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feeling

1 noun
     
feel‧ing1 S1 W1
1

anger/sadness/joy etc

[countable] an emotion that you feel, such as anger, sadness, or happiness
feeling of
terrible feelings of guilt
It's a great feeling when a wild animal shows you affection.
It was the last game of the season, and feelings were running high (=people were very angry or excited).
2

way somebody thinks/feels

feelings

[plural] someone's feelings are their thoughts, emotions, and attitudes:
He's considerate of other people's feelings.
Don't worry. It won't hurt my feelings if you change your mind.
Children only slowly develop the ability to put their feelings into words (=describe what they are thinking and feeling).
My parents had mixed feelings (=had both good and bad feelings) about all the changes.
3

opinion

[countable] a belief or opinion about something, especially one that is influenced by your emotions:
My personal feeling is that not enough has been done.
feeling on
She has strong feelings on the issue of abortion.
feeling about
a survey on people's feelings about the candidates
His gut feeling (=opinion based on emotion) was that Burns was probably guilty.
4

have/get a feeling (that)

to think that something is probably true, or will probably happen
have/get a feeling (that) (that)
Leslie suddenly got the feeling that somebody was watching her.
He had a sneaking feeling (=a slight feeling that something is true, without being sure) that they were laughing at him.
Garry had a sinking feeling (=had a sudden bad feeling that something is true) that he was making a mistake.
have/get a feeling (that) about
I have a good feeling about this. I think it's going to work.
5

general attitude

[uncountable] a general attitude among a group of people about a subject:
the anti-American feeling in the region
feeling against/in favour of
Johnson underestimated the strength of public feeling against the war.
the depth of feeling against nuclear weapons
6

heat/cold/pain etc

[countable] something that you feel in your body, such as heat, cold, tiredness etc:
I keep getting this funny feeling (=a strange feeling) in my neck.
feeling of
feelings of dizziness
7

ability to feel

[uncountable] the ability to feel pain, heat etc in part of your body:
Harry had lost all feeling in his toes.
8

effect of a place/book etc

[singular] the effect that a place, book, film etc has on people and the way it makes them feel
feeling of
the town's strong feeling of history
It gives a feeling of eating outdoors, without having to worry about being rained on.
9

I know the feeling

spoken said when you understand how someone feels because you have had the same experience:
'It's so embarrassing when you can't remember someone's name.' 'I know the feeling.'
10

the feeling is mutual

spoken said when you have the same feeling about someone as they have towards you:
My dad hated my boyfriend, and the feeling was mutual.
11

bad/ill feeling

anger, lack of trust etc between people, especially after an argument or unfair decision:
The changes have caused a lot of ill feeling among the workforce.
12

with feeling

in a way that shows you feel very angry, happy etc:
Chang spoke with great feeling about the injustices of the regime.
13

a feeling for something

a) an ability to do something or understand a subject, which you get from experience:
an orchestra that has always shown a special feeling for Brahms' music
b) a natural ability to do something [= talent]:
He has a natural feeling for mathematical ideas.
14

emotions not thought

[uncountable] a way of reacting to things using your emotions, instead of thinking about them carefully:
The Romantic writers valued feeling above all else.

➔ no hard feelings

at hard1 (19)

; ➔ hurt somebody's feelings

at hurt1 (4)

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