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Mind, n. Also: minde, mynd(e, myend, meinde, maynde, meand, mend, myn(e. [ME. mynde, minde, also (midl. and south.) y-), i-)munde, OE. ᵹemynd fem. (also neut.).]

1. Memory.a. (A person's) memory, remembrance, recollection.In numerous phrases with verbs, constituting the equivalents of verbs of remembering, recalling or reminding, as to cum, rin etc. to (one's) mind, to have in mind, call to mind, bring to mind, have mind on or of something, that something is so, or absol., put (another) in mind of (= remind him of), etc. Out of (one's) mind, forgotten.(1) c1460 Wisd. Sol. (S.T.S.) 32, 34.
Thar is lytill in mind of men, that now ar, as of thingis that was befor our days … , na sall nocht be in the myndis of thai that is to cwm eftir ws
a1500 Colk. Sow ii. 136.
Fresch in hir mynd & recent of memorye
a1500 Henr. Test. Cress. 614.
Beir in ȝour mynd this schort conclusioun
c1500-c1512 Dunb. Tua Mar. W. 318. Id. xc. 40.
That thow … rype thi mynde how every thing befell
1567 Sat. P. iv. 122.(2) 1460–88 Facs. Nat. MSS. II. lxxvi.
The King traistis it is nocht owt of his mynde how that [etc.]
a1500 Prestis of Peblis 735.
Gat he my pitie than God put me out of mynde
1513 Doug. ix. v. 4.
All irksum laubour forȝet owt of mynd
Ib. x. x. 129.
Syk sawys war langer furth of thy mynd
a1578 Pitsc. I. 4/16.(3) a1400 Leg. S. xii. 219.
& alsa rane hyme thane to mynd That he … Had slane hyr sone
a1585 Maitl. Q. xix. 9.
Into my mynd thair come … ane thing … that lestit hes our lang
(4) c 1423 (1431) Reg. Great S. 45/1.
At thai [the children] will haf in mynde how we made our lyffing les in our tyme for lestand profyt to thaim
c1420 Wynt. vii. 1795. Ib. 1805. c1460 Wisd. Sol. (S.T.S.) 67.
That euery man haf in mynd … the schort tyme that he has here to byd
c1475 Wall. i. 2.
We suld … Hald in mynde thar nobille worthi deid
a1500 Gol. & Gaw. 649.
Yit has men thayme in mynd for thair manhede
a1500 Bk. Chess 83.
He couth nocht kepe Intill his mynd the dremes of his sleipe
a1500 Seven S. 296.
Bot thair was ane [tree] he had in mynd
Ib. 2364.
To gar him oft in mynd hir haf
15.. Dunb. App. v. 2.
In mynd keip weill thir thingis thre
15.. Lichtoun Dreme 27.
Money dyuers place Quhilk wer to lang to haue in parfyte mynd
1567 G. Ball. 140. 1572 Sat. P. xxxiv. 68.
And gif that you had bene in mynd The auncient leig
(5) a1500 Henr. Fab. 177 (Asl.).
Scho tuke in mynd hir sister wponland
c1500-c1512 Dunb. xxiii. 1.
Be mirry, man! and tak nocht far in mynd The wawering of this wrechit warld
(6) c1450 Cr. Deyng (S.T.S.) 157.
He suld brynge to his mynd his ill dedis
1569-73 Bann. Memor. 275.
Calling to mynd our former defectione
c1650 Spalding I. 3.(7) a1450 Fifteen Ois 16.
Haue mynd of all Thi bitternes … That Thou had
c1460 Wisd. Sol. (S.T.S.) 484.
Thane suld a man have mynde … one the mirknes that is in the law parte
a1500 Seven S. 2291.
The knycht of na thing than had mynd Bot for to study [etc.]
c1500-c1512 Dunb. xii. 5. Ib. 9.
O man! haif mynd that thow mon pas
1560 Rolland Seven S. 1600.
Now in my neid, I pray haue of me minde
a1570-86 Maitland Maitl. F. clxxv. 21. 1567 G. Ball. 145. 1605-6 Welsh Forty-eight Serm. 127.
When thou hast mind of that eternity
absol. c1500 Fyve Bestes 220.
This cok had mynd, Gundulfus he had none
(8) 1631 Justiciary Cases I. 178.
Putting this examinat in mynd of the former speache betweene thame
1658 R. Moray Lett. 12/21 Jan.
As to your menagery you put me in mind of one that you litle think of
1660 Aberd. Council Lett. IV. 13.
Wee wold put your lordship in myn of these favorable expressions

