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Definition of sense verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they sense
    he / she / it senses
    past simple sensed
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  1. 1(not used in the progressive tenses)
  2. become aware
  3. 2to become aware of something even though you cannot see it, hear it, etc. sense something Sensing danger, they started to run. I sensed a note of tension in his voice. sense (that)… Lisa sensed that he did not believe her. Thomas, she sensed, could convince anyone of anything. sense somebody/something doing something He sensed someone moving around behind him. sense somebody/something do something He sensed something move in the bushes. sense how, what, etc… She could sense how nervous he was.
  4. of machine
  5. 3sense something to discover and record something equipment that senses the presence of toxic gases
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: sense