S s


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [sens]
    • /sɛns/
    • /sens/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [sens]
    • /sɛns/

Definitions of sense word

  • noun sense any of the faculties, as sight, hearing, smell, taste, or touch, by which humans and animals perceive stimuli originating from outside or inside the body: My sense of smell tells me that dinner is ready. 1
  • noun sense these faculties collectively. 1
  • noun sense their operation or function; sensation. 1
  • noun sense a feeling or perception produced through the organs of touch, taste, etc., or resulting from a particular condition of some part of the body: to have a sense of cold. 1
  • noun sense a faculty or function of the mind analogous to sensation: the moral sense. 1
  • noun sense any special capacity for perception, estimation, appreciation, etc.: a sense of humor. 1

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Origin of sense

First appearance:

before 1350
One of the 20% oldest English words
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

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Parts of speech for Sense


sense popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 100% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

sense usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for sense

verb sense

  • absorb — If something absorbs a liquid, gas, or other substance, it soaks it up or takes it in.
  • accounted — an oral or written description of particular events or situations; narrative: an account of the meetings; an account of the trip.
  • apperceive — to be aware of perceiving
  • apprehend — If the police apprehend someone, they catch them and arrest them.
  • assimilate — When people such as immigrants assimilate into a community or when that community assimilates them, they become an accepted part of it.

noun sense

  • acceptation — the accepted meaning, as of a word, phrase, etc
  • acuities — sharpness; acuteness; keenness: acuity of vision; acuity of mind.
  • acuity — Acuity is sharpness of vision or hearing, or quickness of thought.
  • aftereffect — The aftereffects of an event, experience, or substance are the conditions which result from it.
  • aha — Aha is used in writing to represent a noise that people make in conversation, for example to express satisfaction or surprise.

Antonyms for sense

noun sense

  • absurdity — the quality or state of being absurd; nonsense
  • absurdness — utterly or obviously senseless, illogical, or untrue; contrary to all reason or common sense; laughably foolish or false: an absurd explanation.
  • after hours — occurring, engaged in, or operating after the normal or legal closing time for business: an after-hours drinking club.
  • amphigory — a piece of nonsensical writing in verse or, less commonly, prose
  • applesauce — a relish or dessert made of apples stewed to a pulp and sweetened; (fig.) (sl.) bunkum, nonsense

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