*Sence or Sense? | Meaning, Definition & Spelling
Sense is a verb meaning “feel” and a noun meaning “good judgment,” “awareness,” “vague impression,” and “particular meaning.” It can also be used to refer to one of the five sensory faculties (i.e., sight, smell, taste, touch, and hearing).
People sometimes mistakenly write “sence” instead of sense, but it’s wrong and should be avoided. While some words with a similar pronunciation are spelled with a “c” (e.g., “fence”), others are always spelled with an “s” (e.g., “tense”); sense belongs to the latter group.
Make(s) sense is an expression used to say that something is logical or reasonable. A quantifier (e.g., “a lot of”) can be placed between the words to emphasize or qualify the statement. “Make(s) sence” (with a “c”) is never correct.
Make sense of
Make sense of is an expression meaning “understand.” It functions as a transitive verb with the direct object being the thing that is understood. Again, “make sence of” is never the correct spelling.
More uses of sense
Sense is also used in a range of expressions. In all cases, it should be spelled sense, not “sence.”
|Joseline has a lot of common sense.||Good judgment|
|Una has good fashion sense.||Understanding of how to dress well|
|In a sense, you are correct.||From one point of view|
|Two weeks of detention ought to knock some sense into you.||Force someone to think or act reasonably|
|Eventually, you’ll see sense.||Stop behaving foolishly|
|Liz has a morbid sense of humor.||Ability to appreciate things that are funny|
|Sandra felt a strong sense of achievement when she passed her exams.||Feeling of accomplishment|
|I went to Tony’s piano recital out of a sense of obligation.||Feeling of responsibility|
|Please talk sense!||Speak in a logical or reasonable way|
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Frequently asked questions
- What is a synonym for “sense”?
- What is a synonym for “make sense”?
Some synonyms and near synonyms for make sense include:
- Be clear
- Be consistent
- Be understandable
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