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v. felt, feel•ing,
Feel is a common verb that has several meanings. Its past tense and -ed participle is felt.
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.
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.
However, if you want to say that someone suddenly became aware of something, you must use felt.
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.
You can use an infinitive without to after felt to show that someone became aware of a single action.
When you feel an object, you touch it deliberately in order to find out what it is like.
The way something feels is the way it seems to you when you hold it or touch it.
When you use feel like this, don't use a progressive form. Don't say, for example, 'The blanket was feeling soft'.
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.
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.
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'.
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 feel like doing something, you want to do it.
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'.
Don't say that you 'feel like to do' something.
Past participle: felt
|Noun||1.||feel - an intuitive awareness; "he has a feel for animals" or "it's easy when you get the feel of it";|
|2.||feel - 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"|
|Verb||1.||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"
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
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
sadden - come to feel sad
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"
|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"|
|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"|
|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"|
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"
|9.||feel - examine by touch; "Feel this soft cloth!"; "The customer fingered the sweater"|
|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"
|11.||feel - find by testing or cautious exploration; "He felt his way around the dark room"|
|12.||feel - produce a certain impression; "It feels nice to be home again"|
|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[fiːl] (felt (vb: pt, pp))
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 agreement → estamos tanteando el terreno para llegar a un acuerdo
she felt a hand on her shoulder → sintió una mano en el hombro
I felt something move → sentí que algo se movía
I felt it getting hot → sentí que se iba calentando
I do feel the importance of this → soy plenamente consciente de la importancia de ello
the consequences will be felt next year → las consecuencias se harán sentir el año próximo
they are beginning to feel the effects of the trade sanctions → están empezando a sentir or notar los efectos de las sanciones económicas
I feel no interest in it → no me interesa en absoluto, no siento ningún interés por ello
I felt myself blush → noté que me estaba sonrojando
I felt myself being swept up in the tide of excitement → noté que me estaba dejando llevar por la oleada de entusiasmo
I felt a great sense of relief → sentí un gran alivio
he doesn't feel the cold → no es sensible al frío
don't you feel the heat? → ¿no te molesta el calor?
he feels the loss of his father very deeply → está muy afectado por la muerte de su padre
I feel that you ought to do it → creo que deberías hacerlo
I feel strongly that we should accept their offer → me parece muy importante que aceptemos su oferta
he felt it necessary to point out that → creyó or le pareció necesario señalar que ...
how do you feel now? → ¿qué tal or cómo te sientes or te encuentras ahora?
I feel much better → me siento or me encuentro mucho mejor
you'll feel all the better for a rest → te sentirás mucho mejor después de descansar
to feel cold/hungry/sleepy → tener frío/hambre/sueño
I felt (as if I was going to) faint → sentí como si fuera a desmayarme
she's not feeling quite herself → no se encuentra del todo bien
to feel ill → sentirse mal
to feel old → sentirse viejo
do you feel sick? → ¿estás mareado?
I feel quite tired → me siento bastante cansado
I don't feel up to a walk just now → ahora mismo no me encuentro con fuerzas para dar un paseo
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 do → tengo 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 alone → siente haber dejado sola a su mujer
I feel very cross → estoy muy enfadado or (LAm) enojado
I feel for you! (= sympathize) → ¡lo siento por ti!, ¡te compadezco!
we feel for you in your loss → le acompañamos en el sentimiento
since you feel so strongly about it → ya que te parece tan importante ...
I feel sure that → estoy seguro de que
to feel like
what does it feel like to do that? → ¿qué se siente al hacer eso?
it felt like being drunk → parecía como si estuviera uno borracho
I felt (like) a fool → me sentí (un) estúpido
I felt like a new man/woman → me sentí como un hombre nuevo/una mujer nueva
do you feel like a walk? → ¿quieres dar un paseo?, ¿te apetece dar un paseo?
I go out whenever I feel like it → salgo cuando me apetece or cuando quiero
I don't feel like it → no me apetece, no tengo ganas
I don't feel like going out now → no tengo ganas de salir ahora
the house feels damp → la casa parece húmeda
to feel hard/cold/damp (to the touch) → ser duro/frío/húmedo al tacto
to feel around in the dark → ir a tientas or tantear en la oscuridad
he was feeling around in the dark for the door → iba tanteando en la oscuridad para encontrar la puerta
she felt in her pocket for her keys → rebuscó en el bolsillo para encontrar las llaves
the feel of them against his palm → la sensación que producían al tocarlas
she liked the feel of the breeze on her face → le gustaba sentir la brisa en la cara
I don't like the feel of wool against my skin → no me gusta el contacto de la lana contra la piel
the fabric has a papery feel → la tela tiene una textura como de papel
to know sth by the feel of it → reconocer algo por el tacto
the room has a cosy feel → la 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 it → repítelo 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/music → tener talento para los idiomas/la música
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
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.
He could feel their eyes following him → Il sentait leurs yeux posés sur lui.
to feel o.s. do sth → se sentir faire qch
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
I don't feel myself → Je ne suis pas dans mon assiette.
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
Do you feel like an ice cream? → Tu as envie d'une glace ?
to feel like doing sth → avoir envie de faire qch
How do you feel about it? → Qu'en pensez-vous ?
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.
feelvb: pret, ptp <felt>
feel[fiːl] (felt (vb: pt, pp))
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
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
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
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?
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!
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