I. verb (felt; feeling) Etymology: Middle English felen, from Old English fēlan; akin to Old High German fuolen to feel, Latin palpare to caress Date: before 12th century transitive verb 1. a. to handle or touch in order to examine, test, or explore some quality b. to perceive by a physical sensation coming from discrete end organs (as of the skin or muscles) 2. a. to undergo passive experience of b. to have one's sensibilities markedly affected by 3. to ascertain by cautious trial — usually used with out 4. a. to be aware of by instinct or inference b. believe, think <
say what you really feel
intransitive verb 1. a. to receive or be able to receive a tactile sensation b. to search for something by using the sense of touch 2. a. to be conscious of an inward impression, state of mind, or physical condition b. to have a marked sentiment or opinion <
feels strongly about it
3. seem <
it feels like spring today
4. to have sympathy or pity <
I feel for you
II. noun Date: 13th century 1. sensation, feeling 2. the sense of touch 3. a. the quality of a thing as imparted through or as if through touch b. typical or peculiar quality or atmosphere; also an awareness of such a quality or atmosphere 4. intuitive knowledge or ability

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