make sense

verb
be reasonable or logical or comprehensible (Freq. 9)
Syn: ↑add up
Hypernyms: ↑be
Verb Frames:
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Something ——s

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It ——s that CLAUSE

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be intelligible, justifiable, or practicable

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make sense
1 : to have a clear meaning : to be easy to understand

We read the recommendations and thought they made (perfect) sense.

The instructions don't make any sense (at all). = The instructions make no sense (at all). = The instructions make little sense.

You're not making much sense (to me). [=I can't understand what you're saying]

2 : to be reasonable

It makes sense to leave early to avoid traffic.

It makes little/no sense to continue. [=there is little/no point in continuing]

Why would he do such an awful thing? It makes no sense (to me).

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Main Entry:sense

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make ˈsense idiom
1. to have a meaning that you can easily understand

This sentence doesn't make sense.

2. to be a sensible thing to do

It makes sense to buy the most up-to-date version.

3. to be easy to understand or explain

John wasn't making much sense on the phone.

Who would send me all these flowers? It makes no sense.

Main entry:senseidiom

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • make sense — {v. phr.} 1. To be something you can understand or explain; not be difficult or strange. * /The explanation in the school book made no sense because the words were hard./ Compare: MAKE HEAD OR TAIL OF. 2. To seem right to do; sound reasonable or… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • make sense — {v. phr.} 1. To be something you can understand or explain; not be difficult or strange. * /The explanation in the school book made no sense because the words were hard./ Compare: MAKE HEAD OR TAIL OF. 2. To seem right to do; sound reasonable or… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • make sense of — (something) to understand something. The community is trying to make sense of the tragedy …   New idioms dictionary

  • make sense — ► make sense be intelligible, justifiable, or practicable. Main Entry: ↑sense …   English terms dictionary

  • make sense of — ► make sense of find meaning or coherence in. Main Entry: ↑sense …   English terms dictionary

  • make sense — index cohere (be logically consistent) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • make sense of — index elucidate, interpret Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • make sense — verb a) To be coherent or reasonable. The thing doesn’t make sense to me. b) To decipher or understand. Somehow the combination didn’t make sense, but Cranston took it at face value, whatever that was worth …   Wiktionary

  • make\ sense — v. phr. 1. To be something you can understand or explain; not be difficult or strange. The explanation in the school book made no sense because the words were hard. Compare: make head or tail of 2. To seem right to do; sound reasonable or… …   Словарь американских идиом

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