Definition of intuit in English:



  • Understand or work out by instinct.

    ‘I intuited his real identity’
    • ‘They seemed to intuit the value of the vehicle during peacetime, and they were already positioning themselves for whatever civilian market there might be for the beloved vehicles.’
    • ‘Everything else has to be intuited from our senses.’
    • ‘But I've never, ever learned to intuit Celsius as a way to express temperature.’
    • ‘On a deeper level, I do believe that kids can intuit many aspects of the nihilist worldview - the possibility that suffering is meaningless, or that the only thing that happens after death is putrefaction.’
    • ‘But you did not have to be a socialist to intuit the complex structures of class discrimination of Irish life; you just had to grow up in a provincial Irish town in the mid-20th century.’
    • ‘The less music there is, and the more it's repeated, the more you intuit its presence and meaning; the more it becomes an actual character.’
    • ‘This was news to me, startling news, so, although I had intuited the answer to my next question, I desperately asked it anyway.’
    • ‘So the only thing you'd be left with was in fact the possibility that the cat might intuit this fact or that the mouse would attempt to communicate with his earlier cat-self.’
    • ‘Clairvoyance, the alleged psychic power of perceiving or intuiting the existence and character of distant states of affairs without the aid of any sensory input, remains the subject of considerable scientific controversy.’
    • ‘But, beyond what we will never know or understand about this often deliberately cryptic film, can we intuit a core logic, a phantasmal logic, which holds it together?’
    • ‘Somehow they have intuited the existence of a Threat, and instinctively grasped the need to meet it.’
    • ‘But, somehow we're supposed to immediately intuit that orange represents grains and blue represents dairy products.’
    • ‘Like all really good journalists, Paul had somehow intuited the true nature of the thing under discussion.’
    • ‘What can we learn from online work communities and today's online affiliatory communities (like online dating) to intuit the third space of the near future, both internationally and in Europe?’
    • ‘Having just read your blog and company website, it is crystal clear that you have already intuited the logic of this integration and the myriad of other possibilities that it offers.’
    • ‘He intuited the critical white areas on his canvases to convey dramatic aura.’
    • ‘With an understanding that somehow goes beyond his years, he intuits the nuances of the game, its geometry, its very nature.’
    • ‘This is to say, you will learn to intuit the same symbols that you would otherwise need to see laid out in front of you in a physical manifestation.’
    • ‘It was a pagan myth, full of the evocative imagery of pagan myth that intuited something true and, in a curious way, helped me to seek heaven (though I didn't know that at the time).’
    • ‘Did I subconsciously intuit these principles when I picked my design?’
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Late 18th century (in the sense instruct, teach): from Latin intuit- contemplated from the verb intueri, from in- upon + tueri to look.