1 one of the five natural physical powers of the body
ADJ. acute, good, keen | poor | sixth
VERB + SENSE have He has an acute sense of smell. | lose She lost her sense of hearing early in life. | regain | heighten, sharpen | dull | appeal to He argued that art should appeal to the senses rather than the intellect.
SENSE + VERB tell sb When she came to, her senses told her she was lying on a sandy beach. | reel, swim Her senses reeled as she fought for consciousness.
SENSE + NOUN organ
PREP. through the ~s Although he can't see, he learns a lot through his other senses.
PHRASES an assault on the senses, the evidence of your senses, the five senses, the sense of hearing/sight/smell/taste/touch
2 understanding/awareness of sth
ADJ. deep, great, keen, strong, tremendous He felt a deep sense of relief after the phone call. | growing, heightened | slight, vague a vague sense of unease | innate, intuitive, natural a natural sense of justice | moral
VERB + SENSE feel, have | display, show | give sb | lose | heighten, sharpen | dull
PREP. ~ of He seems to have lost his sense of reality.
3 natural ability to do/produce sth well
ADJ. good | bad, poor | innate, intuitive, natural | business, dress He has no dress sense.
VERB + SENSE have
PREP. ~ of a good sense of direction/rhythm/timing
4 ability to think/act in a sensible way
ADJ. good | common, horse Common sense tells me I should get more sleep.
VERB + SENSE have He at least had the sense to call the police. | display, show | learn I wish my daughter would learn some sense.
SENSE + VERB tell sb
PHRASES have more money than sense, (not) an ounce of sense If you had an ounce of sense, you'd never have agreed to help him.
ADJ. perfect It all makes perfect sense (= is easy to understand).
VERB + SENSE make | see I tried to make him see sense, but he just wouldn't listen. | talk If you can't talk sense, I'm leaving!
PREP. ~ in There's a lot of sense in what he's saying.
PHRASES talk sense into sb We'll try and talk a little sense into her. | there's no sense in sth There's no sense in going home before the film.
6 your senses: ability to think clearly
VERB + SENSE come to, regain | take leave of Have you taken leave of your senses? | bring sb to
PHRASES in your (right) senses No one in their right senses would give him the job!
ADJ. broad, wide The novel is about education in its widest sense. | narrow, strict | accepted | figurative, metaphorical | literal | pejorative | legal, technical
VERB + SENSE have That word has three senses. | make That sentence doesn't make sense (= has no meaning).
PREP. in a ~ In a sense, she's right.
PHRASES in every sense of the word, in a very real sense In a very real sense, post-war repression was the continuation of the war. | in the true sense of the word
ADV. clearly, strongly I sensed quite strongly that she was angry with me. | dimly, vaguely | just Maybe she could just sense what I needed. | intuitively