mind


mind
{{11}}mind (n.) late 12c., from O.E. gemynd "memory, remembrance, state of being remembered; thought, purpose; conscious mind, intellect, intention," P.Gmc. *ga-mundiz (Cf. Goth. muns "thought," munan "to think;" O.N. minni "mind;" Ger. Minne (archaic) "love," originally "memory, loving memory"), from PIE root *men- "think, remember, have one's mind aroused," with derivatives referring to qualities of mind or states of thought (Cf. Skt. matih "thought," munih "sage, seer;" Gk. memona "I yearn," mania "madness," mantis "one who divines, prophet, seer;" L. mens "mind, understanding, reason," memini "I remember," mentio "remembrance;" Lith. mintis "thought, idea," O.C.S. mineti "to believe, think," Rus. pamjat "memory").
Meaning "mental faculty" is mid-14c. "Memory," one of the oldest senses, now is almost obsolete except in old expressions such as bear in mind, call to mind. Mind's eye "remembrance" is early 15c. Phrase time out of mind is attested from early 15c. To pay no mind "disregard" is recorded from 1916, American English dialect. To have half a mind to "to have one's mind half made up to (do something)" is recorded from 1726. Mind-reading is from 1882.
{{12}}mind (v.) mid-14c., "to remember, take care to remember," also "to remind," from MIND (Cf. mind) (n.). Meaning "perceive, notice" is from late 15c.; that of "to give heed to" is from 1550s; that of "be careful about" is from 1737. Sense of "object to, dislike" is from c.1600; negative use (with not) "to care for, to trouble oneself with" is attested from c.1600. Meaning "to take care of, look after" is from 1690s. Related: MINDED (Cf. Minded); minding. Meiotic expression don't mind if I do attested from 1847.

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