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gist

[ jist ]

noun

  1. the main or essential part of a matter:

    What was the gist of his speech?

    Synonyms: import, kernel, burden, substance, point, essence

  2. the ground of a legal action.


gist

/ dʒɪst /

noun

  1. the point or substance of an argument, speech, etc
  2. law the essential point of an action


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Word History and Origins

Origin of gist1

First recorded in 1720–30; from Anglo-French (cest action) gist “(this matter) lies,” 3rd-person singular present of Anglo-French, Old French gesir “to lie” (compare modern French ci-gît “here lies”), ultimately from Latin jacēre; adjacent ( def ), hic jacet ( def )
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Word History and Origins

Origin of gist1

C18: from Anglo-French, as in cest action gist en this action consists in, literally: lies in, from Old French gésir to lie, from Latin jacēre, from jacere to throw
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Example Sentences

Anyway, basically the gist of it was that they would not be picking that meal up and they wanted to donate it.

From Eater

“The gist is we have more resources and it’s easier to get these resources to the fire quickly because of technology,” he said.

Even for those who “have got the gist of that,” like VW, “whether they’re able to act on it or not within the required time frame is more challenging.”

From Fortune

It takes a bit of deciphering to understand, but once you’ve got the hang of it, you can get the gist of a specific location’s weather in just a few minutes.

Somehow, ART had learned “the gist” to the secret of biofuel manufacturing.

Despite a spiraling rabbit hole of media quibbling about what Huckabee supposedly said, the basic gist of his remarks were clear.

Mrs. Kennedy, interpreting the gist of the exchange, signaled to White that Camelot must be kept in the text.

One niece of a victim wrote her a letter, the gist of which was, “Lois Robison, shut up,” she said.

But, in short, the gist of this argument is: Afghanistan's a loser.

I suggest the 90-minute experience tour and a night watching of Citizen Kane to get the full gist of William Randolph Hearst.

Dont forget to tell the examiner that Toly and Modi are prepared for the upper division, so runs the gist of his letters.

As the gist of the tort consists of the injury done to one's reputation, the defamatory statement must have been published.

The gist of the Minority Report so far, at any rate, as the non-able-bodied are concerned may be put even more shortly.

The boss pushed that part of it aside abruptly, as he always does when he has got hold of the gist of a thing.

I can tell you the gist of them both in a few well-chosen phrases!

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