mind  ( minds 3rd person present) ( minding present participle) ( minded past tense & past participle ) (VERB USES)
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1 verb If you do not mind something, you are not annoyed or bothered by it.
usu with brd-neg
I don't mind the noise during the day... V n/-ing
Do you mind being alone?... V n/-ing
I hope you don't mind me calling in like this, without an appointment... V n -ing
It involved a little extra work, but nobody seemed to mind. V
2 verb You use mind in the expressions `do you mind?' and `would you mind?' as a polite way of asking permission or asking someone to do something., (politeness)
Do you mind if I ask you one more thing?... V if
Would you mind waiting outside for a moment?... V -ing
`Would you like me to read that for you?'<emdash>`If you wouldn't mind, please.' V
3 verb If someone does not mind what happens or what something is like, they do not have a strong preference for any particular thing.
I don't mind what we play, really... V wh
4 verb If you tell someone to mind something, you are warning them to be careful not to hurt themselves or other people, or damage something.
(BRIT) usu imper
Mind that bike! V n
in AM, usually use watch
5 verb You use mind when you are reminding someone to do something or telling them to be careful not to do something.
(BRIT) only imper
Mind you don't burn those sausages. V that
in AM, usually use make sure, take care
6 verb If you mind a child or something such as a shop or luggage, you look after it, usually while the person who owns it or is usually responsible for it is somewhere else.
Jim Coulters will mind the store while I'm away. V n
in AM, usually use take care of, watch
7 If you are offered something or offered a choice and you say `I don't mind', you are saying politely that you will be happy with any of the things offered.
I don't mind convention
`Which one of these do you want?'<emdash>`I don't mind.'
8 You say `Don't mind me' to apologize for your presence when you think that it might embarrass someone, and to tell them to carry on with what they were doing or about to do.
don't mind me convention
9 You use don't mind in expressions such as don't mind him or don't mind them to apologize for someone else's behaviour when you think it might have offended the person you are speaking to.
don't mind him/her etc phrase PHR n
Don't mind the old lady. She's getting senile.
10 Some people say `Mind how you go' when they are saying goodbye to someone who is leaving.
mind how you go convention
11 People use the expression if you don't mind when they are rejecting an offer or saying that they do not want to do something, especially when they are annoyed.
if you don't mind phrase PHR with cl (feelings)
`Sit down.'<emdash>`I prefer standing for a while, if you don't mind.'...
12 You use mind you to emphasize a piece of information that you are adding, especially when the new information explains what you have said or contrasts with it. Some people use mind in a similar way.
mind (you) phrase PHR with cl (emphasis)
They pay full rates. Mind you, they can afford it..., You need a bit of cold water in there to make it comfortable. Not too cold, mind.
13 You say never mind when you are emphasizing that something is not serious or important, especially when someone is upset about it or is saying sorry to you.
never mind convention
14 You use never mind to tell someone that they need not do something or worry about something, because it is not important or because you will do it yourself.
never mind phrase oft PHR n/wh
`Was his name David?'<emdash10001`No I don't think it was, but never mind, go on.'..., Dorothy, come on. Never mind your shoes. They'll soon dry off..., `Fewter didn't seem to think so.'<emdash>`Never mind what Fewter said.'
15 You use never mind after a statement, often a negative one, to indicate that the statement is even more true of the person, thing, or situation that you are going to mention next.
never mind sth phrase
I'm not going to believe it myself, never mind convince anyone else...
16 You use never you mind to tell someone not to ask about something because it is not their concern or they should not know about it.
never you mind convention
`Where is it?'<emdash>`Never you mind.'
17 If you say that you wouldn't mind something, you mean that you would quite like it.
sb wouldn't mind sth/doing sth phrase PHR n/-ing
I wouldn't mind a coffee...
to mind your own business