensible of, enjoy He felt her leg against his.
4. perceive, sense, detect, discern, know, experience, notice, observe He felt something move beside him.
5. grope, explore, fumble, sound He felt his way down the wooden staircase.
6. sense, be aware, be convinced, have a feeling, have the impression, intuit, have a hunch, feel in your bones I feel that he still misses her.
7. believe, consider, judge, deem, think, hold, be of the opinion that They felt that the police could not guarantee their safety.
8. seem, appear, strike you as The air feels wet and cold on these evenings.
9. notice, note, observe, perceive, detect, discern The charity is still feeling the effects of revelations about its former president.
1. texture, finish, touch, surface, surface quality a crisp papery feel
2. impression, feeling, air, sense, quality, atmosphere, mood, aura, ambience, vibes (slang) He wanted to get the feel of the place.
feel for someone feel compassion for, pity, feel sorry for, sympathize with, be moved by, be sorry for, empathize, commiserate with, bleed for, feel sympathy for, condole with I really felt for her.
feel like something want, desire, would like, fancy, wish for, could do with, feel the need for, feel inclined, feel up to, have the inclination for I feel like a little exercise.


1. To be physically aware of through the senses:
2. To bring the hands or fingers, for example, into contact with so as to give or receive a physical sensation:
3. To reach about or search blindly or uncertainly:
4. To participate in or partake of personally:
Archaic: prove.
5. To be intuitively aware of:
Idioms: feel in one's bones, get vibrations.
6. To undergo an emotional reaction:
7. To experience or express compassion:
Idioms: be sorry, have pity.
8. To view in a certain way:
phrasal verb
feel out
To test the attitude of:
probe, sound (out).
1. A particular sensation conveyed by means of physical contact:
2. The faculty or ability to perceive tactile stimulation:
3. A general impression produced by a predominant quality or characteristic:
4. The proper method for doing, using, or handling something:
Informal: hang.
شعرشعر بيَتَحَسَّسُيَحِسيَشْعُر
cítitcítit semít pocitohmatatosahat
føleføle sigmærke
dotaknutiosjećati se
finnafinna, upplifafinnastlíîa; finnastòreifa, snerta
apčiupinėtiapgraibomis eitibūti linkusiamčiupinėtijausti
cítiť sa
čutitimenitiotipatipočutiti se
รู้สึกสัมผัส รู้สึก
hissetmekhissi duymakinanmakyoklamakyoklayarak bakmak
cảm giáccảm thấy


[fiːl] (felt (vb: pt, pp))
1. (= touch) → tocar, palpar; [+ pulse] → tomar
I'm still feeling my way (fig) → todavía me estoy familiarizando con la situación/el trabajo
to feel one's way (towards) (lit) → ir a tientas (hacia)
we're feeling our way towards an agreementestamos tanteando el terreno para llegar a un acuerdo
2. (= be aware of) [+ blow, pain, heat] → sentir; [+ responsibility] → ser consciente de
she felt a hand on her shouldersintió una mano en el hombro
I felt something movesentí que algo se movía
I felt it getting hotsentí que se iba calentando
I do feel the importance of thissoy plenamente consciente de la importancia de ello
3. (= experience) [+ pity, anger, grief] → sentir
the consequences will be felt next yearlas consecuencias se harán sentir el año próximo
they are beginning to feel the effects of the trade sanctionsestán empezando a sentir or notar los efectos de las sanciones económicas
I feel no interest in itno me interesa en absoluto, no siento ningún interés por ello
I felt myself blushnoté que me estaba sonrojando
I felt myself being swept up in the tide of excitementnoté que me estaba dejando llevar por la oleada de entusiasmo
I felt a great sense of reliefsentí un gran alivio
4. (= be affected by, suffer from) → ser sensible a
he doesn't feel the coldno es sensible al frío
don't you feel the heat?¿no te molesta el calor?
he feels the loss of his father very deeplyestá muy afectado por la muerte de su padre
5. (= think, believe) what do you feel about it?¿qué te parece a ti?