b. The state of being remembered or commemorated; remembrance, memorial.Freq. of a deceased person, of gude or nobill mind, = of ‘happy’, good or gracious memory.Past mind of man, = from time immemorial.(1) a1400 Leg. S. v. 588.
Manna … That spryngis ȝet … In mynd of hym to the last day
Ib. vii. 839. Ib. xxiii. 476. Ib. xl. 931. Ib. xiii. 14.
That he … Vald … put in-to wryte & thare in lestand mynd lef it
c1500 Crying of Play 89.
Ane thousand ȝere is past fra mynd Sen I was generit
c1500-c1512 Dunb. lxiii. 28.
Als lang in mynd my wark sall hald!
1513 Doug. ii. x. 66.
Quhidder is went thus onkynd Our ramembrance or we forȝet of mynd?
(2) 1445 Acts II. 33/2.
Of gude mynde King James … fadir til our souerane lorde
1447 Edinb. Chart. 68.
Oure progenitouris of noble mynde quham God assoille
1466 (1471) Reg. Great S. 214/1.
Our grantschir of gude mynde David Erle of Crawfurde
1490 Irland Mir. I. 15/36.
Thi fader of gud mynde
1497 Acta Conc. II. 71.
Be umquhile King Robert the Bruyse of gude mynde
Ib. 358. 1500 Edinb. B. Rec. I. 86. Ib. 210.
King James the ferd of nobill mynd
1529 Reg. Episc. Aberd. I. 395. 1547 Misc. Spald. C. II. 204.(3) 1584 St. A. Baxter Bks. 36.
As vse & voint hes bene past meand of man

