sense

sense1 [ sens ] noun ***
1. ) count sense of a strong feeling or belief about yourself:
Winning an award would give me a great sense of achievement.
They say they are dealing with the problem, but there seems to be no sense of urgency.
a sense of optimism/confidence/well-being: A little bit of praise and appreciation can give people a real sense of well-being.
a sense of foreboding/unease/panic: Beth read Jake's letter with a mounting sense of panic.
a sense of identity/belonging/community: It's a small village with a strong sense of local identity.
2. ) count one of the natural abilities that most people have to see, hear, smell, taste, and feel things, known as the five senses:
sense of smell/taste/touch etc.: Our sense of smell improves as fading light reduces vision.
a ) singular a natural ability or quality that some people have:
You need a good sense of balance to skate well.
sense of humor (=the ability to laugh at things or say funny things): She has a great sense of humor.
sense of direction (=an ability to know where you are going, even when you are in a place you do not know): I'm sure he'll be able to find the house he has a pretty good sense of direction.
business sense: Our father was a good designer, but he had no business sense.
b ) uncount the ability to behave in an intelligent way and make good decisions:
He should have had the sense to park the car in the shade.
talk sense (=speak in an intelligent way): At least they have someone who can talk sense on the subject.
3. ) uncount a good reason or a useful purpose:
There's no sense in going ahead until the costs have been agreed on.
see some sense (=start behaving in a reasonable way): I hope the governor will see some sense and accept the recommendation.
a ) senses plural a reasonable way of talking and behaving:
bring someone to their senses (=make someone become reasonable): What's it going to take to bring him to his senses?
come to your senses (=become reasonable): Portman urged the government to come to its senses and stop nuclear testing.
take leave of your senses (=become crazy): Why would he spend that much on a car? He must have taken leave of his senses.
4. ) count the meaning of a word or phrase:
The word bank has a number of senses.
We are talking about vocational training in the broadest sense.
a ) singular a way of thinking about or understanding something, although there may be other ways:
in a sense: My family's from this area, so in a sense it's like coming home.
in one sense: In one sense, Robertson is a typical politician.
make sense
1. ) to be practical and sensible:
It makes sense to keep such information on file for reference.
It made good sense to continue with the reforms.
2. ) to be easy to understand:
Her argument makes perfect sense to me.
make sense of something
to understand something that is complicated or unusual:
We've been trying to make sense of our dreams.
=> DRESS SENSE, HORSE SENSE, SIXTH SENSE
sense
sense 2 [ sens ] verb transitive **
1. ) to know about something through a natural ability or feeling, without being told:
Cats seem to instinctively sense his fear.
sense (that): I think she must have sensed there was something wrong.
I guess he sensed that I was a little nervous.
2. ) if a machine senses a change, it discovers it:
The machine senses when the engine gets too hot, and shuts itself off.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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