1 able to understand other people's feelings
VERBS be | become | make sb Her experiences had made her sensitive to other people's troubles.
ADV. deeply, extremely, highly, unusually, very a highly sensitive, caring man | increasingly | quite
PREP. to Horses are very sensitive to their riders' moods.
2 easily upset/annoyed
VERBS be, seem | become | remain
ADV. acutely, deeply, extremely, morbidly, painfully, particularly, terribly, very | a bit, pretty, rather
PREP. about Teenagers are often very sensitive about their appearance. | to He was acutely sensitive to criticism.
3 needing to be dealt with carefully
VERBS be | become | remain
ADV. extremely, highly, particularly, very this highly sensitive issue | fairly, rather, somewhat a somewhat sensitive question | commercially, environmentally, politically, socially commercially sensitive information
4 reacting quickly/more than usual to sth
VERBS be | become
ADV. extremely, highly, morbidly, painfully, particularly, unusually, very | quite
PREP. to Her eyes are very sensitive to light.
5 able to measure very small changes
VERBS be The bat's hearing is remarkably sensitive.
ADV. acutely, especially, exquisitely, extremely, highly, keenly, remarkably, very The equipment is highly sensitive. | fairly, quite | enough, sufficiently The probe is sensitive enough to detect the presence of a single microbe.
PREP. to sensitive to the slightest movement