2. The mental, intellectual or cognitive faculty as the seat of consciousness, thought, intention, feelings etc.Also standing for the person.In (one's) mind, mentally, in thought or imagination.(1) 1456 Hay I. 285/21. Ib. II. 127/17.
For ire lettis the mannis mynde to juge and determe veritee
1490 Irland Mir. I. 16/23.
Folȝeand mony argumentis at the innemy inducis in mennis mynd
Ib. 54/12. Ib. 61/13. a1508 Kennedy Pass. Christ 1660. c1500-c1512 Dunb. Tua Mar. W. 417.
My mouth it makis murnyng & my mynd lauchis
Id. xxiv. 4. Id. xc. 66.
Quhill thow art abill baith in mynde and toung
1513 Doug. i. i. 18.
Is thare sik greif in hevynly myndis on hie?
Ib. vii. 79. Ib. 82. Ib. vi. ii. 11.
Out of thi mynde sik dowtis do away
Ib. ix. xiii. 46. Ib. xiii. iii. 98. Ib. x. 39. 1533 Boece vi. i. 185.
Abstracting his mynde fra all gude and honeste
Arundel MS. 282/118.
Hele and chaistite of mynde and body
15.. Clar. iv. 106. a1586 Maitland Ho. Seytoun Pref. xi. c1568 Lauder Minor P. i. 15. 1560 Rolland Seven S. 7647.
Thairfoir, gude freinds, let put ȝour minde to rest
1562 Aberd. Eccl. Rec. 5.
With the haill man, saull, hart, mynd, mycht and stryncht
1562-3 Winȝet I. 11/33. 1558-66 Knox II. 16.
Rycht honorable, quhois mynd I knaw to be occupyed with most grave maters
1567 G. Ball. 32.
Quhair na myndis memoriall Can think
1567 Sat. P. iii. 14. 1563-1570 Buch. Wr. 43. 1580 Facs. Nat. MSS. III. lxx. 1568 Lyndesay Pref. (S.T.S.) 397. 1587 Carmichael Etym. 10.
Mens, the minde, thocht or understanding
1590-1 R. Bruce Serm. 124.
Gif faith ga na farder nor the mind, it is not the faith we are seekand
1596 Dalr. I. 179/15. 1622 Aberd. Council Lett. I. 196.
Thir is ane soir mynd to all our hartis
(b) 1617 Mar & Kellie MSS. Suppl. 77.
For satisfaction of ther meindes
(2) c1500-c1512 Dunb. vii. 35.
Is none of Scotland borne … Bot he … Dois favour thé withe all his hert and mynde
1560 Rolland Seven S. 991.
Ȝe ar welcome to me with hart and minde
Ib. 1118. 1567 G. Ball. i. Ib. 148. 1638 Nat. Covenant in Facs. Nat. MSS. III. xcvii.(3) a1500 Henr. Orph. 453 (Asl.).
Downwart we cast our myndis E
Ib. 566.(4) c1550 Rolland Ct. Venus Prol. 5.
Ane ressoun dois not gyde euerie mynd
1569-73 Bann. Memor. 20.
The Queines commissione, which, in all godly myndis, was invaled from the beginning
1571 Sat. P. xxix. 21.
Ȝitt I beleiff ols mony myndis thochte, Ha, Loury, ha, ha!
(5) c1450-2 Howlat 44.
With mair murnyng in mynd than I meyne may
1456 Hay I. 118/8. Ib. II. 146/9.
Pray I ȝow to behald in ȝour mynde, with ȝour hertis eyne, [etc.]
Ib. 147/32. c1460 Wisd. Sol. (S.T.S.) 57.
Than said I to my self in my mynd [etc.]
c1475 Wall. xi. 265.
The king … Rewid in his mynd at it was hapnyt sa
a1500 Henr. Fab. 429 (Bann.). Ib. 1720. 1490 Irland Mir. I. 8/4.
That in thi mynd thou honour … Him
1496–7 Acta Conc. II. 49.
The sade letter of tak being in thare myndis, the lordis of consale … declaris [etc.]
a1500 Lanc. 1228. c1500-c1512 Dunb. Tua Mar. W. 122.
Euer ymagynyng in mynd materis of evill
Id. lxvii. 7.
Quho had all riches vnto Ynd And wer not satisfiet in mynd
Id. xc. 34. 1513 Doug. iii. i. 63.
Than in my mynd of mony thingis I musyt
Ib. ii. 67. Ib. xii. ix. 64.
The brethfull ire … Within thar myndis boldynnis all on flocht
1549 Compl. 9/26. 1562-3 Winȝet I. 77/9.
Quhilk neuir ane of thame … thocht anis in mynd
1567 G. Ball. 14. 1567 Sat. P. iv. 52. Ib. x. 146. 1627 Justiciary Cases I. 75.
Freitting in his awin mynd at the said ordinance

b. To run, come, enter in (the, one's) mind, to occur to one. a1400 Leg. S. vi. 248.
Thane rane hym in mynde in hy That he vald firste quyke tham fla
Ib. xvi. 375.
Thane to the prince come in the mynd That he wold to Sancte Petyr wend
1568 Anderson Collect. Mary IV. i. 117.
For any thocht that ever enterit in my mynd towards the liffe of ony mortall man

c. To have or be in mind (to do something), to intend. 1533 Boece xiii. ii. 496 b.
I understude … thow had in mynde to lif all thi dayis in chaistite
1585 in Calderwood IV. 292.
Being in minde to reforme a bordell

d. One's mental faculty as concentrated on or absorbed or obsessed by some concern or interest.Const. on (also in) the subject of attention.Grete mind, = concentrated attention. 1456 Hay II. 26/39.
Than suld all gude knychtis pres theme to be wys and sett tharon all thair hert and mynde
Ib. 84/31.
And the grete mynde that thai have tharon gerris thame lett to seke the secretis of God
a1500 Henr. Test. Cress. 558.
My mynd in fleschelie foull affectioun Was inclynit to lustis lecherous
c1475 Wall. ix. 1946.
His lauborous mynd was all on othir deid
c1500-c1512 Dunb. xiii. 19.
That hes his mynd all on oppressioun
a1628 Carmichael Prov. No. 793.
His mynd is on his meate
1621-40 Melville Commonpl. Bk. 41.
Give riches grow fix not thy mynd thairin

