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SENSE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does sense mean? 

SENSE (noun)
  The noun SENSE has 5 senses:

1. a general conscious awareness
2. the meaning of a word or expression; the way in which a word or expression or situation can be interpreted
3. the faculty through which the external world is apprehended
4. sound practical judgment
5. a natural appreciation or ability

  Familiarity information: SENSE used as a noun is common.


SENSE (verb)
  The verb SENSE has 4 senses:

1. perceive by a physical sensation, e.g., coming from the skin or muscles
2. detect some circumstance or entity automatically
3. become aware of not through the senses but instinctively
4. comprehend

  Familiarity information: SENSE used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


SENSE (noun)


Sense 1sense [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A general conscious awareness

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Context examples:

a sense of security / a sense of happiness / a sense of danger / a sense of self

Hypernyms ("sense" is a kind of...):

awareness; cognisance; cognizance; consciousness; knowingness (having knowledge of)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "sense"):

sense of direction (an awareness of your orientation in space)

sense of responsibility (an awareness of your obligations)


Sense 2sense [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The meaning of a word or expression; the way in which a word or expression or situation can be interpreted

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

signified; sense

Context examples:

the dictionary gave several senses for the word / in the best sense charity is really a duty / the signifier is linked to the signified

Hypernyms ("sense" is a kind of...):

import; meaning; significance; signification (the message that is intended or expressed or signified)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "sense"):

acceptation; word meaning; word sense (the accepted meaning of a word)


Sense 3sense [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The faculty through which the external world is apprehended

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

sentiency; sensory faculty; sentience; sense; sensation

Context example:

in the dark he had to depend on touch and on his senses of smell and hearing

Hypernyms ("sense" is a kind of...):

faculty; mental faculty; module (one of the inherent cognitive or perceptual powers of the mind)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "sense"):

modality; sense modality; sensory system (a particular sense)

sensibility; sensitiveness; sensitivity ((physiology) responsiveness to external stimuli; the faculty of sensation)


Sense 4sense [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Sound practical judgment

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

common sense; good sense; gumption; horse sense; mother wit; sense

Context examples:

Common sense is not so common / he hasn't got the sense God gave little green apples / fortunately she had the good sense to run away

Hypernyms ("sense" is a kind of...):

discernment; judgement; judgment; sagaciousness; sagacity (the mental ability to understand and discriminate between relations)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "sense"):

logic (reasoned and reasonable judgment)

nous (common sense)

road sense (good judgment in avoiding trouble or accidents on the road)


Sense 5sense [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A natural appreciation or ability

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Context examples:

a keen musical sense / a good sense of timing

Hypernyms ("sense" is a kind of...):

appreciation; grasp; hold (understanding of the nature or meaning or quality or magnitude of something)


SENSE (verb)


Sense 1sense [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Perceive by a physical sensation, e.g., coming from the skin or muscles

Classified under:

Verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling

Synonyms:

sense; feel

Context examples:

He felt the wind / She felt an object brushing her arm / He felt his flesh crawl / She felt the heat when she got out of the car

Hypernyms (to "sense" is one way to...):

comprehend; perceive (to become aware of through the senses)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 2sense [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Detect some circumstance or entity automatically

Classified under:

Verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling

Context examples:

This robot can sense the presence of people in the room / particle detectors sense ionization

Hypernyms (to "sense" is one way to...):

detect; discover; find; notice; observe (discover or determine the existence, presence, or fact of)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s something


Sense 3sense [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Become aware of not through the senses but instinctively

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Context example:

I sense his hostility

Hypernyms (to "sense" is one way to...):

perceive (become conscious of)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE


Sense 4sense [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Comprehend

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Context example:

I sensed the real meaning of his letter

Hypernyms (to "sense" is one way to...):

understand (know and comprehend the nature or meaning of)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE


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