Word forms: feelings
1. countable noun
A feeling is an emotion, such as anger or happiness. [+ of] ⇒ It gave me a feeling of satisfaction. ⇒ Strong feelings of pride welled up in me. ⇒ I think our main feeling would be of an immense gratitude. ⇒ He was unable to contain his own destructive feelings.
2. plural noun [oft with poss] Your feelings about something are the things that you think and feel about it, or your attitude towards it. opinions [+ about] ⇒ She has strong feelings about the alleged growth in violence against female officers. ⇒ I have also begun to reassess my own feelings about being a woman. [+ of] ⇒ I think that sums up the feelings of most discerning and intelligent Indians. ⇒ He made no real secret of his feelings to his friends. 3. plural noun [usu poss N] When you refer to someone's feelings, you are talking about the things that might embarrass, offend, or upset them. For example, if you hurt someone's feelings, you upset them by something that you say or do. ⇒ He was afraid of hurting my feelings. ⇒ He has no respect, no regard for anyone's feelings. ⇒ What about my feelings? 4. uncountable noun Feeling is a way of thinking and reacting to things which is emotional and not planned rather than logical and practical. ⇒ He was prompted to a rare outburst of feeling. ⇒ ...a voice that trembles with feeling. 5. uncountable noun Feeling for someone is love, affection, sympathy, or concern for them. [+ for] ⇒ Thomas never lost his feeling for Harriet. ⇒ It's incredible that Peter can behave with such stupid lack of feeling. 6. countable noun If you have a feeling of hunger, tiredness, or other physical sensation, you experience it. sensation ⇒ I also had a strange feeling in my neck. ⇒ Focus on the feeling of relaxation. [+ of] ⇒ He experienced feelings of claustrophobia from being in a small place. 7. uncountable noun
Feeling in part of your body is the ability to experience the sense of touch in this part of the body. ⇒ After the accident he had no feeling in his legs.
8. countable noun [oft N that] If you have a feeling that something is the case or that something is going to happen, you think that is probably the case or that it is probably going to happen. ⇒ I have a feeling that everything will come right for us one day. [+ about] ⇒ You have a feeling about people, and I just felt she was going to be good. 9. uncountable noun [oft N that] Feeling is used to refer to a general opinion that a group of people has about something. ⇒ There is still some feeling in the art world that the market for such works may be declining. ⇒ It seemed that anti-Fascist feeling was not being encouraged. 10. singular noun
If you have a feeling of being in a particular situation, you feel that you are in that situation. sensation [+ of] ⇒ I had the terrible feeling of being left behind to bring up the baby while he had fun.
11. singular noun
If you have a feeling for something, you have an understanding of it or a natural ability to do it. ⇒ Try to get a feeling for the people who live here. ⇒ You seem to have a feeling for drawing.
12. singular nounpragmatics note: feelingsIn this dictionary, the label feelings indicates that you use the word or expression to show how you feel about a situation, a person, or a thing. An example of a word with this label is unfortunately. If something such as a place or book creates a particular kind of feeling, it creates a particular kind of atmosphere. air [+ of] ⇒ That's what we tried to portray in the book, this feeling of opulence and grandeur.
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