3. a. Reason, sanity.By, out of, one's (richt) mind, out of one's senses, insane, mad. Out of mind, id.; also quasi-adv., = to an insanely excessive degree, beyond all reason or moderation.(1) 1497 Acta Conc. II. 74.
Alexander Setoun, elder, was nocht of componit mynd, a fule and a naturale ydeot
1513 Doug. ii. xi. 92.
Thair knaw I nocht quhat fremmit god wnkynd … reft fra me myne mynd
Ib. v. viii. 86.
Onsylle wight, quhou dyd thi mynd invaid Sa gret wodnes?
1530 Lennox Mun. 235.
Gilbert Legȝeit, … haill into mynd … examit … befoir the forsaid noter
c1550 Rolland Ct. Venus iii. 259.
Than said Venus, with mind almaist insane
a1568 Scott xxxiv. 23.
That ressoun, wit and mynd Ar all ago togiddir
1562 Carte Northberwic 86.
The said Jhone being seik in bodye and haill in mynd
1562-3 Winȝet II. 37/12.
A saul quhilk wantit mynd and ressoun
a1599 Rollock Wks. II. 458.
Madmen, without any mind
(2) 1474 Treas. Acc. I. 324.
To a woman by hir mynd, at the Kingis command, iij s.
1535 Stewart 39518. c1552 Lynd. Mon. 1788.
Thay thocht hym by his mynde Quhen he so furiouslie did flyte
Ib. 3398. 1585 Cal. Sc. P. VIII. 37.
The Beshope of Glesko is lyke to go by his mynd that your lordshipe shwild have gone [etc.]
1596 Dalr. II. 353/11. Ib. I. 237/16.
Normond with this ansuer was halfe by his mynd
1596–7 Misc. Spald. C. I. 87.(3) c1515 Asl. MS. I. 212/21.
Quhilk deit a beggare and out of his mynd
c1500-c1512 Dunb. Flyt. 53.
Mismaid monstour, ilk mone owt of thy mynd
Id. xix. 19. 1535 Stewart 35170. Ib. 39588.
Out of his mynd almaist that he had bene
1617 Reg. Privy C. 2 Ser. VIII. 346.
Quha sen hir mariage hes bein lang out of hir rycht mynd
(4) 1513 Doug. ii. vi. 32.
As out of mynd myne armour on I thryst
1560 Rolland Seven S. 5762.
That scho had went Quyte out of minde and as ane bodie mad
adv. c1500-c1512 Dunb. xix. 8.
Owt of mynd ȝone man is hie

b. Temperament, disposition, ‘cast of mind’. 1456 Hay I. 84/16.
A calde sett mynde confermyt in hardyness
1490 Irland Mir. I. 15/16.
Sum that happin has mynd of pryd
c1500-c1512 Dunb. Tua Mar. W. 260.
Thought ȝe be … cruell of mynd
Ib. 267.
Be of ȝour luke like innocentis thoght ȝe haif euill myndis
Id. ix. 129. Id. xiii. 51. Id. lx. 59. 1513 Doug. i. Prol. 96. 1533 Bell. Livy I. 216/31.
Be natural inconstance and lichtnes of thare myndis
1535 Stewart 59804.
Into his mynd so haltane wes and hie
1531 Bell. Boece Excus. Prentar (p. ii).
Thir sindry myndis of men in thair leving [Pitsc. leiving]
c 1540 Glencairn in Knox I. 73.
Wyth Judas mynd to jouck and beck
1551 Hamilton Cat. 110. c1550 Rolland Ct. Venus i. 419. a1585 Maitl. Q. lxxxiii. 23. 1567 Sat. P. iii. 101.
Now euerie Dowglas of ane hartsum mynde Think on Dame Margaret
1588 King Cat. 182.
Ane certane stoutnes of mynd in luuking for guid things to cumme
1596 Dalr. I. 8/18. Ib. 131/10. Ib. 202/23.
King Fergus … sent … vnto Irland to explore the myndes, state and conditione of the Scottis lyueng in thae partes
15.. 2nd Rep. Hist. MSS. App. 180/1.
Quhill God pat ane better mynd into thame
a1597-1617 Hist. Jas. VI 52.
The people … war becum of sik dissolute myndis and actions that [etc.]
a1605 Montg. Misc. P. xxxii. 83. 1631 Justiciary Cases I. 156.

