feel for

feel for
F f


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [feel fawr]
    • /fil fɔr/
    • /fiːl fɔː(r)/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [feel fawr]
    • /fil fɔr/

Definitions of feel for words

  • verb with object feel for to perceive or examine by touch. 1
  • verb with object feel for to have a sensation of (something), other than by sight, hearing, taste, or smell: to feel a toothache. 1
  • verb with object feel for to find or pursue (one's way) by touching, groping, or cautious moves. 1
  • verb with object feel for to be or become conscious of. 1
  • verb with object feel for to be emotionally affected by: to feel one's disgrace keenly. 1
  • verb with object feel for to experience the effects of: The whole region felt the storm. 1

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Origin of feel for

First appearance:

before 900
One of the 4% oldest English words
before 900; Middle English felen, Old English fēlan; cognate with Old Saxon fōlian, German fühlen; akin to Old Norse falma to grope. See fumble

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Parts of speech for Feel for


feel for popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 97% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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Synonyms for feel for

verb feel for

  • ache — If you ache or a part of your body aches, you feel a steady, fairly strong pain.
  • suffer — to undergo or feel pain or distress: The patient is still suffering.
  • agonize — If you agonize over something, you feel very anxious about it and spend a long time thinking about it.
  • pity — sympathetic or kindly sorrow evoked by the suffering, distress, or misfortune of another, often leading one to give relief or aid or to show mercy: to feel pity for astarving child.
  • sympathize — to be in sympathy or agreement of feeling; share in a feeling (often followed by with).

Antonyms for feel for

verb feel for

  • turn away — face opposite way
  • misunderstand — to take (words, statements, etc.) in a wrong sense; understand wrongly.
  • mistake — an error in action, calculation, opinion, or judgment caused by poor reasoning, carelessness, insufficient knowledge, etc.
  • misinterpret — Interpret (something or someone) wrongly.
  • punish — to subject to pain, loss, confinement, death, etc., as a penalty for some offense, transgression, or fault: to punish a criminal.

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