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feel for

A better sense of (a situation or how to do something); a greater knowledge or experience in (something). Once I got a feel for the company's daily operations, I felt more comfortable taking on the management role.
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*feel for something

a natural or learned ability to do something. (*Typically: get ~; have ~.) I will do better with this work as soon as I get a feel for it. He doesn't have a feel for this kind of careful work.
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feel for someone

to feel the emotional pain that someone else is feeling; to empathize or sympathize with someone. I really feel for you. I'm so sorry it turned out this way. Fred felt for Dave, but there was nothing he could do for him.
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feel for

1. Grope, reach for with one's hands, as in It was pitch dark, and I felt for the doorknob. [Early 1700s]
2. feel for someone. Sympathize with or feel sorry for someone, as in Tom was so upset that I felt for him. This usage was put as feel with by Shakespeare: "It resounds as if it felt with Scotland" ( Macbeth, 4:3). Both senses of feel for are present in the somewhat sarcastic I feel for you but I can't quite reach you, meaning "Too bad, but I don't really feel sorry for you."
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feel for

v.
To sympathize or empathize with someone: I feel for the employees that were laid off.
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The overpowering sense of responsibility I feel for Jacob is exactly what a Darwinian explanation for human behavior would predict.
And by making the system responsive to sideways (as opposed to vertical) forces on the tip, researchers might get a feel for the tip as it automatically "slides off" a hillside, Hollis suggests.
The direct experience of touch, Hollis adds, could give scientists a kinesthetic sense of atomic surfaces -- and an exhilarating new realm of control -- the way children get a whole-body feel for riding a bike.
Just as the Titleist Pro V1 golf ball changed the nature of the game and set a new standard for high performance on worldwide professional tours, as well as with club professionals and competitive amateurs, the dual-model NXT family redefines long distance and soft feel for aspirational and recreational players.
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