4. One's thoughts or opinion, judgement or decision, on some subject or question. Passing into sense 5.Also spec., one's opinion or decision set down in writing.(1) 1420 (1430) Reg. Great S. 30/1.
This indentur … beris wytnes that thai ar acordyt in this mynd eftir foluand
1497 Acta Conc. II. 88.
Quhil he haf the Kingis mynd and avise quhat punycione salbe done to him
1508 Reg. Privy S. I. 252/1. 1513 Doug. ix. iv. 66. Ib. xiii. iii. 36. 1531 Bell. Boece I. 31.
I think Sembathis mind suld be lovit gif [etc.]
1528 Lynd. Dreme 638.
Efter the myndis of the austronimouris The quantytie of the erth [etc.]
1539 Chart. Coupar A. II. 165.
Schaw now ȝour myndis and murmur nocht efterwart that this is done be ony senister way
1545 Douglas Corr. 160.
Qwhat he belewit my lord of Argyllis mynd wase
c1552 Lynd. Mon. 25. 1560 Rolland Seven S. 7112.
God ȝow forgiue ȝour ill suspitious minde
1562-3 Winȝet I. 138/10. Ib. II. 7/17.
That ony sentence in the haly wreit is the voce and mynd of Christe
1561 Q. Kennedy Compend. Ressonyng (ed.) 165/15.
That the auld wrytaris … had the trew mynd and vnderstanding of the misteriis of the scripture
a1568 Bann. MS. 264 a/13.
Tell me ȝour mind
1567 G. Ball. 61. 1569 Cal. Sc. P. III. 33. 1570 Sat. P. x. 148. c 1570 Breadalbane Lett.
I pray ȝoue send me ȝour gud cunsall and mynd
a1578 Pitsc. I. 327/25. Ib. 390/8. Ib. /20. 1596 Dalr. II. 247/4, 189/24. 1648 Strathbogie Presb. 91.
The bretheren … resolued … to acquant the said Mr Johne vith ther mynd and requyr him … to send his mynd heiranent by vreat
1664 Dunlop P. III. 4. 1666 Sel. Biog. I. 161.
My own mind inclined most to Straiton because … the people, being landwart simple people, were more likely to be wrought upon
1674 Edinb. B. Rec. X. 175.
Wherby we might understand the mynds of the nighbours in that affaire
1698 Kingarth Par. Rec. 197.(b) 1543 Corr. M. Lorraine 49.
I hef me lord of Glencarnes maynd to schaw yowr grays
1545 Douglas Corr. 158.
Bot now according to ȝour maynde I sal move thir maters as it comme off my selfe one to the Queyne [etc.]
(2) 1487 Aberd. B. Rec. I. 43.
That ye send your mynde til ws close under your selis
1503 Treas. Acc. II. 404.
To ane man to pas to Linlithqw to the King with the lordis myndis anent the Lord Lindesay

b. With, in or of ane mind, unanimous, unanimously. 1535 Stewart 38902.
All in ane mynd and will
1562-3 Winȝet I. 55/6.
Quha anssuerit in ane mynd thame all
1570 Sat. P. x. 178.
With ane mynde thay did consent togidder Dauid to slay
c1590 Fowler II. 103/24.
They ar ail vnited and off ane mynde
1677 Edinb. B. Rec. X. 304.
With on mynd and consent
1696 Rothesay B. Rec. 503.

c. To have mind (of), to give heed, thought (to). To take mind anent, to take thought, concern oneself, about.(1) ?1438 Alex. ii. 9529.
The hardyest … Had na mynd of menstrally Bot dred to de
a1500 Bk. Chess 217.
He had no mynd of erdly thing
1638 Henderson Serm. 506.
Our ill day may come upon us when we have but little mind of it
(2) 1560 Rolland Seven S. 180.
The greit cair, The thocht and mynde scho tuke … Anent hir sone

d. For my own mind, for my own part, as for me. 1687 Dunlop P. III. 39.
For my own mend I cannot onderstand yow

