US: /ˈbɹeɪn/
UK: /bɹˈe‍ɪn/

English Vietnamese dictionary

brain /brein/
  • danh từ
    • óc, não
    • đầu óc, trí óc
    • (số nhiều) trí tuệ; trí lực; sự thông minh
    • (từ lóng) máy tính điện tử
    • to crack one's brains
      • dở điên, dở gàn
    • too have something on the brain
      • luôn luôn nghĩ ngợi về một điều gì; bị một điều gì ám ảnh
    • an idle brain is the devil's workshop
      • (tục ngữ) nhàn cư vi bất thiện
    • to make somebody's brain reel
      • làm cho ai choáng váng đầu óc
    • to pick (suck) somebody's brain
      • moi và dùng những ý kiến của ai
    • to rack cudgel, puzzle, beat, ransack) one's brains
      • nặn óc, vắt óc suy nghĩ
    • to turn somebody's brain
      • làm cho đầu óc ai hoa lên
    • làm cho ai đâm ra tự đắc lố bịch
    • ngoại động từ
      • đánh vỡ óc, đánh vỡ đầu (ai)

    Advanced English dictionary

    noun, verb
    + noun
    in head
    1 [C] the organ inside the head that controls movement, thought, memory and feeling: damage to the brain + brain cells + She died of a brain tumour. + a device to measure brain activity during sleep
    2 (brains) [pl.] the brain of an animal, eaten as food: sheep's brains
    3 [U, C, usually pl.] the ability to learn quickly and think about things in a logical and intelligent way: It doesn't take much brain to work out that both stories can't be true. + Teachers spotted that he had a good brain at an early age. + You need brains as well as brawn (= intelligence as well as strength) to do this job.
    intelligent person
    4 [C, usually pl.] (informal) an intelligent person: We have the best scientific brains in the country working on this.
    5 (the brains) [sing.] the most intelligent person in a particular group; the person who is responsible for thinking of and organizing sth: He's always been the brains of the family. + The band's drummer is the brains behind their latest venture.
    Idioms: have sth on the brain (informal) to think about sth all the time, especially in a way that is annoying: He has sex on the brain.
    more at BEAT v., BLOW v., CUDGEL v., PICK v., RACK v.
    + verb [VN] (informal) to kill a person or an animal by hitting them very hard on the head: I nearly brained myself on that low beam.

    Thesaurus dictionary

    1 brains, intelligence, intellect, understanding, sense, thought, imagination, capacity, perspicacity, perceptiveness, perception, percipience; wisdom, sagacity, wit, discernment, acumen; knowledge, cognition:
    Although she's not yet ten, she has the brain to become a great mathematician.
    2 genius, mastermind, intellectual; leader, planner:
    Many people regard Einstein as the greatest brain of the 20th century. Ivor was clearly the brains of the operation.

    Collocation dictionary

    1 part of the body


    human | left, right
    The left brain controls the right-hand side of the body.


    cell, tissue | region | function, process | activity | damage, disease, disorder, failure, haemorrhage, illness, injury, tumour | scan | surgeon, surgery


    in the/your ~
    Doctors tried to reduce the swelling in his brain.
    | on the/your ~
    He was found to have a blood clot on his brain. (figurative) He's got football on the brain (= thinks about nothing but football).


    blow your brains out
    While cleaning his shotgun he had accidentally blown his own brains out.

    2 ability to think/intelligence


    fertile, fine, good, great, quick | muddled, tired
    My tired brain couldn't cope with such a complex problem.
    | analytical


    We racked our brains but we couldn't come up with a solution.
    | pick sb's
    (= ask sb for information because they know more about a subject than you)I need to pick your brains: what can you tell me about credit unions?
    | take
    It doesn't take much brain to work out that both stories can't be true.


    function, tick over, work
    It's important to keep your brain ticking over.
    | reel
    His brain reeled as he realized the implication of his dismissal.
    | register sth
    The stopping distance includes the time taken for the brain to register the need to stop.




    ~ behind
    the brains behind the robberies


    brains and brawn/brains and not brawn, etc.
    They relied on brains rather than brawn (= intelligence, not strength).
    | have a brain for sth
    She has a good brain for mathematics.

    Concise English dictionary

    +that part of the central nervous system that includes all the higher nervous centers; enclosed within the skull; continuous with the spinal cord
    +mental ability
    +that which is responsible for one's thoughts and feelings; the seat of the faculty of reason
    +someone who has exceptional intellectual ability and originality
    +the brain of certain animals used as meat
    +hit on the head
    +kill by smashing someone's skull