1 adj Mental means relating to the process of thinking.
...the mental development of children., ...intensive mental effort.
mentally adv ADV adj/adv, ADV with v, ADV with cl
I think you are mentally tired..., Physically I might not have been overseas but mentally and spiritually I was with them.
2 adj Mental means relating to the state or the health of a person's mind.
The mental state that had created her psychosis was no longer present., ...mental health problems.
mentally adv usu ADV with cl/group, also ADV after v
...an inmate who is mentally disturbed., ...the needs of the mentally ill and the mentally handicapped.
3 adj A mental act is one that involves only thinking and not physical action.
Practise mental arithmetic when you go out shopping...
mentally adv ADV with v
This technique will help people mentally organize information.
4 adj If you say that someone is mental, you mean that you think they are mad.
I just said to him `you must be mental'.
5 If you make a mental noteof something, you make an effort to store it in your memory so that you will not forget it.
make a mental note of something phrase V inflects, PHR of n, PHR to-inf She made a mental note to have his prescription refilled.
mental age ( mental ages plural ) A person's mental age is the age which they are considered to have reached in their ability to think or reason. n-count usu sing
mental hospital ( mental hospitals plural ) A mental hospital is a hospital for people who are suffering from mental illness. n-count
Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary
mental deficiency, mental handicap
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