5. One's will or wish, purpose or intention, aim or design.(1) a1500 Bk. Chess 578.
To declair hir [Lucrecia's] mynd was innocent
Ib. 1539.
That word and mynd and deid accordand be
1497 Acta Conc. II. 70.
His mynd was never to gif na defesaunce nor discharge thairof
1499 Glasgow Dioc. Reg. II. 18.
Of his fre vill and mynd, and hiris
c1500-c1512 Dunb. xix. 48.
To do the best my mynd salbe
1519–20 Edinb. B. Rec. I. 194.
It was my lord gouernouris mynd that nane of the name of Dowglas nor Hammyltoun sould bruke the office of provestry
Ib. 195. 1524 St. P. Henry VIII IV. i. 158.
To have entier cordial lowingis, desyrous intentif and deliberat myndis to oblise … thair selfis
1529 Dunferm. B. Rec. 279. 1533 Bell. Livy I. 65/30.
Dissimiland his mynde
1533 Boece iv. x. 141 b. c1550 Lynd. Test. Meldrum 18.
To put my mind till executioun
c1552 Id. Mon. 1401. 1560 Rolland Seven S. 33. Ib. 1189. 1562-3 Winȝet I. 17/7.
Nocht sa sinceirly as we proponit thaim nor ȝit in that mynd
1565 St. A. Kirk S. 235. 1567 G. Ball. 218.
Thocht Amon did his mynde fuifill Vpon his sister Thamar deir
a1568 Scott i. 142. c1568 Lauder Minor P. i. 191.
The man that … hes ane feruent mynd to perseueir [etc.]
1563-1570 Buch. Wr. 35.
Thair mynd bent agains God and lauchfull magistrattis
Ib. 44.
Sa weill to his awin intention and sa far frome the Quenis mynd
1570 Canongate Ct. Bk. 187.
Perseverand in his wicked mynd be way of brigancie hamesuckin [etc.]
1570 Boyd Fam. P. No. 58. (22 Feb.).
In compleit paymant of all byrone maillis of the said soum since the said Adamis contraking and mynd
1586 Reg. Privy C. IV. 73.
The said Johne Dunlop causles devertit his mynd, lichtleit the complenaris dochtir [etc.]
1592 Douglas Chart. 307. 1596 Dalr. I. 306/10. 1597 Crim. Trials II. 7. a1605 Montg. Sonn. xxviii. 10.
Sho meinit weill, I grant, hir mynd wes guid
c1600 Montg. Suppl. xvii. 5.
Gif it war day, I culd my myne inclyne To wring hir handis [etc.]
1605-6 Welsh Forty-eight Serm. 384.
When ye are reproved … this is a common word in your mouths, our minds are good
c1650 Spalding I. 222.
Becaus we cannot judge the myndis, intentionis and dispositionis of hairtis bot by [etc.]
1656 Johnston Diary III. 52.
After praying … I asked by lott the Lords mynd
(2) 1527 Aberd. B. Rec. I. 117.
We desyir … to be maid souer, quhilk we vnderstand is your l. guid mynd
1531 Bell. Boece II. 298. 1562-3 Winȝet I. 97/25.
Thair is na dout of hir Grace's guid mynd thairto