I feel that you ought to do itcreo que deberías hacerlo
I feel strongly that we should accept their offerme parece muy importante que aceptemos su oferta
he felt it necessary to point out thatcreyó or le pareció necesario señalar que ...
1. (physically) → sentirse, encontrarse
how do you feel now?¿qué tal or cómo te sientes or te encuentras ahora?
I feel much betterme siento or me encuentro mucho mejor
you'll feel all the better for a restte sentirás mucho mejor después de descansar
to feel cold/hungry/sleepytener frío/hambre/sueño
I felt (as if I was going to) faintsentí como si fuera a desmayarme
she's not feeling quite herselfno se encuentra del todo bien
to feel illsentirse mal
to feel oldsentirse viejo
do you feel sick?¿estás mareado?
I feel quite tiredme siento bastante cansado
I don't feel up to a walk just nowahora mismo no me encuentro con fuerzas para dar un paseo
2. (mentally) how does it feel to go hungry?¿cómo se siente uno pasando hambre?
how do you feel about him/about the idea?¿qué te parece él/la idea?
how do you feel about going for a walk?¿te apetece or (LAm) se te antoja dar un paseo?
I feel as if there is nothing we can dotengo la sensación de que no hay nada que hacer, me da la impresión de que no podemos hacer nada
he feels bad about leaving his wife alonesiente haber dejado sola a su mujer
I feel very crossestoy muy enfadado or (LAm) enojado
I feel for you! (= sympathize) → ¡lo siento por ti!, ¡te compadezco!
we feel for you in your lossle acompañamos en el sentimiento
since you feel so strongly about itya que te parece tan importante ...
I feel sure thatestoy seguro de que
to feel like
3.1. (= resemble) it feels like silkparece seda al tocarlo
what does it feel like to do that?¿qué se siente al hacer eso?
it felt like being drunkparecía como si estuviera uno borracho
3.2. (= give impression, have impression) it feels like (it might) rainparece que va a llover
I felt (like) a foolme sentí (un) estúpido
I felt like a new man/womanme sentí como un hombre nuevo/una mujer nueva
3.3. (= want) I feel like an appleme apetece una manzana
do you feel like a walk?¿quieres dar un paseo?, ¿te apetece dar un paseo?
I go out whenever I feel like itsalgo cuando me apetece or cuando quiero
I don't feel like itno me apetece, no tengo ganas
I don't feel like going out nowno tengo ganas de salir ahora
4. (= give impression) it feels colder out herese siente más frío aquí fuera
the house feels dampla casa parece húmeda
to feel hard/cold/damp (to the touch) → ser duro/frío/húmedo al tacto
5. (also feel around) (= grope) → tantear, ir a tientas
to feel around in the darkir a tientas or tantear en la oscuridad
he was feeling around in the dark for the dooriba tanteando en la oscuridad para encontrar la puerta
she felt in her pocket for her keysrebuscó en el bolsillo para encontrar las llaves
C. N
1. (= sensation) → sensación f
the feel of them against his palmla sensación que producían al tocarlas
she liked the feel of the breeze on her facele gustaba sentir la brisa en la cara
I don't like the feel of wool against my skinno me gusta el contacto de la lana contra la piel
the fabric has a papery feella tela tiene una textura como de papel
to know sth by the feel of itreconocer algo por el tacto
2. (= sense of touch) → tacto m
to be rough to the feelser áspero al tacto
3. (= act) let me have a feel!¡déjame que lo toque!
4. (fig) (= impression, atmosphere) → ambiente m, aspecto m
the room has a cosy feella habitación tiene un ambiente acogedor
to get the feel of (fig) [+ new job, place] → ambientarse a, familiarizarse con; [+ new car, machine] → familiarizarse con
repeat this a few times to get the feel of itrepítelo unas cuantas veces hasta que te acostumbres or te cojas el tino
to get a feel for (= get impression) → hacerse una idea de
to have a feel for languages/musictener talento para los idiomas/la música
feel out VT + ADV (fig) [+ person] → tantear
feel up VT + ADV to feel sb upmeter mano a algn


(= texture) → toucher m
(= touch) → toucher m
to have a feel of sth → toucher qch
(= character)
The room has a warm, cosy feel → La pièce donne une impression de chaleur et de confort douillet.
