Sense definition

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To grasp; understand.

Sensed that the financial situation would improve.

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An ability to feel, appreciate, or understand some quality.

A sense of humor, honor, etc.

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An ability to judge, discriminate, or estimate external conditions, sounds, etc.

A sense of direction, pitch, etc.

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The normal ability to think or reason soundly.

Have you taken leave of your senses?

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The faculties of sensation as means of providing physical gratification and pleasure.
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To become aware of; perceive.

Organisms able to sense their surroundings.

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(semantics) A single conventional use of a word; one of the entries for a word in a dictionary.
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A sense is defined as a way that the body perceives external stimuli, or is an awareness or feeling about something.

Tasting, touching, seeing and hearing are all examples of a sense.

If you have a feeling that danger is lurking, this is an example of a sense of danger.

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To become aware of; perceive.

Organisms able to sense their surroundings.

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The definition of sense is to perceive, or be aware of something.

If you believe that someone is angry even if they haven't said so, this is an example of when you can sense their anger.

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Any of the faculties by which stimuli from outside or inside the body are received and felt, as the faculties of hearing, sight, smell, touch, taste, and equilibrium.
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A perception or feeling produced by a stimulus; sensation.

A sense of fatigue and hunger.

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An intuitive or acquired perception or ability to estimate.

A sense of diplomatic timing.

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A capacity to appreciate or understand.

A keen sense of humor.

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A vague feeling or presentiment.

A sense of impending doom.

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Recognition or perception either through the senses or through the intellect; consciousness.

Has no sense of shame.

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Natural understanding or intelligence, especially in practical matters.

The boy had sense and knew just what to do when he got lost.

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Something sound or reasonable.

There's no sense in waiting three hours.

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A meaning that is conveyed, as in speech or writing; signification.

The sense of the criticism is that the proposal has certain risks.

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One of the meanings of a word or phrase.

The word set has many senses.

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Judgment; consensus.

Sounding out the sense of the electorate on capital punishment.

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Intellectual interpretation, as of the significance of an event or the conclusions reached by a group.

I came away from the meeting with the sense that we had resolved all outstanding issues.

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(genetics) Of or relating to the portion of the strand of double-stranded DNA that serves as a template for and is transcribed into RNA.
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The senses considered as a total function of the bodily organism, as distinguished from intellect, movement, etc.
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The general opinion, sentiment, or attitude of a group.
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(math.) Either of two contrary directions that may be specified, as clockwise or counterclockwise for the circumference of a circle, positive or negative for a line segment, etc.
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Feeling, impression, or perception through the senses.

A sense of warmth, pain, etc.

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A generalized feeling, awareness, or realization.

A sense of longing.

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Ability to think or reason soundly; normal intelligence and judgment, often as reflected in behavior.
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Soundness of judgment or reasoning.

Some sense in what he says.

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Something wise, sound, or reasonable.

To talk sense.

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Normal ability to reason soundly.

To come to one's senses.

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Meaning; esp., any of several meanings conveyed by or attributed to the same word or phrase.
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Essential signification; gist.

To grasp the sense of a remark.

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To be or become aware of.

To sense another's hostility.

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To comprehend; understand.
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To detect automatically, as by sensors.
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Any of the faculties by which stimuli from outside or inside the body are received and felt, as the faculties of hearing, sight, smell, touch, taste, and equilibrium.
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A perception or feeling produced by a stimulus; sensation.

A sense of fatigue and hunger.

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To detect automatically.

Sense radioactivity.

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(genetics) Of or relating to the portion of the strand of double-stranded DNA that serves as a template for and is transcribed into RNA.
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Any of the methods for a living being to gather data about the world; sight, smell, hearing, touch, taste.
  • Shakespeare.
    Let fancy still my sense in Lethe steep.
  • Milton.
    What surmounts the reach / Of human sense I shall delineate.
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Perception through the intellect; apprehension; awareness.

A sense of security.

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Sound practical or moral judgment.
  • L'Estrange.
    Some are so hardened in wickedness as to have no sense of the most friendly offices.

It's common sense not to put metal objects in a microwave oven.

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The meaning, reason, or value of something.

You don't make any sense.

The true sense of words or phrases.

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A natural appreciation or ability.

A keen musical sense.

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(pragmatics) The way that a referent is presented.
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(mathematics) One of two opposite directions in which a vector (especially of motion) may point. See also polarity.
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(mathematics) One of two opposite directions of rotation, clockwise versus anti-clockwise.
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See also sense.
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To use biological senses: to either smell, watch, taste, hear or feel.
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She immediately sensed her disdain.

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To detect automatically.

Sense radioactivity.

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The ability of the nerves and the brain to receive and react to stimuli, as light, sound, impact, constriction, etc.; specif., any of five faculties of receiving impressions through specific bodily organs and the nerves associated with them (sight, touch, taste, smell, and hearing)
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in a sense
  • to a limited extent or degree
  • in one aspect
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make sense
  • to be intelligible or logical
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make sense of
  • to find meaning in; understand
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
sense
Plural:
senses

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of sense

  • Middle English meaning from Old French sens from Latin sēnsus the faculty of perceiving from past participle of sentīre to feel sent- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English sense, from Old French sens, sen, san (“sense, reason, direction"); partly from Latin sensus (“sensation, feeling, meaning"), from sentiō (“feel, perceive"); partly of Germanic origin (whence also Occitan sen, Italian senno), from Old Frankish *sinn (“reason, judgement, mental faculty, way, direction"), from Proto-Germanic *sinnaz (“mind, meaning"). Both Latin and Germanic from Proto-Indo-European *sent- (“to feel"). Compare French assener (“to thrust out"), forcené (“maniac"). More at send.

    From Wiktionary