b. To be of (gude) mind (to), c. to have a (no etc.) mind (to), to intend, purpose, be inclined or disposed, have a (no) wish, (to do something). d. To set one's mind, to apply oneself (to do something).b. (1) 1505 Edinb. B. Rec. I. 102.
We ar and ever was of gude mynde till do this gude tovne … plesour
1583 Conv. Burghs I. 168.
Quhither they war of mynd to employ him forther … or nocht, quhilk gif they war myndit to do [etc.]
1610 Ib. II. 305.(2) 1599 Reg. Privy C. VI. 40.
His Majestie being of gude mynd that the said Sir George be satisfeit [etc.]
(3) 1563 Edinb. B. Rec. III. 166.
The said abbot wes of mynde to dispone … the kirk place [etc.]
1565–6 Reg. Privy C. I. 428. 1570 Reg. Morton I. 53. 1592 Glasg. Chart. II. 6 n.
Being of mynde to mak the said ladill of greitare proffett
1595 Waus Corr. II. 520. 1613 Cramond Ch. Aberdour 11.
The presbyterie being of mind … to have him
(4) 1615 Edinb. Test. XLVIII. 222 b.
Being of deliberat mynd to mak thair legacis and lattre willis
c. 1572 Buch. Detect. (1727) 72.
Besyde that scho had a mynde to se the thing done hirself
c1650 Spalding I. 140.
His Majestie … had no mynd to alter … ony materiall poynts of religioun
1656 Dunferm. Kirk S. 48.
Those who have not a mynd to comunicat
1656 Aberd. Sheriff Ct. III. 65.
Wm. Strachane … hes ane mynd to be ane off yor officiares
1657 Misc. Hist. Soc. VII. 24.
He had no great mind to be owt with me
1687 Shields Hind Let Loose 39.
Fair promises which she had never mind to keep
d. 1531 Bell. Boece I. 212/30.
Anthonius sett his mynde to govern the Roman army
c1550 Rolland Ct. Venus iii. 242.
Thay all set ay thair mind … To pleis Venus
a1578 Pitsc. I. 129/22.
The kingis maiestie sett his haill care and mynd to invaide Ingland

e. The purport, intended meaning or ‘spirit’ as opposed to the ‘letter’, of a document. c1490 Irland Asl. MS. 4/11.
The writ declarit efter the mynd and spirituale significacoun of it with the mynd of the gast
1567 Antiq. Aberd. & B. III. 22.
And thairfor of the mynd of the said contract the said Patrik … as air to his said wmquhill guidsir is astrictit to serue the said maister

6. One's feelings as disposed temporarily in a certain way, one's ‘frame of mind’ on a particular occasion, one's attitude or disposition towards another.In gud mind, with favour, favourably. To one's own mind (= taste or liking).See also Mese v. 1 for further examples.(1) c1500-c1512 Dunb. x. 30.
And sing In haly kirk with mynd degest
1513 Doug. iv. ii. 4.
Hir doutsum mynd with gude hope so scho esys
Ib. vi. 75, xi. vii. 172, xiii. iv. 30. 1531 Bell. Boece I. 173.
With deliuerit mynde to fecht
Id. Livy I. 28/22.
Romulus … dissimulit the indignacioun of his mynde
c1550 Lynd. Meldrum 911.
Sen scho knew my mynd
c1552 Id. Mon. 5944. 1564 St. A. Kirk S. 219. 1568 Anderson Collect. Mary IV. ii. 116.
The Quenes Majestie of Englandis mynd was there alienated from us
a1578 Pitsc. I. 111/8. Ib. 85/35.
Be of guide comfort and … of ane better mynd
1581 Sat. P. xliv. 77. 1595 Misc. Bann. C. I. 354. 1596 Dalr. I. 190/8.
To mak sum significatione of his grate mynd
1609 Glasgow Chart. II. 573.
With maist submiss humill hartis and myndis
1617 Lett. & St. P. Jas. VI 306. 1622-6 Bisset I. 57/11. 1639 Pittenweem Ann. 35/36.
Maid a … guild brother for his valorous mind in going
(2) 1490 Irland Mir. I. 15/21.
Resaue this werk jn gud mynd
(3) 1526 Douglas Corr. 115.
The luving gude mynde … ȝe have to my soverane
1533 Boece ii. xii. 85. 1550 Reg. Privy C. I. 92.
Of na hartrent [sic in pr.] nor eviil mynd that he bure towart this realme
1563 Boyd Fam. P. No. 48 (15 Feb.).
The said lard his sonis [etc.] … continewand in thair evill mynd … agains the said Adame
1570 Leslie 54. 1597 Misc. Spald. C. I. 132.
Thow contractit ane haitrent, ewill will, and deuilische mynd, againes Alexander Maye
15.. Ib. II. 191.(4) 1531 Bell. Boece I. 31.
Lat Fergus goist knaw us … with the same mind, as he left us, to his posterite
1693 Lett. (Annandale Papers, R. C. Reid transcript) 31 Aug.
I desire yow to wryt with the bearer how ye are and your mind to me
(5) 1685 Dunlop P. III. 18.
Agnes Fergison … heath goten a master to her own myend

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