sense Definition

  • 1a faculty by which the body perceives an external stimulus; one of the faculties of sight, smell, hearing, taste, and touch.
  • 2a feeling that something is the case.
  • 3a sane and practical attitude to situations.

Using sense: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "sense" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    I have a good sense of smell.

  • Example

    She had a sense that something was wrong.

  • Example

    He has a great sense of humor.

  • Example

    It makes sense to save money for the future.

sense Synonyms and Antonyms

Idioms Using sense

  • be logical or comprehensible.


    Her explanation didn't make sense to me.

  • the ability to navigate and orient oneself in relation to the surrounding environment.


    He has a poor sense of direction and often gets lost.

  • a feeling of having a clear aim or goal in life.


    She found a sense of purpose in volunteering at the local shelter.

Phrases with sense

  • good sense and sound judgment in practical matters.


    It's just common sense to wear a seatbelt while driving.

  • a supposed intuitive faculty giving awareness not explicable in terms of normal perception.


    She had a sixth sense that he was lying to her.

  • the ability to appreciate and express humor.


    He has a great sense of humor and always makes me laugh.

Origins of sense

from Old French 'sens', from Latin 'sensus', from sentire 'feel'.


Summary: sense in Brief

The term 'sense' [sɛns] refers to the faculties of sight, smell, hearing, taste, and touch, as well as feelings and attitudes. It can denote practicality, as in 'He has a great sense of humor,' or intuition, as in 'She had a sense that something was wrong.' 'Sense' extends into phrases like 'common sense,' and idioms like 'make sense,' denoting logic, and 'sense of direction,' implying navigational ability.

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