He tried to give the play a more contemporary feel → Il a essayé de donner à la pièce un côté plus contemporain.
to have the feel of sth (= seem like) → donner l'impression de qch
to get the feel of [+ place] → se faire une impression générale de; [+ situation] → évaluer
vt [felt] [ˈfɛlt] (pt, pp)
(= touch) → toucher
The doctor felt his forehead → Le docteur lui a touché le front.
(= explore by touching) → tâter, palper
to feel one's way (in the dark)avancer à tâtons; (in new situation)se familiariser
I'm still feeling my way → Je suis encore en train de me familiariser.
(= be aware of) → sentir
He could feel their eyes following him → Il sentait leurs yeux posés sur lui.
to feel o.s. do sth → se sentir faire qch
[+ cold, pain] → sentir
I didn't feel much pain → Je n'ai presque rien senti.
to feel the cold → être sensible au froid
to feel the heat → être sensible à la chaleur
(= perceive by touch) → toucher
Feel how soft the skin is! → Touche comme la peau est douce!
to feel o.s. (= be on form)
I don't feel myself → Je ne suis pas dans mon assiette.
[+ grief, anger] → ressentir, éprouver; [+ desire] → ressentir
(= think, believe) → penser
What do you feel about it? → Qu'est ce que vous en pensez?
to feel (that) ... → penser que ...
I feel that you ought to do it → Je pense que vous devriez le faire.
[person] (= be) → se sentir
I don't feel well → Je ne me sens pas bien.
to feel better → se sentir mieux
to feel lonely → se sentir seul(e)
I feel a bit lonely → Je me sens un peu seul.
to feel hungry → avoir faim
I was feeling hungry → J'avais faim.
to feel cold → avoir froid
I was feeling cold, so I went inside → J'avais froid, alors je suis rentré.
to feel sorry for sb → plaindre qn
[person] to feel like (= want) → avoir envie de
Do you feel like an ice cream? → Tu as envie d'une glace ?
to feel like doing sth → avoir envie de faire qch
[person] to feel like sth (= as if one is) → avoir l'impression d'être qch
[person] (= think) → penser
How do you feel about it? → Qu'en pensez-vous ?
It feels soft → C'est doux au toucher.
(= seem)
It feels colder here → Je trouve qu'il fait plus froid ici.
It feels like velvet → On dirait du velours., Ça ressemble au velours.
it feels like I ..., it feels as if I ... → j'ai l'impression de ...
It felt like learning the rules of a new game
BUT C'était comme apprendre les règles d'un nouveau jeu.
feel around
vi (= grope) → fouiller, tâtonner
feel for
vt fus
(= try to find) [+ thing] → chercher à tâtons
(= feel sorry for) [+ person] → plaindre


vb: pret, ptp <felt>
(= touch)fühlen; (examining) → befühlen; to feel one’s waysich vortasten; I’m still feeling my way (in my new job)ich versuche noch, mich (in meiner neuen Stelle) zurechtzufinden; to feel one’s way into something (fig)sich in etw (acc)einfühlen
(= be aware of by touching, feeling) prick, sun etcfühlen, spüren; I can’t feel anything in my left legich habe kein Gefühl im linken Bein; I felt it moveich spürte, wie es sich bewegte
(= be conscious of in oneself) regret, joy, fear etcfühlen, empfinden; effectsspüren; I felt myself blushich merkte or spürte, dass ich rot wurde; he felt a sense of regreter empfand Bedauern; can’t you feel the sadness in this music?können Sie nicht empfinden, wie traurig diese Musik ist?; she felt his eyes on hersie merkte or spürte, wie er sie ansah
(= be affected by) heat, cold, insult, lossleiden unter (+dat); I don’t feel the cold as much as he doesdie Kälte macht mir nicht so viel aus wie ihm; a right hook which he really feltein rechter Haken, der saß; she’s fallen, I bet she felt that!sie ist hingefallen, das hat bestimmt wehgetan!; I felt that! (pain) → das hat wehgetan!
