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sense

[ sens ]
/ sɛns /
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noun

verb (used with object), sensed, sens·ing.

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Nearby words

sensational, sensationalism, sensationalist, sensationalize, sensationism, sense, sense and sensibility, sense datum, sense of equilibrium, sense organ, sense perception

Idioms

Origin of sense

1350–1400; (noun) Middle English < Latin sēnsus sensation, feeling, understanding, equivalent to sent(īre) to feel + -tus suffix of v. action, with tt > s; (v.) derivative of the noun
SYNONYMS FOR sense
4 Sense, sensation refer to consciousness of stimulus or of a perception as pleasant or unpleasant. A sense is an awareness or recognition of something; the stimulus may be subjective and the entire process may be mental or intellectual: a sense of failure. A sensation is an impression derived from an objective (external) stimulus through any of the sense organs: a sensation of heat. It is also a general, indefinite physical or emotional feeling: a sensation of weariness.
5 awareness, apprehension.
7 rationality.
9 estimation, appreciation.
13 signification, import, denotation, connotation, interpretation. See meaning.
16 feeling, sentiment.
19 discern, appreciate, recognize.
Related formshalf-sensed, adjectiveun·sensed, adjectiveun·sens·ing, adjective
Can be confusedcents scents sense
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for come to one's senses

sense

/ (sɛns) /

noun

verb (tr)

Word Origin for sense

C14: from Latin sēnsus, from sentīre to feel
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medicine definitions for come to one's senses

sense

[ sĕns ]

n.

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.
A perception or feeling that is produced by a stimulus; sensation, as of hunger.

v.

To become aware of; perceive.
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Idioms and Phrases with come to one's senses (1 of 2)

come to one's senses


Return to thinking or behaving sensibly and reasonably; recover consciousness. For example, I wish he'd come to his senses and stop playing around. This term employs senses in the sense of “normal or sane mental faculties,” and in the earliest recorded use (1637) it meant “recover from a swoon.” Its broader present-day meaning dates from the mid-1800s. The related bring someone to his or her senses was used by John Gay in his Beggars' Opera (1727). Also see take leave (of one's senses).

Idioms and Phrases with come to one's senses (2 of 2)

sense


see come to one's senses; horse sense; in a sense; lull into (a false sense of security); make sense; sixth sense; take leave of (one's senses); talk sense.

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