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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.


Synonymssignified


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.


Synonymsfeel


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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