(= think)glauben; what do you feel about him/it?was halten Sie von ihm/davon?; it was felt that …man war der Meinung, dass …; he felt it necessaryer hielt es für notwendig; don’t feel you have to …glauben Sie nicht, Sie müssten …; I can’t help feeling that …ich kann mir nicht helfen, ich glaube, dass …
(indicating physical or mental state: person) → sich fühlen; to feel well/ill/apprehensivesich wohlfühlen/elend/unsicher fühlen; I feel sickmir ist schlecht; how do you feel today?wie fühlen Sie sich heute?; to feel convinced/certainüberzeugt/sicher sein; to feel hungry/thirsty/sleepyhungrig/durstig/müde sein; I feel hot/coldmir ist heiß/kalt; I felt very touched by his remarksich war sehr gerührt von seinen Bemerkungen; I feel much betterich fühle mich viel besser, es geht mir viel besser; you’ll feel (all) the better for a bathein Bad wird Ihnen guttun; he doesn’t feel quite himself todayer ist heute nicht ganz auf der Höhe; I felt sad/strangemir war traurig/komisch zumute or zu Mute; I felt as though I’d never been awaymir war, als ob ich nie weg gewesen wäre; I felt as if I was going to be sickich dachte, mir würde schlecht werden; how do you feel about him? (emotionally) → was empfinden Sie für ihn?; you can imagine what I felt like or how I feltSie können sich (dat)vorstellen, wie mir zumute or zu Mute war
(= feel to the touch: material, ground, bricks etc) → sich anfühlen; to feel hard/soft/rough etcsich hart/weich/rau etc anfühlen; the room/air feels warmdas Zimmer/die Luft kommt einem warm vor; my skin feels tightmir spannt die Haut; the shirt feels as though it’s made of silkdas Hemd fühlt sich so an, als sei es aus Seide
(= think, have opinions)meinen; how do you feel about him/the idea/going for a walk?was halten Sie von ihm/der Idee/von einem Spaziergang?; how do you feel about these developments?was meinen Sie zu dieser Entwicklung?; that’s just how I feeldas meine ich auch, ich bin genau derselben Meinung
to feel like (= have desire for)Lust haben auf (+acc); food alsoAppetit haben auf (+acc); I feel like something to eatich möchte jetzt gern etwas essen; I feel like going for a walkich habe Lust spazieren zu gehen; I felt like screaming/crying/giving upich hätte am liebsten geschrien/geheult/aufgegeben, ich hätte schreien/heulen/aufgeben können; if you feel like itwenn Sie Lust haben, wenn Sie wollen or gern möchten
impers what does it feel like or how does it feel to be all alone?wie fühlt man sich or wie ist das so ganz allein?; what does it feel like or how does it feel to be the boss?wie fühlt man sich als Chef?, was ist das für ein Gefühl, Chef zu sein?; it feels like flyinges ist wie Fliegen
n no pl
let me have a feel (of it)!lass (mich) mal fühlen!
(= quality when touched) it has a velvety/papery feeles fühlt sich samten/wie Papier an; he loved the feel of her skiner liebte es, wie sich ihre Haut anfühlte; he recognizes things by their feeler erkennt Dinge daran, wie sie sich anfühlen; I don’t like the feel of wool against my skinich mag Wolle nicht auf der Haut; I like the feel of the sun on my faceich spüre gerne die Sonne im Gesicht
(= quality) the room has a cosy feeldas Zimmer hat eine gemütliche Atmosphäre; there’s a nostalgic feel to his musicseine Musik klingt nostalgisch
(fig) to get/have a feel for somethingein Gefühl ntfür etw bekommen/haben; to get the feel for somethingein Gefühl ntfür etw bekommen; you must get the feel of the poemSie müssen sich in das Gedicht einfühlen


[fiːl] (felt (vb: pt, pp))
1. n (sense of touch) → tatto; (sensation) → sensazione f; (of substance) → consistenza
to be rough to the feel → essere ruvido/a al tatto
to know sth by the feel of it → riconoscere qc al tatto
let me have a feel! → fammi toccare!
