Synonyms of sense in English:


See definition of sense


1‘the sense of touch’


sensory faculty, feeling, sensation, perception

sight, hearing, touch, taste, smell, sixth sense

dated sensibility

2‘she felt a sense of guilt’


awareness, feeling, sensation, consciousness, perception, recognition

3‘a sense of humour’


appreciation, awareness, understanding, comprehension, discernment, acknowledgement

4‘the driver had the sense to press the panic button’


wisdom, common sense, good sense, practicality, sagacity, sharpness, discernment, perception

native wit, mother wit, wit, level-headedness, intelligence, cleverness, astuteness, shrewdness, judgement, soundness of judgement, understanding, reason, logic, brain, brains

informal gumption, nous, horse sense, savvy

British informal loaf, common

North American informal smarts


stupidity, mindlessness

5‘I can't see the sense in leaving all the work to you’


purpose, point, reason, aim, object, motive, use, utility, value, advantage, benefit

6‘here there are two different senses of ‘exist’’


meaning, definition, import, denotation, signification, significance, purport, implication, intention, nuance, drift, gist, thrust, tenor, burden, theme, message, essence, spirit, substance


1‘she could sense their hostility to her’


discern, feel, observe, notice, get the impression of, recognize, pick up, be cognizant of, become cognizant of, be aware of, become aware of, be conscious of, become conscious of, come to know, get to know, tell, distinguish, make out, find, identify, comprehend, apprehend, see, discover, learn, appreciate, realize, suspect, have a funny feeling, have a hunch, just know, divine, intuit, conceive

informal catch on to

British informal twig

rare cognize