the complex nature of the human mind

conscious, subconscious, unconscious

Our subconscious mind tries to protect us.

logical, rational
best, brilliant, finest, great

a problem that has defeated the world's finest minds

agile, curious, enquiring, inquisitive, keen, lively, sharp
analytical, clear

I need a clear mind if I want to continue with my work.

creative, fertile, imaginative
closed, open

Try to keep an open mind until you've heard all the facts.


impressionable young minds that are easily influenced

dirty, one-track, perverted, sick, twisted, warped

Honestly, all you ever talk about is sex—you have a one-track mind!

feeble, little
tired, weary
tortured, troubled
deranged, fevered, wandering
collective, public

a subject which was on the nation's collective mind

come into, come to, cross, enter, flash across, flash into, go through, spring to

The thought never crossed my mind!

I'm sure someone can help you, but no one immediately springs to mind.

fill, flood, invade

Serious doubts began to flood my mind.

bear in, keep in

Bear in mind the age of the vehicle when assessing its value.

Here are some important points to keep in mind … 

escape, slip

I'm sorry I forgot your birthday—it completely slipped my mind.

be imprinted on, stick in

terrible images that will be imprinted on our minds for ever

haunt, plague, prey on

It's been preying on my mind ever since it happened.


He occupied his mind by playing cards against himself.


Kate desperately searched her mind for some excuse.

concentrate, focus

He wanted us to focus our minds on unsolved problems.


You have to train your mind to think positively.

clear, empty

Try meditating to clear your mind of negative thoughts.


Just free your mind and write whatever comes.

cloud, dull

Exhaustion clouded her mind.

corrupt, poison, warp

She was poisoning his mind and turning him against his family.

close, open

He had closed his mind to anything new.

calm, ease, quiet, refresh, relax, soothe

His comments did nothing to ease my mind.

blow, boggle

a collection of photographs that will blow your mind


Tell me what you want—I can't read your mind!


She was the only person who understood his mind.

engage, stimulate
exercise, stretch

He feared he was losing his mind.


I'll never understand how his mind works.

drift, stray, wander

Her mind began to wander.

buzz, race, whirl

His mind raced, trying to think of a way out of the situation.

be in a turmoil (esp. BrE), reel, spin

Her mind was still reeling from the shock.

turn to sth

My mind turned to more practical matters.

in your mind

You've been in my mind a lot lately.

in mind

I'll keep what you say in mind.

on your mind

I have a lot on my mind at the moment.

at the back of your mind, in the back of your mind

The problem was always at the back of my mind.

at the forefront of your mind, in the forefront of your mind

Try to keep safety in the forefront of your mind at all times.

a frame of mind, a state of mind

He's in rather a negative frame of mind.

get your mind around sth, wrap your mind around sth (AmE)

I couldn't get my mind around the concept.

have sth in mind

What kind of party do you have in mind?

in the recesses of your mind

It was something she had never imagined, not even in the deepest recesses of her mind.

in your right mind

Who in their right mind would want to marry a murderer?

mind and body

refreshed in mind and body

no doubt in your mind

There was absolutely no doubt in my mind that he was guilty.

set your mind to sth

You can do whatever you set your mind to.

uppermost in your mind

Their own problems of course remained uppermost in their minds.

terribly, very much

They had thought the boys wouldn't mind sharing; as it turned out, they minded very much.

Would you mind terribly if I went on my own?

not a bit, not at all

I don't mind at all telling people my age.

not much, not really

Nobody really minded much about what happened to them.

not seem to

His parents didn't seem to mind that he dropped out of college.


I didn't mind about the money.

Mind is used with these nouns as the object: ↑language, ↑step

Collocations dictionary. 2013.

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