to get the feel of sth (fig) → abituarsi a qc
2. vt
a. (touch) → tastare, sentire, toccare
to feel sb's pulse → sentire or tastare il polso a qn
to feel one's way (towards) → avanzare a tastoni (verso)
I'm still feeling my way (fig) → sto ancora tastando il terreno
b. (be aware of) → sentire; (experience, pain, pity, anger) → provare, sentire
he doesn't feel the cold → non sente il freddo
she felt a hand on her shoulder → sentì una mano sulla spalla
I felt something move → ho sentito qualcosa che si muoveva
we are beginning to feel the effects → cominciamo a sentire gli effetti
I felt a great sense of relief → ho sentito un grande sollievo
he feels the loss of his father very deeply → sta risentendo molto della morte del padre
c. (think, believe) to feel (that)credere (che), pensare (che)
I feel that you ought to do it → penso che dovresti farlo
he felt it necessary to point out that ... → ritenne necessario far notare che...
since you feel so strongly about it ... → visto che ci tieni tanto...
I feel it in my bones that ... → me lo sento nelle ossa che...
what do you feel about it? → cosa ne pensi?
3. vi
a. (physically, mentally) → sentirsi
to feel cold/hungry/sleepy → avere freddo/fame/sonno
to feel ill → sentirsi male
I don't feel well → non mi sento bene
I feel much better → mi sento molto meglio
to feel lonely → sentirsi solo/a
she's not feeling quite herself → non si sente molto bene
I felt (as if I was going to) faint → mi sono sentito svenire
to feel ashamed → avere vergogna
I feel sure that ... → sono sicuro che...
to feel sorry for sb → dispiacersi per qn
I feel very cross/sorry → sono molto arrabbiato/triste
he feels bad about leaving his wife alone → gli dispiace lasciare sola la moglie
I feel as if there is nothing we can do → ho la sensazione che non ci possiamo fare niente
how do you feel about him/about the idea? → che ne pensi di lui/dell'idea?
to feel like sth/doing sth → avere voglia di qc/di fare qc
what does it feel like to do that? → che effetto ti fa fare ciò?
I don't feel up to (doing) it → non me la sento (di farlo)
I felt (like) a fool → mi sono sentito uno stupido
I feel for you! (sympathize) → come ti capisco!
b. (objects) to feel hard/cold/damp (to the touch)essere duro/a/freddo/a/umido/a al tatto
it feels soft → è morbido al tatto
the house feels damp → la casa sembra umida
it feels like silk → sembra seta al tatto
it feels colder out here → sembra più freddo qui fuori
it feels like (it might) rain → sembra che voglia piovere
it felt like being drunk or as if I was drunk → mi sentivo come se fossi ubriaco
c. (grope) → cercare a tastoni
to feel about or around for → cercare a tastoni
to feel about or around for sth in the dark → cercare a tastoni qc al buio
to feel (about or around) in one's pocket for → frugarsi in tasca per cercare


(fiːl) past tense, past participle felt (felt) verb
1. to become aware of (something) by the sense of touch. She felt his hand on her shoulder.
2. to find out the shape, size, texture etc of something by touching, usually with the hands. She felt the parcel carefully.
3. to experience or be aware of (an emotion, sensation etc). He felt a sudden anger.
4. to think (oneself) to be. She feels sick; How does she feel about her work?
5. to believe or consider. She feels that the firm treated her badly.
ˈfeeler noun
(in certain animals, insects etc) an organ for touching, especially one of the two thread-like parts on an insect's head.
ˈfeeling noun
1. power and ability to feel. I have no feeling in my little finger.
2. something that one feels physically. a feeling of great pain.
3. (usually in plural) something that one feels in one's mind. His angry words hurt my feelings; a feeling of happiness.
