Middle English Dictionary Entry

mọ̄d n.
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(a) Mind as opposed to body; also, translating L animus, mens: mind as that constituent of the soul possessing the faculties of knowing, understanding, etc.; mid ~, in the mind or heart, intellectually; (b) the mind as governing instincts, thoughts, etc.; ben of on ~, to be of one mind, be loyal or supportive; ben of other ~, think otherwise; man of o ~, one who is congenial or of kindred spirit; (c) the seat of man's spiritual life, religious beliefs, moral consciousness, etc.; bothe in herte and ek in ~, in heart and mind, deeply; mid alle ~, with herte and ~, whole-heartedly; (d) haven in ~, to keep (sth.) in mind, remember; hit com him on ~, it came to his mind (that sth. is so); hit ranne in ~, it occurred to (somebody's) mind (how sb. did sth.); hit was on his ~, he wished (to do sth.); thinken in ~, intend (to do sth.); (e) bithinken in ~, to consider in (one's) mind; monen in ~, think about (sth.); thinken on (upon) ~, think (sth.), think about (sth.); -- often with clause; refl. umthinken in ~, reflect in (one's) mind; wenen on ~, think of (sth.) in (one's) mind; (f) chaungen (turnen, wenden) ~, to change (one's) mind; turnen his (hire) ~, convert him (her); turnen (wenden) ~, turn (one's) mind (to God, etc.); (g) mengen ~ [see mengen 6. (c)]; menged is mi ~, I am confused; merren (merveillen) ~, to trouble or upset (somebody's) mind [see also merren 4. (a), merveillen 2. (a)]; meven ~ [see meven 4. (d)]; (h) a thought, thoughts; a way of thinking, frame of mind.
(a) The seat of emotions, feelings, etc.; heart; in ~, in heart; also, truly, sincerely, genuinely; with ~, passionately, intensely; modes wille, heart's desire, will of the heart; ~ and main, heart and strength, heart and mind; (b) amenden (menden, turnen, wenden) ~, to have a change of heart; mengen ~, stir up (somebody's) heart.
(a) Character, personality, disposition, temperament; heigh (mek, milde, povre, stille) of ~, arrogant (humble, kind, pleasing, merciful, peaceful, etc.) in disposition; (b) an individual of a certain character; (c) the state of a person's feelings or spirits at a given time, frame of mind, temper, mood; blithe (egre, loue, mad, mighti, milde) of ~, happy (grim, confounded, etc.) in spirits; (d) amenden ~, to improve (one's) spirits, cheer up; chaungen ~, change in mood; change (one's) spirits; also, change (somebody's) attitude; menden ~, raise (somebody's, one's own) spirits; mengen ~, upset (somebody's) feelings [see also mengen 6. (c)]; mesen ~, ease (somebody's) mind; remuen ~, change (somebody's) mood or attitude. [It is sometimes difficult to distinguish 3. (a) and (b) from 2. (a), to which some quotes here may belong.]
(a) Manners, mien; appearance; ?also, a feature; (b) ?conduct, behavior; (c) speech, words; also, that which is written.
(a) Wish, desire; will; a purpose or intention; also, strength of will; ayen (his) ~, against his will; god modes, good will; ~ and main; (b) in adv. phrases: with (main) ~, in earnest, with determination; in (with) ~ and main, in ~ and might, with main (might) and ~, fervently, earnestly; faithfully, zealously; with determination; -- ?sometimes used as a verse tag [quot.: ?c1375].
(a) Courage, vigor, high spirit; with main and ~, in a spirited manner, vigorously; (b) pride, arrogance; audacity, presumption; (c) grief, sorrow; distress.
(a) Anger, wrath; (b) battle fury; a fit of rage in battle or fighting; (c) fecchen (pekken) ~, to be incensed, become angry.
An undertaking, a venture.
In cpds. & combs.: ~ care (sorwe), sorrow, grief; ~ leste, pusillanimity, timidity; aðel ~, blithe ~, dreri ~, ed ~, ethe ~, lang-mode, orgel ~, over ~, sori ~, tholemode, q.v.