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English definition of “sense”


noun (GOOD JUDGMENT)    /sens/
B2 [U] the characteristic of having good judgment , especially when it is based on practical ideas or understanding : [+ to infinitive] I hope they'll have the (good) sense/have enough sense to shut the windows before they leave . It makes (good) sense to buy a large packet because it works out cheaper in the end. [+ -ing verb] There's no sense in wait ing (= it is not practical to wait ) - the next train isn't for two hours . Where's/What's the sense (= what is the advantage ) in pay ing someone when you could get a volunteer ? Planning so far ahead makes no sense - so many things will have changed by next year .Wise and sensible senses [plural] the ability to use good judgment : Have you taken leave of your senses? (= Have you lost your ability to make a good judgment ?) It's time you came to your senses (= started to use your good judgment ) and realized that they are not going to help you. The accident brought him to his senses (= caused him to use his good judgment again) and made him stop drinking .Healthiness of mind
(Definition of sense noun (GOOD JUDGMENT) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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