4. an impression or belief. I have a feeling that the work is too hard.
5. affection. He has no feeling for her now.
6. emotion. He spoke with great feeling.
feel as if / as though
to have the sensation (physical or mental) or feeling that. I feel as if I am going to be sick; She feels as though she has known him for years.
feel like
1. to have the feelings that one would have if one were. I feel like a princess in this beautiful dress; He felt like an idiot (= He felt very foolish).
2. to feel that one would like to (have, do etc). I feel like a drink; Do you feel like going to the cinema?
feel one's way
to find one's way by feeling. I had to feel my way to the door in the dark.
get the feel of
to become accustomed to. to get the feel of a new job.


يَتَحَسَّسُ, يَشْعُرُ cítit (se), osahat føle fühlen αισθάνομαι, νιώθω palpar, sentir tunnustella, tuntea se sentir, tâter dotaknuti, osjećati se sentire ・・・を感じる, 感じる 느끼다 voelen føle czuć, poczuć sentir ощупать, чувствовать känna รู้สึก, สัมผัส รู้สึก hissetmek cảm giác, cảm thấy 感觉, 触摸


vi. sentir, percibir, sentirse;
Do you ___ the effects of the medication?¿Siente, sientes los efectos de la medicina?;
to ___ hungrytener hambre;
to ___ the effects ofsentir los efectos de;
to ___ liketener ganas de;
to ___ sleepytener sueño;
to ___ sorry forcompadecerse de; tener lástima de;
to ___ the pulsetomar el pulso;
to ___ thirstytener sed;
to ___ badsentirse mal;
to ___ better___ mejor;
to ___ good, fine___ bien;
to ___ uncomfortable___ incómodo-a.


vt (pret & pp felt) (something external) sentir; Can you feel this?..¿Puede sentir esto?…Do you feel any pain?.. ¿Siente algún dolor?; vi (internally) sentirse; How do you feel?..¿Cómo se siente?…Do you feel sick?..¿Se siente enfermo?… I hope you feel better soon..Espero que se sienta mejor pronto; to — bad sentirse mal, (spiritually or morally) sentirse mal (con uno mismo); I feel bad for having cheated on my husband..Me siento mal (conmigo misma) por haber traicionado a mi esposo; to — good about oneself sentirse bien con uno mismo
References in classic literature ?
Poor Meg seldom complained, but a sense of injustice made her feel bitter toward everyone sometimes, for she had not yet learned to know how rich she was in the blessings which alone can make life happy.
In the evening when the son sat in the room with his mother, the silence made them both feel awk- ward.
But if, like Queequeg and me in the bed, the tip of your nose or the crown of your head be slightly chilled, why then, indeed, in the general consciousness you feel most delightfully and unmistakably warm.
I had been suffering for many weary weeks past such remorse as only miserable women like me can feel.
Permit me to ask you to feel and be felt by my friend Mr.
Good-bye, Little Weena," I said, kissing her; and then putting her down, I began to feel over the parapet for the climbing hooks.
Ah," sighed Caderousse, "a man cannot always feel happy because he is about to be married.
To tell you the truth, I had supposed that YOU were jesting in your letter; wherefore, my heart was feeling heavy at the thought that you could feel so displeased with me.
Does a passenger ever feel the life of the ship in which he is being carried like a sort of honoured bale of highly sensitive goods?
But it is not in human nature--only in human pretence--for a young man like Arthur, with a fine constitution and fine spirits, thinking well of himself, believing that others think well of him, and having a very ardent intention to give them more and more reason for that good opinion--it is not possible for such a young man, just coming into a splendid estate through the death of a very old man whom he was not fond of, to feel anything very different from exultant joy.
They epitomize the experience of their fellow-mortal, and pronounce judgment on him in neat syntax, and feel themselves wise and virtuous--conquerors over the temptations they define in well- selected predicates.
These reflections make you feel a little more cheerful, but only for a brief period; for the next moment you think what a fool you must be to imagine for an instant that anybody would be sorry at anything that might happen to you.