sense

[ sens ]
/ sɛns /
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noun

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

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 forms

half-sensed, adjectiveun·sensed, adjectiveun·sens·ing, adjective

Can be confused

cents scents sense
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British Dictionary definitions for sense

sense

/ (sɛns) /

noun


verb (tr)

Word Origin for sense

C14: from Latin sēnsus, from sentīre to feel
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Medicine definitions for sense

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 sense

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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