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sense

noun
 
 
/sens/
GOOD JUDGMENT [U] B2 good judgment, especially about practical things: He had the good sense to book a seat in advance.Wise and sensible
ABILITY [no plural] B2 the ability to do something: a sense of direction good business sense Skill, talent and ability
NATURAL ABILITY [C] B2 one of the five natural abilities of sight, hearing, touch, smell, and taste: I have a very poor sense of smell.The senses in general
a sense of humour UK (US a sense of humor) B1 the ability to understand funny things and to be funny yourselfHumour and humorous
a sense of loyalty/responsibility/security, etc the quality or feeling of being loyal, responsible, safe, etc: He has absolutely no sense of loyalty. Driving along in a comfortable car can give you a false sense of security.Feelings - general words
MEANING [C] B2 the meaning of a word, phrase, or sentenceLinguistic terms and linguistic styleMeaning and significanceTypifying, illustrating and exemplifying
in a sense/in some senses thinking about something in a particular way: In a sense, he's right.Ways of achieving things
make sense B2 to have a meaning or reason that you can understand: He's written me this note but it doesn't make any sense.Meaning and significanceTypifying, illustrating and exemplifying B2 to be a good thing to do: [+ to do sth] It makes sense to buy now while prices are low.Wise and sensible
make sense of sth to understand something that is difficult to understand: I'm trying to make sense of this document.Understanding and comprehending
→ See also common sense, come to your senses
(Definition of sense noun from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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