Meaning of “the gist” in the English Dictionary


"the gist" in English

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the gistnoun [ S ]

uk /dʒɪst/ us /dʒɪst/

the most important pieces of information about something, or general information without details:

That was the gist of what he said.
I think I got (= understood) the gist of what she was saying.

(Definition of “the gist” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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gistnoun [ U ]

us /dʒɪst/

the main subject, without details, of a piece of information:

The gist of what she said was that I didn’t know what I was talking about.

(Definition of “gist” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)