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English noun: sense

1. sense (cognition) a general conscious awareness

SamplesA sense of security.
A sense of happiness.
A sense of danger.
A sense of self.

Broader (hypernym)awareness, cognisance, cognizance, consciousness, knowingness

Narrower (hyponym)sense of direction, sense of responsibility

2. sense (communication) the meaning of a word or expression; the way in which a word or expression or situation can be interpreted

SamplesThe dictionary gave several senses for the word.
In the best sense charity is really a duty.
The signifier is linked to the signified.


Broader (hypernym)import, meaning, significance, signification

Narrower (hyponym)acceptation, word meaning, word sense

3. sense (cognition) the faculty through which the external world is apprehended

SamplesIn the dark he had to depend on touch and on his senses of smell and hearing.

Synonymssensation, sensory faculty, sentience, sentiency

Broader (hypernym)faculty, mental faculty, module

Narrower (hyponym)modality, sense modality, sensibility, sensitiveness, sensitivity, sensory system

4. sense (cognition) sound practical judgment

SamplesCommon sense is not so common.
He hasn't got the sense God gave little green apples.
Fortunately she had the good sense to run away.

Synonymscommon sense, good sense, gumption, horse sense, mother wit

Broader (hypernym)discernment, judgement, judgment, sagaciousness, sagacity

Narrower (hyponym)logic, nous, road sense

5. sense (cognition) a natural appreciation or ability

SamplesA keen musical sense.
A good sense of timing.

Broader (hypernym)appreciation, grasp, hold

English verb: sense

1. sense (perception) perceive by a physical sensation, e.g., coming from the skin or muscles

SamplesHe felt the wind.
She felt an object brushing her arm.
He felt his flesh crawl.
She felt the heat when she got out of the car.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)comprehend, perceive

Verb groupfeel

2. sense (perception) detect some circumstance or entity automatically

SamplesThis robot can sense the presence of people in the room.
Particle detectors sense ionization.

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)detect, discover, find, notice, observe

3. sense (cognition) become aware of not through the senses but instinctively

SamplesI sense his hostility.
I smell trouble.
Smell out corruption.

Synonymssmell, smell out

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE

Broader (hypernym)perceive

4. sense (cognition) comprehend

SamplesI sensed the real meaning of his letter.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE

Broader (hypernym)understand

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