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mind

2 verb
     
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1

feel annoyed

[intransitive,transitive not in progressive or passive, usually in questions and negatives] to feel annoyed or upset about something:
I don't mind the heat, in fact I quite like it.
The expression on Dan's face showed that he did mind, very much.
I wouldn't have minded if she'd asked me first.
mind doing something
Did you mind being away from home for so long?
mind somebody doing something
Don't your parents mind you staying out so late?
mind that
He didn't mind that other people in the village thought him odd.
2

not mind doing something

to be willing to do something:
I don't mind driving if you're tired.
3

not care which one

not mind

[intransitive,transitive not in progressive or passive] especially British English if you do not mind what someone does or what happens, you do not have a strong opinion about it:
'Do you want to go out now or later?' 'I don't really mind.'
not mind what/who/where etc
I don't mind where we go.
4

mind your own business

informal to not ask questions about a situation that does not involve you:
Why don't you just mind your own business and leave me in peace?
I wish he'd mind his own business.
5

be minding your own business

to be doing something ordinary on your own when something unexpected happens to you:
My father was just driving along, minding his own business, when suddenly a brick came through the window.
6 spoken

never mind

a) used to tell someone not to worry or be upset about something:
'We haven't done very well, have we?' 'Never mind. At least we tried.'
never mind about
Never mind about the car. You're safe, and that's the main thing.
b) used to say that something is not possible or likely, because even a less extreme thing is not possible or likely:
Well, you would have hardly got a bed in that room, never mind anything else.
I don't think I could walk that far, never mind run that far.
c) used to tell someone that it is not important to do or consider something now, often because something else is more important:
Never mind me - what about you? What have you been doing?
Never mind the dishes - I'll do them later.
never mind doing something
Never mind looking at the boys, we're supposed to be playing tennis.
never mind why/how etc
Never mind how I got here. Tell me what happened.
7 spoken

I wouldn't mind (doing) something

used to say that you would like something:
'Can I get you anything to drink?' 'I wouldn't mind a coffee.'
She's gorgeous! I wouldn't mind looking like that!
8 spoken

would/do you mind...?

a) used to politely ask someone's permission
would you mind if
Would you mind if I opened the window?
Would you mind if I came with you?
I'll have to leave early, do you mind?
b) used to politely ask someone to do something
would you mind doing something?
Would you mind waiting outside?
'Do you want me to carry this bag for you?' 'Would you mind?'
c) used to angrily ask or tell someone to do something
would you mind doing something?
Would you mind telling me what you're doing in here?
Would you mind shutting up for a minute?
9 spoken

mind you

also mind British English used when saying something that is almost the opposite of what you have just said, or that explains or emphasizes it:
He looks very young in this photo. Mind you, it was taken years ago.
I love hot weather, but not too hot, mind.
10 spoken

warning

mind!

British English used to warn someone to be careful because they might hurt themselves or someone else, or damage something:
Mind that bike, James!
mind your head/fingers etc
Mind your head - the ceiling's a bit low.
mind how/where/who etc
It's slippery, so mind where you're walking.
11 spoken

mind how you go

British English used when saying goodbye to someone, to tell them to take care
12 spoken

mind you do something

British English used to tell someone to do something:
Mind you behave yourself.
13 spoken

never you mind

especially British English used to tell someone that you are not going to tell them something because it is private or secret:
'What's that you were saying to Dad?' 'Never you mind.'
14 spoken

do you mind!

used to say to someone that you are annoyed with them because of something they have just done or said:
Do you mind! I just washed that floor!
15 spoken

if you don't mind

also if you wouldn't mind
a) used to check that someone is willing to do something or let you do something:
If you don't mind, I think I'll go to bed now.
I'd like to stay a while longer if you don't mind.
We'll go there together - that's if you don't mind.
b) used when you are annoyed to tell someone what to do or what you are going to do:
Now, if you don't mind, I'd like to get back to bed.
c) used humorously or rudely to correct something someone has said:
The name's John, not Jonathan, if you don't mind.
d) used to refuse someone's offer politely:
'Do you want to come for a drink?' 'I won't if you don't mind. I've got a lot of work to do.'
16 spoken

if you don't mind my saying so/if you don't mind me asking

used when you are saying or asking something that you think might offend someone:
You're looking tired, if you don't mind my saying so.
How old are you, if you don't mind me asking?
17 spoken

I don't mind admitting/telling you/saying etc

used to emphasize what you are saying, especially when it could make you seem silly:
I don't mind admitting that I was really scared.
18 spoken

don't mind me

a) used to tell someone not to pay any attention to you:
If you want to get on and do something, please don't mind me.
b) used when you are annoyed because someone is not paying any attention to you:
Don't mind me! I only live here!
19 spoken

don't mind her/him etc

used to say sorry for someone else's behaviour:
Don't mind her. She doesn't mean to be hurtful.
20 spoken

(I) don't mind if I do

old-fashioned used humorously to accept something such as food or drink that has been offered to you
21

take care of something/somebody

[transitive] British English
a) to be responsible for something for a short time [= watch]:
Will you mind my bag while I buy my ticket?
b) to take care of a child while their parents are not there [= look after]:
My sister minds the baby while I'm at yoga.
22

mind the shop

British English, mind the store American English informal to be in charge of something, while the person who is usually in charge is not there
23

mind your manners/language/p's and q's

to be careful about what you say or how you behave so that you do not offend anyone:
She gave him a frown and told him to mind his manners.
24

obey

[transitive not in progressive] American English to obey someone's instructions or advice:
Some dogs will mind instructions better than others.

mind out

phrasal verb
used to warn someone to be careful:
Mind out. The plates are hot.

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