Gist meaning

jĭst
The definition of gist is the main point.

An example of gist is when you sum up in one sentence what someone has just said to you.

An example of gist is the legal grounds for a lawsuit.

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The grounds for action in a lawsuit.
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The essence or main point, as of an article or argument.
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The grounds for action in a suit.
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The central idea; the essence.
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The most essential part; the main idea or substance (of a longer or more complicated matter); the crux of a matter.
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(law, dated) The essential ground for action in a suit, without which there is no cause of action.
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To summarize, to extract and present the most important parts of.
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Origin of gist

  • From Anglo-Norman (cest action) gist (this action) lies third person sing. of gesir to lie from Latin iacēre yē- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Old French gist, from the verb gesir (“to lie down”), from Latin iaceō. Compare Modern French gésir or gîte (“lodging”).
    From Wiktionary